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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday, urging an end to the two-month-long war in neighboring Ukraine. Reports said the meeting, criticized by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, failed to produce any change in Russia’s position. 

Separately, two explosions were reported in the Trans-Dniester region yesterday. The thin, 249-mile-long strip of land (see 101), sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine, has been controlled by separatists since 1992 and is home to roughly 1,500 Russian troops. Concerns have grown that the troops, ostensibly there for peacekeeping efforts, may attempt to invade Ukraine and link to the eastern Donbas region, giving Russia control of the country’s south. 

Meanwhile, US officials said they’ve accelerated deliveries of military supplies to Ukraine, while Germany said it would send anti-aircraft tanks to bolster defenses. The aid comes as Russia continues to bombard much of the Donbas region with heavy artillery—see updates here.