Nato will ‘respond’ if Russia uses chemical weapons in Ukraine

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BRUSSELS/ KYIV: US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that Nato would “ respond” if Russian President Vladimir Putin used a chemical armament in his war on Ukraine.

“ We’ll respond if he uses it. The nature of the response would depend on the nature of the use,” Biden said after a Nato peak in Brussels.
The United States and abettors upped the pressure on Russia over its irruption of Ukraine at summits in Brussels Thursday, advising Moscow its costs will keep rising the longer the war continues.

Washington unveiled fresh warrants on Russian lawgivers and defence contractors, and outlined a drive by the G7 to indurate Russia out of transnational organisations and to cut it off from its gold reserves.

US President Joe Biden was the central figure of the summits, which gathered, in race, the 30 Nato member countries, the G7 powers and also the EU’s 27- nation bloc.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky also shared by videolink. He contended with NATO leaders to shoot his forces munitions “ without restrictions”.

“ The alliance can still help the deaths of Ukrainians from Russian strikes, from Russian occupation, by giving us all the munitions we need,” he said.

Kyiv, Moscow exchange captures

Russia and Ukraine have changed captures, Kyiv and Moscow verified on Thursday, in what Ukraine said was the first exchange of dogfaces since Moscow ordered colors into Ukraine one month agone.

“ Following an order from President Volodymyr Zelensky, the first completely-fledged exchange of captures of war has taken place,” Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Facebook.

“ In exchange for 10 captured occupiers we saved 10 of our soldiers,” she said, pertaining to Russian and Ukrainian colors.

Vereshchuk also said that 11 Russian mercenary navigators saved near the Black Sea harborage megacity of Odessa were changed for 19 Ukrainian mercenary boat crew members held by Moscow.

“ I confirm the information regarding the exchange of 10 Russian soldiers detained on Ukrainian home for 10 Ukrainian soldiers. And there was also an exchange of Russian mercenary mariners for Ukrainian mercenary mariners”, said Russian mortal rights ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova.

Russia’s foreign ministry said before this week that Moscow had completed two internee barters since it launched its irruption of Ukraine late last month.

Moskalkova said nine Russian captures were changed for the mayor of Melitopol, a megacity in southeastern Ukraine captured by the Russian army. Vereshchuk on Wednesday verified the Melitopol exchange but denied any others had taken place.

UNGA demands end of war

The UN General Assembly on Thursday espoused by an inviting maturity a newnon-binding resolution that demands an “ immediate” halt to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

At UN headquarters in New York, 140 countries suggested in favour, 38 abstained and five suggested against the measure, with applause ringing out latterly.

The vote came after the relinquishment of a analogousnon-binding resolution on March 2 that demanded Russia incontinently cease its use of force — a vote that was approved by 141 countries.

On Wednesday Ukraine put forward the new resolution, firstly prepared by France and Mexico, at an exigency session of the General Assembly.

A contending textbook by South Africa, which noway mentioned Russia by name, entered only 50 votes for, 67 against and 36 abstentions, and was thus not espoused.

The approved resolution specifically implicates Moscow and “ demands an immediate conclusion of the conflict by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, in particular of any attacks against civilians and mercenary objects.”

The same five countries suggested against the resolution on Thursday and March 2 — Russia, Syria, North Korea, Belarus and Eritrea.

The US minister to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, ate the “ strong maturity” of member countries that approved the resolution.

The countries made clear that “ Russia bears sole responsibility for the grave philanthropic extremity and violence in Ukraine,” she said.

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