UKRAINE UPDATES: Zelensky warns Italy of Putin’s finish game; Russia might use nuclear weapons beneath ‘existential threat’

As Russia’s invasion of a sovereign European nation beneath false pretexts marks one month, here’s the latest headlines from the war in Ukraine….
• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Italian parliament through video name on Tuesday. He warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimate objective is to take Europe. He said that Putin’s aim is “to have influence and control over your politics, to destroy your values. Ukraine is the gateway to Europe for Russian troops.” Zelensky acquired a standing ovation earlier than and after his 12-minute speech to lawmakers in Rome, saying…
“Tens of thousands of households have been destroyed. The lifeless are buried in mass graves, the Russian invasion is destroying our country, our people have turn into a military.”
• Putin’s high spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to rule out the usage of nuclear weapons. In an interview with PBS host Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Peskov said nuclear weapons would only be used within the event of an “existential threat” to Russia. Afterward, the US Pentagon denounced the remark as reckless, saying…
“It’s not the greatest way a accountable nuclear energy ought to act.”
Six-figure say the Russian advance continues to stall, as Putin’s troops take up defensive positions of their effort to encircle massive Ukrainian cities like Kyiv. There are stories of provide shortages and frostbite among Russian troops.
• Meanwhile, within the southern metropolis of Mariupol, round one hundred,000 residents stay trapped. Russian forces have centered their efforts on capturing on capturing the strategic port metropolis and have surrounded it, slicing off humanitarian assist and preventing the escape of civilians.
• In his nightly Facebook handle, Zelensky said round 7,000 Mariupol residents had been rescued on Tuesday. He stated that the town, which is home to more than 450,000 people, is being “reduced to ashes.” New pictures present Russian forces dug in across the southern port city.
• Fighting rages around the Kyiv suburbs with Russian and Ukrainian forces reportedly each making positive aspects. Ukraine’s forces said a counterattack north and west of Kyiv seems to have made some headway and they regained management of Makariv, a town west of the capital. According to a US official, Ukrainian forces are now preventing to take again lost territory.
• US President Joe Biden and European allies will maintain a sequence of emergency summits in Europe this week. The US is expected to announce “a further package of sanctions” on Moscow when Biden travels to Brussels for talks with G7 and Nato leaders on Thursday. Zelensky is anticipated to handle the gathering via remote teleconference. Ukrainian officers say he will request more air defence methods..

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