• March 25, 2023

Russia accuses Nato of ‘proxy war’ in Ukraine | First Thing

Comments came as diplomats gather in Germany for US-hosted talks to navigate ‘critical’ phase. Plus, Bennifer and the other couples who got back together

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Russia’s foreign minister has accused Nato of fighting a proxy war by supplying military aid to Ukraine, as defence ministers gathered in Germany for US-hosted talks on supporting Ukraine through what one US general called a “very critical” few weeks.

Where are the talks happening? The US talks, hosted in Germany by the US defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, are expected to see more than 40 countries and the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, gather at Ramstein airbase south-west of Frankfurt.

What will be discussed? Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said a key goal of the talks was to coordinate mounting security assistance to Kyiv that included heavy weaponry, such as howitzers, as well as armed drones and ammunition.

What else is happening? Here’s what we know on day 62 of the invasion.

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