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Russian progress 'significantly blunted' amid failure to control Ukraine airspace; China says it's on the right side of history

This has been CNBC's live blog covering updates on the war in Ukraine. [Follow the latest updates here.]

It's been more than three weeks since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. The Kremlin's operational progress has been "significantly blunted" due to its failure to control Ukrainian airspace, the UK Defense Ministry said.

After the meeting between the leaders of the U.S. and China, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters that Beijing will "never accept any external coercion or pressure," and that it opposes "any groundless accusations or suspicions targeted against China."

Overnight, Russian artillery attacks continued to bombard residential areas in Kyiv, killing hundreds. Kyiv's military administration said 229 people, including four children, have been killed since the start of the war. Russia has killed 847 Ukrainian civilians, including 64 children, since Russia attacked Ukraine, the United Nations said.

Meanwhile, Russian forces are deporting thousands of Ukrainian citizens against their will to Russia, Mariupol's City Council claimed in a Telegram post. The information has not yet been verified by U.S. officials or CNBC.

Time will prove China is on the right side of history, China's foreign minister says

China is on the right side of history with regard to the Ukraine crisis — and time will prove it, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, according to Chinese state media.

"We have always stood for maintaining peace and opposing war," Wang said, according to CGTN News.

His comments came after the Friday meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S President Joe Biden, during which Biden warned of "consequences" if China were to provide material support to the Kremlin in its war against Ukraine.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a press conference on China's foreign policy and foreign relations on the sidelines of the fifth session of the 13th National People's Congress NPC in Beijing, China on March 7, 2022.
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Speaking to reporters a day after the U.S.-China meeting, Wang said Beijing will make its own assessment of the situation in an objective and fair manner.

"We will never accept any external coercion or pressure, and we will also oppose any groundless accusations or suspicions targeted against China," he added.

Beijing has so far refrained from condemning Russia, and has refused to call the violence in Ukraine an "invasion."

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About 30% of Ukraine's economy has been shut down, finance ministry says

A child carrying a doll poses for a photo as she waits for her mother in a supermarket in Kyiv. Amid the economic shock brought by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, petrol prices have hit another record. The Foreign Ministry has said preliminary data shows about 30% of the economy is now "either not working or temporarily not working."
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Nearly one-third of Ukraine's economy has been shut down as a result of the Russian invasion, said Ukraine's Finance Ministry, according to NBC News.

Preliminary calculations show that "about 30% of the economy is now either not working or temporarily not working," said the head of the finance ministry, Serhiy Marchenko.

He said Ukraine will now have to borrow to meet its financial needs.

"Now the situation is such that our tax revenues do not cover our needs, the main channel is borrowing, internal and external," he said "We finance the needs for the army and other important thing from the budget." 

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Moscow has failed to gain control of Ukrainian airspace, says UK Defense Ministry

People hold signs asking for the protection of Ukrainian air space in front of the German embassy on March 4, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. The UK Defense Ministry said in its March 20, 2022 update that Russian forces have failed to gain control of Ukrainian airspace, which has "significantly blunted their operational progress."
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Russia has failed to gain control of the air in its war against Ukraine — and failure to do so has "significantly blunted their operational progress," the UK's Defense Ministry said in its latest intelligence report.

"The Ukrainian Air Force and Air Defence Forces are continuing to effectively defend Ukrainian air space," the ministry said.

As a result, the Kremlin is now relying heavily on stand-off weapons launched from Russian airspace to strike targets within Ukraine, according to the update.

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Ukrainians queue for ID cards in Warsaw, Poland

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees have been standing in line to obtain ID cards in the Polish capital of Warsaw, the Associated Press reported.

Ukrainians who obtain the PESEL identity cards will be allowed to get a job, go to school, and gain access to health care and social benefits at least for the next 18 months.

Polish authorities told the AP that over 123,000 refugees have been given the ID numbers since the program's launch on Wednesday.

Refugees from Ukraine who fled to Poland after Russian attack are filling in documents in front of a register point at Tauron Arena where they can obtain a PESEL national identification number and remain in the country. Krakow, Poland on March 16, 2022.
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In three weeks, Poland has received more than two million refugees forced to flee from Ukraine, the UN Refugee Agency said.

"This has been a tremendous effort from the people, local communities, municipalities and government of Poland in receiving and hosting new arrivals," said Christine Goyer, UNHCR's Representative in Poland.

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Athletes show support for Ukraine while competing at the World Athletics Indoor Championships

Athletes wear Ukrainian colors in support of Ukraine amid Russia's invasion in Ukraine while competing at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Canada's Gabriela Debues-Stafford in action during the Women's 3000m final wearing the Ukr