Fears of WW3 sparked as ex-Russian president defends Putin’s right to use nuclear weapons

RUSSIA has re-asserted its proper to make use of nuclear weapons within the battle with Ukraine, which began over a month in the past.

Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president who’s deputy chairman of the nation’s safety council, mentioned Moscow might reply to an enemy that makes use of standard weapons.

Russia has the most important stockpile of nuclear weapons on the earth – roughly 6,000 nuclear warheads.

On Saturday, Medvedev mentioned: “We have a particular doc on nuclear deterrence. This doc clearly signifies the grounds on which the Russian Federation is entitled to make use of nuclear weapons. There are a couple of of them, let me remind them to you.

“Number one is the scenario, when Russia is struck by a nuclear missile. The second case is any use of different nuclear weapons in opposition to Russia or its allies.

“The third is an assault on a essential infrastructure that can have paralysed our nuclear deterrent forces.

“And the fourth case is when an act of aggression is committed against Russia and its allies, which jeopardised the existence of the country itself, even without the use of nuclear weapons, that is, with the use of conventional weapons.”

It comes as Vladimir Putin’s defence minster claimed nuclear “readiness” was a precedence.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, mentioned Moscow was a direct menace to the world, saying: “Russia is deliberating bragging they can destroy with nuclear weapons, not only a certain country but the entire planet”.

Since the beginning of the battle, Mr Putin has threatened using nuclear weapons, warning that western intervention would reap “consequences you have never seen”.

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  • Growing fears for animals struggling in zoos

    Fears are starting to develop for hundreds of animals affected by chilly, starvation and stress in Ukraine’s zoos.

    Vitaly Ilchenko, who runs an ecopark close to Ukraine’s second metropolis of Kharkiv, mentioned a part of it had been occupied by Russian forces.

    Three workers members have additionally been killed attempting to get meals to the animals.

    But he mentioned he feared the park’s lions and tigers might starve to loss of life.

    Karina Detiuk, the zoo’s deputy director, advised the BBC: “Our monkeys want fruit and greens, our predators want meat and so forth.

    “We are doing the impossible trying to keep them alive. Our wolves are howling worse than the air-raid sirens and it is heart-breaking.”

  • Vitali Klitschko offers Oleksandr Usyk his blessing to rematch Anthony Joshua

    VITALI KLITSCHKO has backed Oleksandr Usyk’s determination to depart Ukraine and practice for a rematch with Anthony Joshua.

    The unified heavyweight champion, who dethroned AJ in September, had bravely taken up arms to defend his nation amid Russia’s invasion.

    And it threatened to postpone his sequel with Joshua, 32, who was as a substitute considering a confidence-building interim bout.

    But Usyk, 35, has since revealed he’s crossing the border to undergo with a second struggle in opposition to AJ.

    Former boxing champ Klitschko, now the mayor of Kyiv, has thrown help to his countryman and can even provide him some recommendation.

    He advised The Telegraph: “A vital message might be carried by means of an occasion like this. We have no idea if in three months we are going to exist.

    “I actually have plans to speak to Oleksandr Usyk to give him advice if he decides to make the fight, to have some special messages that he can put out there.”

  • Bitcoin value soars after Russia says it might attempt to dodge sanctions

    BITCOIN costs soared after Russia mentioned it might attempt to dodge sanctions by promoting oil and gasoline in cryptocurrency.

    The digital cash has shot up round 5 per cent since Putin’s power chief Pavel Zavalny mentioned it might be utilized by pleasant nations.

    He added they might use numerous currencies, such because the Turkish lira or Chinese yuan, relying on the customer’s desire.

    The transfer is an try by the Kremlin to spice up Russia’s foreign money, which has fallen 20 per cent in worth this 12 months, to keep away from the West’s financial sanctions.

    Mr Zavalny mentioned on Thursday: “We have been proposing to China for a very long time to modify to settlements in nationwide currencies for roubles and yuan.

    “With Turkey, it will be lira and roubles. You can also trade bitcoins.”

    The value of bitcoin has gone from round £32,576 on Thursday to round £34,156 on Sunday morning.

    Analyst David Broadstock, of the Energy Studies Institute in Singapore, mentioned: “Russia could be very shortly feeling the impression of unprecedented sanctions.

    “There is a need to shore up the economy and in many ways, Bitcoin is seen as a high growth asset.”

  • Ukraine able to deploy baguette-sized Switchblade flying bombs 

    UKRAINE is able to deploy baguette-sized Switchblade flying bombs that slot in a backpack to rain loss of life on Russian tanks.

    The weapon, managed from a pill, can scout out targets over enemy traces to hit battlefield command and management headquarters.

    US President Joe Biden agreed to provide Ukraine 100 Switchblades for round £600million.

    The units fly at round 60mph for as much as quarter-hour utilizing a digital camera relaying video of the terrain, earlier than accelerating to 100mph when its distant pilot locks onto a goal.

    Military analysts say it offers Ukraine main benefits by offering surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence.

    They weigh about 2.5kg and are a lot lighter than the 20kg Javelin anti-tank missiles already used, which America additionally equipped.

  • Milica Cosic now logging off for the night. My colleague Louis Allwood will probably be taking up the weblog to convey you the most recent updates till 10pm tonight.

    Before I go away, here’s a abstract of at this time’s information:

    • Two humanitarian corridors have opened at this time, operating from the Luhansk and Donetsk areas and embody individuals leaving Mariupol in automobiles
    • British artists Fatboy Slim and Craig David are amongst stars showing on Polish TV, which is holding international a charity telethon for Ukraine. The present will begin at 1530 GMT
    • Russia struck navy targets within the western Ukrainian metropolis of Lviv with high-precision cruise missiles, the Russian defence ministry mentioned this morning
    • Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi advised Sky News this morning that there is proof battle crimes have been dedicated in Ukraine
    • French President Emmanuel Macron has at this time warned in opposition to verbal “escalation” with Moscow, after Biden referred to as Putin a “butcher”
    • The head of Ukraine’s navy intelligence claims Russia aiming to separate Ukraine in two after failing to take over the entire nation
    • The Mayor of Kyiv has urged Boris Johnson and Joe Biden to ship extra assist to Ukraine, saying ‘we’d like extra assist to win’
    • Ukraine’s new agriculture minister, Mykola Solskyi, says the nation’s skill to export grain is getting worse by the day
  • Polish TV holding international charity telethon for Ukraine

    British artists Fatboy Slim and Craig David are among the many music stars participating in an English-language charity telethon for Ukraine being organised on Sunday by Polish state channel TVP, the community mentioned.

    The “Save Ukraine #StopWar” programme, which may even embody Ukrainian footballing legend Andriy Shevchenko, is being broadcast to greater than 20 nations, TVP World mentioned in an announcement.

    The two-hour present will begin at 1530 GMT.

    “Money will be raised for the victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” the assertion mentioned, including that Polish and Ukrainian anchors would participate.

    The organisers mentioned it was “a project aimed at reaching out to millions of people around the world to help Ukrainians live through the war and win it”.

  • Macron fears ‘escalation’ after Biden calls Putin a ‘butcher’

    French President Emmanuel Macron has at this time warned in opposition to verbal “escalation” with Moscow, after US President Joe Biden referred to as Russian chief Vladimir Putin a “butcher”.

    Macron advised broadcaster France 3 that he noticed his process as “achieving first a ceasefire and then the total withdrawal of (Russian) troops by diplomatic means.”

    “If we want to do that, we can’t escalate either in words or actions.”

    Macron additionally added that he would name Putin on Monday or Tuesday to debate a proposal from France, Greece and Turkey to evacuate Ukrainians from besieged port metropolis Mariupol.

    “There is a lot of cynicism from the Russian side on this question,” Macron mentioned.

    “We’re looking with the Ukrainian authorities in the city of Mariupol at how to organise the evacuation of everyone who wants to flee.”

    He added that “we have to do it quickly, in the very next days” given the depth of fight and bombardments within the metropolis.

  • Zelensky: West wants extra braveness in serving to Ukraine struggle

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused the West of missing braveness to assist his nation struggle off Russia’s invasion.

    Zelenskyy lashed out on the West’s ping-pong about “who and how should hand over jets” and different weapons whereas Russian missile assaults kill and entice civilians.

    “I’ve talked to the defenders of Mariupol today. I’m in constant contact with them. Their determination, heroism and firmness are astonishing,” Zelensky mentioned in a video deal with early Sunday, referring to the besieged southern metropolis.

    “If only those who have been thinking for 31 days on how to hand over dozens of jets and tanks had 1% of their courage.”

    He added: “So, who is in charge of the Euro-Atlantic community? Is it still Moscow, thanks to its scare tactics?”

    “Our partners must step up their aid to Ukraine.”

  • Germany’s president hosts ‘solidarity live performance’

    Today, Germany’s president has hosted a “solidarity concert” with Ukraine that includes musicians from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

    The Berlin Philharmonic performed items by Ukrainian, Russian and Polish composers at President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s Bellevue palace in Berlin. 

    Mr Steinmeier described the occasion as a “signal for freedom and peace”, as he addressed it through video.

    He mentioned: “Let us be vigilant in opposition to sweeping animosities, and allow us to not succumb to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s pseudo-historical nationalist delusion.

    “Let us not allow Putin’s hatred to become a hatred between people… in our own society either.”

  • Russia aiming to separate Ukraine in two

    Russia is attempting to separate Ukraine in two to create a Moscow-controlled area after failing to take over the entire nation, the pinnacle of Ukraine’s navy intelligence has mentioned.

    Reuters information company reviews Kyrylo Budanov saying in an announcement that Russia is trying to “create North and South Korea in Ukraine”. 

  • Turkey says world can not ‘burn bridges’ with Moscow

    Turkey and different nations should nonetheless discuss to Russia to assist finish the battle in Ukraine, Turkey’s presidential spokesman mentioned at this time.

    “If everybody burns bridges with Russia then who is going to talk to them at the end of the day,” Ibrahim Kalin advised the Doha worldwide discussion board.

    “Ukrainians need to be supported by every means possible so they can defend themselves … but the Russian case must be heard, one way or the other,” in order that its grievances might be understood if not justified, Kalin added.

  • People pressured to drink sewage water in Kyiv

    Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko mentioned persons are ravenous and being pressured to drink sewage water in Kyiv because the scenario throughout the nation worsens.

    Speaking to Times Radio, Ms Vasylenko mentioned that Kyiv remains to be going through assaults and struggling meals shortage whereas persons are “made to stay in basements and metro stations”.

    “People are actually starving without food, and drinking sewage water,” she mentioned.

    “In Mariupol, hundreds of persons are getting forcefully deported throughout the border to Russia apparently to security however then they’re despatched off in an unknown route and no one hears from them once more.

    “So the atrocities, they’re just the same all over the place.”

    Ukrainian serviceman secures the site of a bombing at a shopping center as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 21, 2022.
    Ukrainian serviceman secures the location of a bombing at a shopping mall as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 21, 2022.Credit: Reuters
  • ‘US has no technique of regime change in Russia’

    The United States’ Secretary of State, Antony Blinken has mentioned the nation has no technique of regime change for Russia, .

    “I think the president, the White House, made the point last night that, quite simply, President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else,” Blinken mentioned at this time, whereas on a go to to Israel.

    “As you recognize, and as you’ve heard us say repeatedly, we should not have a method of regime change in Russia, or wherever else, for that matter.

    “In this case, as in any case, it’s up to the people of the country in question, it’s up to the Russian people,” Blinken added.

  • Mayor of Kyiv says ‘We want extra assist to win’

    VITALI Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, has begged Boris Johnson and Joe Biden to ship extra assist to Ukraine while vowing his nation will “never give up”.

    In a extremely emotional interview at this time on GB News Vitali, 50, mentioned: “I need to say thanks very a lot to the US and to Great Britain for all their humanitarian assist and all for his or her monetary help.

    “But it’s not enough. We need more weapons and we need more help. We have to stop the Russians. The Ukrainian Army is so strong and our soldiers are destroying Russian plans, but we need more help to win.”

    Explaining why he believed Ukrainian forces had been placing up such a powerful struggle, Vitali continued: “It’s like this, Russia’s Army and Russia’s troopers are preventing for cash. We are defending our kids, our households, our homeland, our future. That’s why we’re robust.

    “The world wants to recollect that is our homeland. We are defending our associates. Our relations. Our households. That’s why we’re right here. We must defend our hometown and we have now to defend our future. This battle would not have guidelines. We see large drama every single day. We see hundreds of thousands go away Ukraine. We had been all the time a peaceable nation. We by no means had been aggressive to anybody. But proper now we have now to defend ourselves.”

    “The Russians need to convey us again to the USSR. They need to occupy our homeland. We see our future as democratic and a part of the European household.

    *We by no means go to the knee. We by no means hand over. We defend our households”

  • US ‘has no technique of regime change for Russia’

    The United States has no technique of regime change for Russia, secretary of state Antony Blinken advised reporters at this time.

    “I think the president, the White House, made the point last night that, quite simply, President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else,” Blinken mentioned throughout a go to to Jerusalem.

    “As you know, and as you have heard us say repeatedly, we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia – or anywhere else, for that matter.”

  • Beckett: Biden has robust emotions and is inclined to voice them

    Former overseas secretary Dame Margaret Beckett spoke to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge earlier. 

    When requested what she considered US President Joe Biden’s robust speech about Vladimir Putin not being allowed to stay in energy, she mentioned: “I’ve moderately preferred what we have seen in Joe Biden.

    “I do know that he will get plenty of criticism, however he strikes me as being someone who has robust emotions and is inclined to then simply voice them.

    “And, you know, maybe we don’t get quite enough of that sincerity and reaction sometimes from people in our political world.”

    She added: “I’m sure that his staff and the people around him are right to say America’s not calling for regime change, but equally, I think many people will sympathise with the sentiments that led him to say what he did.”

  • Grain exports in Ukraine getting worse by the day

    Ukraine’s new agriculture minister Mykola Solskyi says the nation’s skill to export grain is getting worse by the day, add it could solely enhance if the battle with Russia ends.

    Speaking in a televised briefing, Solskyi says Ukraine’s export quantity has fallen to just some hundred thousand tonnes, the place they might usually be exporting 4-5 million tonnes of grain per thirty days.

    “The impact (on global markets) is direct, dramatic and large. And it continues. Every day the situation will become more and more difficult,” he says.

    Ukraine is without doubt one of the largest grain exporters on the earth.

  • Pictured: Civilians use the humanitarian corridors

    Today, civilians are being evacuated alongside humanitarian corridors from the Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol.

    It is being executed so beneath the management of Russian navy and pro-Russian separatists.

    The corridors will run from the Luhansk and Donetsk areas and embody individuals leaving Mariupol in automobiles.

    Credit: Getty
    Credit: Getty
    Credit: Getty
  • Zahawi says there’s proof battle crimes have been dedicated in Ukraine

    Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, was requested on Sky News this morning if the UK Government agreed with Joe Biden that Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power”, and mentioned: “I think that’s up to the Russian people.”

    “The Russian people, I think, are pretty fed up with what is happening in Ukraine, this illegal invasion, the destruction of their own livelihoods, their economy is collapsing around them and I think the Russian people will decide the fate of Putin and his cronies.”

    Mr Zahawi added there may be “evidence that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine”.

    Pressed additional concerning the US president’s feedback on regime change in Russia, Mr Zahawi advised Sophy Ridge On Sunday on Sky News: “It’s an illegal invasion of Ukraine and that must end, and I think that’s what the president was talking about.”

    Asked if Mr Biden was unsuitable to say what he did, Mr Zahawi replied: “No, what I’m saying to you is the White House has been very clear on this, the president gave a very powerful speech on this and I think both the United States and the United Kingdom agree that it’s up to the Russian people to decide who should be governing them.”

  • Ukraine’s MoD says Russian troops exchanging gas for alcohol

    Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence has claimed at this time that corruption was impacting Russian troops stationed in Belarus.

    According to Ukraine’s MoD, troopers had bought gas and provisions, or exchanged navy gear for alcohol.

    The Ukrainian navy additionally claimed that Russia had misplaced 582 tanks, 1,664 armoured autos, 294 artillery items, 93 a number of launch rocket methods (MLRS), 52 anti-aircraft methods, 1,144 different floor autos and 73 gas tankers.

  • Zelensky: Russia sowing a deep hatred amongst Ukrainians

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy angrily warned Moscow that it’s sowing a deep hatred for Russia amongst his individuals.

    Constant artillery barrages and aerial bombings are decreasing cities to rubble, killing civilians and driving others into shelters, leaving them to scrounge for meals and water to outlive.

    “You are doing everything so that our people themselves leave the Russian language, because the Russian language will now be associated only with you, with your explosions and murders, your crimes,” Zelenskyy mentioned in an impassioned video deal with late Saturday.

  • Joe Biden ‘made a tough scenario tougher’

    US President Joe Biden’s remark that Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” has prompted robust criticism from president of the US Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass.

    The feedback “made a difficult situation more difficult and a dangerous situation more dangerous”, Mr Haass wrote on Twitter.

    “That is obvious,” he added.

    “Less obvious is how to undo the damage, but I suggest his chief aides reach their counterparts & make clear the US is prepared to deal with this Russian government.”

    Mr Haass additionally mentioned: “The White House walk back of @POTUS regime change name is unlikely to scrub.

    “Putin will see it as confirmation of what he’s believed all along. Bad lapse in discipline that runs risk of extending the scope and duration of the war.”

  • Zahawi: What is going on in Ukraine is an unlawful invasion

    Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi spoke to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge earlier this morning.

    Asked if he agrees with Joe Biden’s feedback yesterday that Vladimir Putin can not stay in energy, he mentioned he thinks that’s “up to the Russian people” and that Mr Biden’s speech was “very powerful”. 

    “The Russian individuals, I believe, are fairly fed up with what is going on in Ukraine, an unlawful invasion.

    “The destruction of their very own livelihoods, their financial system, is collapsing round them. And I believe the Russian individuals will determine the destiny of Putin and his cronies. 

    Zahawi additionally added that it’s “important thing to remember” is that there’s “evidence that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine, targeting of civilians areas.”

  • Russia hits Ukraine’s Lviv with cruise missiles, defence ministry says

    Russia struck navy targets within the western Ukrainian metropolis of Lviv with high-precision cruise missiles, the Russian defence ministry mentioned at this time.

    Russia hit a gas depot being utilized by Ukrainian forces close to Lviv with long-range missiles and used cruise missiles to strike a plant within the metropolis getting used to restore anti-aircraft methods, radar stations and sights for tanks, the ministry mentioned.

    “The armed forces of the Russian Federation continue offensive actions as part of the special military operation,” the ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov mentioned in an announcement.

    The ministry confirmed video of the missile strikes in Lviv.

    Officials in Lviv, simply 60 km (40 miles) from the border with NATO-member Poland, mentioned individuals had been wounded within the missile assaults.

  • First time Biden requires change of energy

    On Saturday, Biden mentioned unequivocally that Russian President Vladimir Putin ought to step down because the nation’s chief.

    “For God’s sake, this man cannot stay in power,” Biden mentioned on the finish of his speech.

    It was the farthest Biden has gone in pushing for Russian regime change, and it indicators a dramatic shift in American coverage towards Moscow.

    Previously, US officers said that deposing Putin was not their goal.

    “For us, it’s not about regime change. The Russian people have to decide who they want to lead them,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned, in keeping with CNN.

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