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LIVE : Kremlin refusal to rule out nuclear option 'dangerous' - US


Mar 23, 2022 08:52 am

08:52 am

Putin's top spokesman refused to rule out the use of nuclear weapons in an interview with CNN on Tuesday, saying they would only be used in the event of an "existential threat" to Russia

Dmitry Peskov told CNN International that such arms could be used if Russia faced an “existential threat”. Russia has the world's largest stockpile of nuclear warheads.

Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby said Moscow's nuclear remarks were “dangerous”.

"It's not the way a responsible nuclear power should act," he told reporters.

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Thousands of Starlink dishes reportedly sent to Ukraine

Elon Musk's space company has reportedly sent "thousands" of Starlink dishes - which support the supply of internet - to Ukraine.

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White House 'to unveil plan to take in vulnerable refugees'

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Russian Nobel winner donates to Ukraine refugees

The editor-in-chief of Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper - an outlet critical of the Kremlin - has pledged to donate his Nobel Peace Prize medal to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees.

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Zelensky: About 100,000 people remain in Mariupol

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Russian oppression to increase - UK

Ukrainian cities under Russian occupation continue to see civilian-led protests, according to the latest intelligence assessment from the UK Ministry of Defence.

"Russian efforts to subdue the population by manipulating the media, spreading propaganda and installing puppet, pro-Kremlin, leaders have so far failed," the report says.

It adds that Russia "will probably respond to these failure by increasingly violent and coercive measures" to suppress the Ukrainian people.

03:45 am

Nuclear comments by Kremlin spokesman 'not a new thing'

Comments made by Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a CNN interview on Tuesday - in which he did not rule out the potential use of Russian nuclear weapons - should not be interpreted as a change in the country's nuclear policy, experts say.

As we reported earlier, Peskov said that nuclear weapons would only be used within the "concept of domestic security," and if Russia was facing an "existential threat". He pointed to the country's publicly available policy, outlining when nuclear weapons can be used.

03:32 am

German chancellor calls for energy embargo

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said Europe's sanctions on Russia could be "not a short-term measure but a longer conflict".

He emphasised the need for Germany to stop its dependency on Russian coal, gas and oil imports "as quickly as possible" and "in the greatest intensity" during a press conference in Berlin.

"Europe, together with its friends, has launched the harshest sanctions ever seen against such a big country. And they show that they have an impact," he said.

03:15 am

Zelensky to speak at Nato summit

Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky will deliver a virtual address to the Nato summit of world leaders being held in Brussels on Thursday, according to the AFP news agency.

"President Zelensky is invited to address the Nato summit via video link," an unnamed Nato official told AFP.

03:00 am

Putin and Macron 'continued ongoing talks' - Elysée

The French government has confirmed that President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Elysée Palace said that the call continued Macron's previous conversations with Putin regarding a ceasefire and ongoing safety concerns.

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