MOSCOW — Russia isn’t ruling out the use of nuclear weapons as it continues its month-long invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow would consider using nukes if it saw an “existential threat” against Russia.
Peskov also admitted Russia hadn’t achieved its goals in Ukraine and is still demanding that Ukraine demilitarize and remain neutral. And, he repeated Moscow’s line that Russia has only attacked military targets in Ukraine, despite evidence to the contrary.
President Biden is leaving for Belgium today. He’ll join NATO leaders for a summit tomorrow where he’s expected to reveal new sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine.
The Pentagon press secretary says there are indications the Ukrainians are taking more of an offensive approach as they try to repel Russian forces.
“We have seen indications the Ukrainians are going a bit more on the offense now,” John Kirby said. “They have been defending very smartly, ver nimbly, very creatively in places that they believe are the right places to defend.”
Meantime, Kirby said thousands of U.S. troops remain in Poland conducting training exercises with Polish troops.
Ukraine’s government is urging Russia to allow at least 100,000 people to leave the besieged city of Mariupol. Russian forces continue to bombard the southern port city on this 28th day of fighting, turning into what the city council calls the “ashes of a dead land.” And the country’s military is warning all Ukrainians of more indiscriminate Russian shelling.
The European Union is due to set out plans today for how it will provide housing, jobs, and education for the millions of refugees who have left Ukraine.
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