Armed Clashes in Sudan
On 15 April 2023, armed clashes between the Rapid Support Forces and the regular army in the Sudanese capital Khartoum were reported. Later, the fighting between the military forces spread to other Sudanese regions.

Sudanese Ambassador in Moscow Questions Reports About Ukraine's Aid to Sudanese Army

© AP Photo / Marwan AliSmoke is seen rising from a neighborhood in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, April 15, 2023
Smoke is seen rising from a neighborhood in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, April 15, 2023 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 01.06.2024
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Sudanese Ambassador in Moscow Mohamed Siraj in an interview with Sputnik questioned the accuracy of reports that the Ukrainian military were fighting as part of the Sudanese army at the outbreak of a conflict in the country.
In March, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing Ukrainian and Sudanese military officials, that the Sudanese sovereignty council had secretly supplied arms to Kiev since the start of Russia's special military operation, and the latter has returned the debt by sending troops to help the Sudanese regular army in its conflict with rebels.
"I have seen the video and read about it. I cannot confirm this. I do not have any official information on this matter. However, I think it is likely that such information is being used by some circles to promote their agenda in the region and on the international arena in times of political polarization," the ambassador said.
The diplomat noted that such claims target Moscow and any attempts to build prosperous and developing bilateral relations between Russia and Sudan.
In April 2023, violent clashes broke out between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group. The parties to the conflict have since introduced a number of temporary nationwide ceasefires, but none have helped settle the conflict. In late October, the parties resumed negotiations, mediated by Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, but hostilities in the country continue.
The Kremlin has consistently warned against continued arms deliveries to Kiev since the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine in February 2022, saying it would lead to further escalation of the conflict. In April 2022, Russia sent a diplomatic note to all NATO countries on the issue of arms supplies to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine will become a legitimate target for Russian strikes.