March 23, 2022

Armed conflicts and attacks

Russo-Ukrainian War

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

A laboratory near the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is looted and destroyed by Russian soldiers. (CNN)

Kyiv offensive

Battle of Kyiv

Four people are injured by a series of Russian Air Force strikes on infrastructure in Kyiv. (Euronews)

Russian journalist Oksana Baulina is killed in shelling in Kyiv's Podilskyi District. (BBC News)

Somali Civil War

March 2022 Somalia attacks

Two Kenyan guards and a Somali policeman are killed during a shooting attack by al-Shabaab gunmen at Mogadishu International Airport. Two of the attackers are also killed. Several more people are wounded. All domestic and international flights at the airport are suspended. (Reuters)

Two suicide bombers blow themselves up targeting a vehicle carrying politician Amina Mohamed Abdi in Beledweyne, killing her and 47 more people. At least 105 more are injured. (Reuters)

Yemeni Civil War

A car bombing kills four people in Aden, Yemen, including a Brigadier General. (Reuters)

Business and economy

Economic impact of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin demands that countries that he deems "unfriendly" pay for deliveries of natural gas in rubles. (Bloomberg)

The Moscow Stock Exchange will reopen in a limited capacity on March 24, ending the almost month-long shutdown of the stock exchange's activities. (Bloomberg)

2022 boycott of Russia and Belarus

Sanofi suspends the delivery of non-essential drugs to Russia and Belarus. However, essential and life-changing medicines and vaccines will still be delivered. (Reuters)

Nestlé announces that it will suspend sales of non-essential items in Russia, following similar company boycotts to Russia. (Reuters)

Health and environment

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic in North America

COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec

Quebec health officials approve a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for high-risk groups in order to prepare for the possibility of a sixth wave of COVID-19 cases in the province. (Global News)

COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa

South Africa lifts its remaining COVID-19 restrictions including mandatory PCR tests for vaccinated travellers as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline. (Al Jazeera)

COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea

South Korea surpasses 10 million cases of COVID-19. (Sky News)

International relations

Foreign relations of Russia

Anatoly Chubais, the special envoy of the Kremlin for ties with international organisations, resigns from his post and leaves Russia. (Reuters)

Poland–Russia relations

Poland expels 45 staff of the Russian embassy in Warsaw for "spying activities". (Rzeczpospolita)

Belarus–Ukraine relations

Belarus expels most Ukrainian diplomats, accusing Kyiv of interfering in Belarus's domestic affairs. Only five diplomats will remain at the embassy in Minsk. Belarus additionally orders the closure of the Ukrainian consulate in Brest. (AFP via The Straits Times)

Nuclear program of Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says that Iran and other world powers are closer to finalizing an agreement to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. (Reuters)

Law and crime

Aftermath of the 2021 United States Capitol attack

Criminal charges in the 2021 United States Capitol attack

Capitol riot suspect Evan Neumann has been granted asylum in Belarus "indefinitely". Neumann claimed that he faced "political persecution" in the United States. (BBC News)

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

The Israel Border Police arrests 17 Palestinians whom it suspects of taking part in riots last month. (Times of Israel)