Moscow – Russia has not ruled out using nuclear weapons since continuing its month-long aggression against Ukraine.
Speaking to CNN’s Christian Amanpur on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow would consider using nuclear weapons if it saw a “threat to existence” against Russia.
Peskov acknowledged that Russia had failed to achieve its goal in Ukraine and still demanded that Ukraine be demilitarized and remained neutral. And, he reiterated Moscow’s line that Russia has only attacked Ukraine’s military targets, despite evidence to the contrary.
President Biden is leaving for Belgium today. He will join NATO leaders for a summit tomorrow where he is expected to announce new sanctions against Russia over its attack on Ukraine.
The Pentagon’s press secretary said there were indications that Ukrainians were using Russian aggression as well as trying to withdraw their forces.
“We have seen indications that Ukrainians are now going a little higher in crime,” said John Kirby. “They’ve very intelligently, very creatively defended the place they believe is the right place to protect.”
Meanwhile, Kirby said thousands of U.S. troops were conducting training exercises with Polish troops in Poland.
The Ukrainian government is urging Russia to allow at least 100,000 people to leave the besieged city of Mariupol. On the 26th day of the war, Russian forces continued to bomb the southern port city, which the city council called “the ashes of the dead land.” And the country’s military is warning all Ukrainians about more indiscriminate Russian shelling.
The European Union will today make plans for how it will provide housing, employment and education for the millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine.
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