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It’s been nearly four weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, with statements that Russia severely underestimated Ukraine’s ground forces and hasn’t yet captured any major Ukrainian city. Now, according to the Ukraine military, Russian forces only have three more days worth of food, fuel and ammunition for the war.
For weeks, Russia has been saying that Ukraine might have chemical and biological weapons. Earlier this week, Biden said that was not true but is a sign that Putin may be considering using both of these himself. But Russia has come out to say that it would only consider using these if its existence was threatened.
Meanwhile, Ukraine President Zelenskiy has urged direct talks again with Putin in order to fully understand how to end the war.
“Now he’s talking about new false flags he’s setting up, including asserting that we in America have biological as well as chemical weapons in Europe. Simply not true," Biden said at a business event on Monday when talking about Putin possibly using chemical weapons. “They are also suggesting that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine. That’s a clear sign he’s considering using both of those. He’s already used chemical weapons in the past. And we should be careful about what’s to come."
“We have a concept of domestic security, and it’s public. You can read all the reasons for nuclear arms to be used. So if it is an existential threat for our country, then it (the nuclear arsenal) can be used in accordance with our concept," said Putin’s chief spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “There are no other reasons that were mentioned in that text," Peskov said, referencing Russia’s security concept.
“I have repeated and offered this for a few years. I think that without this meeting [with Putin] you cannot fully understand what they are prepared to do in order to stop the war and what they are prepared to do if we are not ready for this or that compromise,” said Zelenskiy.