War between Russia and Ukraine: list of important events, day 425

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By Webdesk

As the war enters its 425th day, we take a look at the main developments.

This is the state of affairs on Monday, April 24, 2023:


  • Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that if the G7 bans exports to Russia, Moscow would respond by terminating the Black Sea grain deal with Ukraine, indicating it will not continue the deal beyond May 18. The G7 has called for the “extension, full implementation and expansion” of the Black Sea port grain deal.
  • Ukraine, France and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have expressed their displeasure after the Chinese ambassador in Paris questioned the sovereignty of former Soviet countries. “These ex-USSR countries have no real status in international law because there is no international agreement to realize their sovereign status,” Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye said in an interview broadcast on French television.

To fight

  • Russia on Sunday said its troops have advanced in Bakhmut, while Ukrainian Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi shared images on the Telegram messaging app with the caption “Bakhmut frontline. Our defense continues.”
  • Belarusian military units have undergone training on how to use Russia’s Iskander tactical missile system to launch nuclear weapons, the Belarusian defense ministry said.
  • Russia’s Black Sea Fleet repelled a drone attack on the Crimean port of Sevastopol early Monday morning, the city’s Moscow-installed governor said on social media.
  • Russia has bombed the Ukrainian cities of Kherson and Beryslav, destroying about 30 buildings and injuring civilians, a spokesman for Ukraine’s southern command said.


  • Global military spending hit a record last year as Russia’s war against Ukraine sparked Europe’s biggest annual increase in spending since the end of the Cold War 30 years ago, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
  • Russian billionaires have seen their wealth grow to more than half a trillion dollars, adding $152 billion in the past year, aided by high natural resource prices, Forbes Russia reports.

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