Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitre | Edited by Swati Bhasin
The war in Ukraine has entered its 48th day. Amid unconfirmed reports of chemical weapons being used in Mairupol, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned on Monday that Russia could use chemical weapons in the war-torn country. He reminds world leaders of the possible use of chemical weapons by the Russian military “, he also called on the West to impose tougher sanctions to deter Moscow from such acts. Several cities, buildings and roads were destroyed by Russian gunfire and Ukraine has accused Russia of war crimes, including massacres and rapes, and Mariupol officials have said more than 10,000 civilians have been killed so far, according to the Associated Press.
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Here are ten updates on the Ukraine War:
- The mayor of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol said more than 10,000 civilians had been killed in the Russian attack. He added that the death toll could exceed 20,000, as weeks of attacks left the bodies of Mariupol’s people “carpeted through the streets”, reported AP.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia could use chemical weapons in the war-torn country and called on the West to impose tougher sanctions to deter Moscow from doing so.
- The United States has tried to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his forces by banning Russian oil and gas and encouraging allies to follow suit.
- More than 19,000 Russian troops were killed in 48 days of war, Kiev said.
- The United Kingdom is trying to verify reports that Russia used chemical weapons in an attack in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to meet on Tuesday with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Western sanctions, as well as per news agencies in Russia and Belarus.
- The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has said that Russian military preparations are nearing completion and that it believes a major attack will take place soon, AFP news agency reported.
- A Zelenskyy office official Myhaylo Podolyak tweeted that Ukrainian troops were “surrounded and blocked” in Mariupol as Russian troops pressed to take over the city.
- Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer left “pessimistically” after meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow. “The offensive is apparently being prepared on a massive scale,” he said.
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said he will not suspend his military operation for peace talks. Speaking in an interview with Russian state television, Lavrov added that he saw no reason why talks should not continue with Ukraine.
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