UK aims to send Challenger tanks to Ukraine by end of March

AP - Pavel Golovkin

The British government said Thursday that it would send tanks to Ukraine in the end of March. The British announcement came after French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna arrived in Odesa to meet her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba amid a wave of Russian strikes across the country. Read our live blog to see how all the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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9:44pm: US imposes sanctions on Chinese firm for aiding Russia's military campaign

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a Chinese company for allegedly providing satellite imagery of Ukraine to help Russia's Wagner mercenary group, while American lawmakers pushed for stronger action against Beijing.

The Treasury Department and State Department announced a slew of actions as they formally designated the Wagner Group as a transnational criminal organisation.

The new sanctions "will further impede the Kremlin's ability to arm its war-machine that is engaged in a war of aggression against Ukraine, and which has caused unconscionable death and destruction," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

Among the firms targeted was Changsha Tianyi Space Science and Technology Research Institute Co., a Chinese firm which the Treasury Department said has provided satellite imagery over Ukraine to the Wagner Group.

9:40pm: UN refugee chief warns Europe to 'be ready', as more Ukrainians expected to flee war


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