President Joe Biden has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin could resort to the use of chemical weapons in Ukraine now that his “back is against the wall.”
The Russian leader has tightened his grip at home while stoking fears he may turn to more aggressive tactics abroad, with leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny sentenced to a further nine years in a maximum-security penal colony on Tuesday.
Biden is heading to Europe this week as the West rallies behind Kyiv and against Moscow nearly a month into a war that has now forced more than 3.5 million people to flee Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy issued a fresh call for direct talks with his Russian counterpart and said that cities across the country had been bombed beyond recognition.
But even as the humanitarian crisis worsened, Ukraine resisted Russian demands to surrender Mariupol, the strategically important port city where civilians have been trapped and bombarded for weeks.
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