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

As Russia’s invasion of a sovereign European nation beneath false pretexts marks one month, here’s the most recent headlines from the struggle in Ukraine….
• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Italian parliament via video call on Tuesday. He warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimate goal is to take Europe. He said that Putin’s goal is “to have influence and control over your politics, to destroy your values. Off the record is the gateway to Europe for Russian troops.” Zelensky received a standing ovation before and after his 12-minute speech to lawmakers in Rome, saying…
“Tens of hundreds of households have been destroyed. The lifeless are buried in mass graves, the Russian invasion is destroying our country, our people have become a military.”
• Putin’s high spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to rule out the use of nuclear weapons. In an interview with PBS host Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Peskov stated nuclear weapons would solely be used within the occasion of an “existential threat” to Russia. Afterward, the US Pentagon denounced the comment as reckless, saying…
“It’s not the greatest way a accountable nuclear energy should act.”
• Western intelligence businesses say the Russian advance continues to stall, as Putin’s troops take up defensive positions of their effort to encircle large Ukrainian cities like Kyiv. There are reports of provide shortages and frostbite amongst Russian troops.
• Meanwhile, in the southern metropolis of Mariupol, around 100,000 residents stay trapped. Russian forces have targeted their efforts on capturing on capturing the strategic port city and have surrounded it, cutting off humanitarian help and preventing the escape of civilians.
• In his nightly Facebook handle, Zelensky said around 7,000 Mariupol residents have been rescued on Tuesday. He stated that town, which is residence to more than 450,000 people, is being “reduced to ashes.” New images show Russian forces dug in around the southern port metropolis.
• Fighting rages across the Kyiv suburbs with Russian and Ukrainian forces reportedly each making gains. Ukraine’s forces stated a counterattack north and west of Kyiv appears to have made some headway and they regained control of Makariv, a city west of the capital. According to a US official, Ukrainian forces are actually preventing to take back misplaced territory.
• US President Joe Biden and European allies will maintain a sequence of emergency summits in Europe this week. The US is predicted to announce “a additional package of sanctions” on Moscow when Biden travels to Brussels for talks with G7 and Nato leaders on Thursday. Zelensky is expected to deal with the gathering via remote teleconference. Ukrainian officials say he will request extra air defence techniques..

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