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Boris Johnson was briefly left looking for company before the NATO family photo this morning at the summit to discuss the alliance’s response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. 

The Prime Minister, who had earlier called for NATO to act ‘harder’ against Russia as he arrived in Brussels ahead of the meeting, appeared to be left standing alone with his hands in his pocket.   

A clip widely shared on social media seemed to show leaders, including Emmanuel Macron, greeting each other enthusiastically while ignoring Mr Johnson.

Critics were quick to claim the PM had been snubbed by Mr Macron and described the situation as ’embarrassing’. 

However, a fuller version of the video shows the PM being embraced by Mr Macron before his brief moment alone. 

He is then warmly greeted by US president Joe Biden before the photo takes place. The three leaders then share a three-way embrace before the leaders exit the stage. 

During the summit, world leaders heard impassioned pleas from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for more military aid to defend his country and the United States announced new sanctions and humanitarian aid as officials gathered for a trio of summits to discuss next steps in countering Russia’s month-old invasion of its much smaller neighbor.

The summit reflects alarm that the conflict shows no sign of ending soon and could even spread beyond Ukraine’s borders. 

As Europe faces its greatest crisis in generations, Western leaders continue the search for ways to increase pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin while avoiding steps that could lead to a wider war on the continent.

Boris Johnson today urged NATO to act ‘harder’ against Russia to end the war ‘faster’ as he unveiled a wave of new sanctions.

The Wagner Group – known as ‘Putin’s private army’ – are among the targets in the latest set of measures, announced as the PM arrived in Brussels for talks with the military alliance.

There are claims the notorious mercenaries have been tasked with assassinating Volodymyr Zelensky and other senior Ukrainian politicians.

The new sanctions cover individuals including billionaire oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler, founder of Tinkoff bank Oleg Tinkov, Herman Gref, and Polina Kovaleva, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s alleged stepdaughter.

Galina Danilchenko, installed by Russia as the ‘mayor’ of Melitopol has also become the first person sanctioned for ‘collaboration with Russian forces’ in Ukraine.

Six more banks have also been sanctioned, according to the Foreign Office.

As he arrived in Brussels, Mr Johnson said: ‘We’ve got to step up. We’ve got to increase our support.

Boris Johnson was briefly pictured looking around for company ahead of today's Nato photo

Boris Johnson was briefly pictured looking around for company ahead of today's Nato photo

Boris Johnson was briefly pictured looking around for company ahead of today’s Nato photo

Critics were quick to claim the PM had been snubbed by Mr Macron and described the situation as 'embarrassing'. However, a fuller version of the video shows the PM being embraced by Mr Macron before his brief moment alone

Critics were quick to claim the PM had been snubbed by Mr Macron and described the situation as 'embarrassing'. However, a fuller version of the video shows the PM being embraced by Mr Macron before his brief moment alone

Critics were quick to claim the PM had been snubbed by Mr Macron and described the situation as ’embarrassing’. However, a fuller version of the video shows the PM being embraced by Mr Macron before his brief moment alone

Pictured: NATO leaders pose for a family photo. FIRST ROW (from right): Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama, Albania's President Ilir Meta -- SECOND ROW (from right): Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Germany's ambassador to NATO Ruediger Koenig, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Czech Republic's Prime Minister Petr Fiala, Croatia's President Zoran Milanović, Canada's President Justin Trudeau -- THIRD ROW (from right): Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orban, Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Latvia’s President Egils Levits, Lithuania's President Gitanas Nausėda, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović, The Netherlands's Prime Minister Mark Rutte -- FOURTH ROW (from right): Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Slovenia 's Prime Minister Janez Janša, President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová, President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa, President of Poland Andrzej Duda, Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovačevsk

Pictured: NATO leaders pose for a family photo. FIRST ROW (from right): Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama, Albania's President Ilir Meta -- SECOND ROW (from right): Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Germany's ambassador to NATO Ruediger Koenig, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Czech Republic's Prime Minister Petr Fiala, Croatia's President Zoran Milanović, Canada's President Justin Trudeau -- THIRD ROW (from right): Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orban, Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Latvia’s President Egils Levits, Lithuania's President Gitanas Nausėda, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović, The Netherlands's Prime Minister Mark Rutte -- FOURTH ROW (from right): Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Slovenia 's Prime Minister Janez Janša, President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová, President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa, President of Poland Andrzej Duda, Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovačevsk

Pictured: NATO leaders pose for a family photo. FIRST ROW (from right): Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama, Albania’s President Ilir Meta — SECOND ROW (from right): Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Germany’s ambassador to NATO Ruediger Koenig, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Petr Fiala, Croatia’s President Zoran Milanović, Canada’s President Justin Trudeau — THIRD ROW (from right): Hungary’s Prime Minister Victor Orban, Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Latvia’s President Egils Levits, Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović, The Netherlands’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte — FOURTH ROW (from right): Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Slovenia ‘s Prime Minister Janez Janša, President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová, President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa, President of Poland Andrzej Duda, Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Dimitar Kovačevsk

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Johnson said: ‘We’ve got to step up. We’ve got to increase our support. 

‘We’ve got to tighten the economic vice around Putin, sanctioning more people today, as we are, sanctioning the Wagner Group, looking at what we can do to stop Putin using his gold reserves, and also doing more to help the Ukrainians defend themselves.

‘We’re moving, really, from a programme of supporting resistance to supporting the Ukrainian defence of their own country.’

Mr Johnson is calling on countries such as Germany and France to ramp up their response, warning that the military alliance must not be ‘diverted’ by mounting nuclear threats from Moscow.

He suggested that Russia should be prevented from using gold reserves to prop up its economy – and also dismissed a bid to host the 2028 Euro football tournament as ‘beyond satire’. 

Ahead of the NATO meeting – being attended by Joe Biden – the premier announced the UK is giving Ukraine 6,000 more missiles and £25million to support its desperate struggle against the Russian invasion. 

Downing Street said the Prime Minister was ‘among the most active anti-Putin leaders’ as he rallied allies at a Nato summit in Brussels to provide more defensive military support to Ukraine.

Mr Johnson was using Thursday’s meeting on the invasion to commit to a new package of 6,000 more missiles and to announce sanctions against a further 65 individuals and entities.

Joe Biden shook hands with Boris Johnson during the 'family photo' - despite a clip showing him being 'snubbed'

Joe Biden shook hands with Boris Johnson during the 'family photo' - despite a clip showing him being 'snubbed'

Joe Biden shook hands with Boris Johnson during the ‘family photo’ – despite a clip showing him being ‘snubbed’

President Joe Biden (left), Emmanuel Macron (center) and Boris Johnson (right)  speak at the start of the NATO summit Thursday

President Joe Biden (left), Emmanuel Macron (center) and Boris Johnson (right)  speak at the start of the NATO summit Thursday

President Joe Biden (left), Emmanuel Macron (center) and Boris Johnson (right)  speak at the start of the NATO summit Thursday

Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, U.S. President Joe Biden, France's President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stand next to each other during a NATO family photo

Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, U.S. President Joe Biden, France's President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stand next to each other during a NATO family photo

Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, U.S. President Joe Biden, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stand next to each other during a NATO family photo

Among those hit with travel bans and asset freezes were the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organisation accused of plotting to assassinate Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Kremlin has long denied ties to the Wagner group, a 600-strong mercenary group deployed worldwide to carry out Moscow’s dirty work. 

Reports have long claimed the force is Putin’s personal assassination squad, but are far enough removed to afford the Russian president plausible deniability.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and the presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak have been listed as among other alleged assassination targets. 

More than a dozen attempts are said to have been made to kill Mr Zelensky since Russian troops launched a savage invasion of Ukraine on February 24.   

Speaking to broadcasters after landing in Belgium’s capital, Mr Johnson said: ‘Vladimir Putin is plainly determined to double down on his path of violence and aggression.’

Describing Moscow’s treatment of Ukrainians as ‘absolutely brutal’, the Prime Minister added: ‘We’ve got to step up. We’ve got to increase our support.

‘We’ve got to tighten the economic vice around Putin, sanctioning more people today, as we are, sanctioning the Wagner Group, looking at what we can do to stop Putin using his gold reserves, and also doing more to help the Ukrainians defend themselves.’

The Foreign Office said a total of 1,000 fresh sanctions have been handed out since the invasion begun, with the new round including Russian billionaire Eugene Shvidler and Galina Danilchenko, who was installed by Moscow as the mayor of occupied Melitopol in south-east Ukraine. 

Mr Zelensky is said to have survived multiple assassination bids by the Wagner group and Chechen special forces. 

The assassins were allegedly foiled by anti-war elements within Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) – Russia’s successor to the KGB – who alerted Ukraine officials.

Ukraine Secretary of National Security and Defense told local press this month that he had received information from double agents ‘who do not want to take part in this bloody war.’

Ukraine destroys Russian landing ship after state media revealed its location with propaganda footage: Huge fireball rises over port that had been taken by Putin’s forces  

Ukraine has destroyed a huge Russian ship just days after state media filmed it unloading reinforcements at a captured port, as Putin’s army continues to suffer punishing losses at the hands of Kyiv’s men.

The Ukrainian navy said early Thursday that it had scored a direct hit on the Orsk, a 370ft Russian Alligator-class tank carrier, as it was sitting at anchor in the captured port of Berdyansk, in the south of Ukraine.

Multiple photos and videos showed thick black smoke rising from the port as one ship sat at the harbour in flames, while another two sailed away – one of which also appeared to be damaged.

Just three days before the strike, Russian state media had filmed the Orsk at the port unloading armoured vehicles which it said would reinforce troops in nearby Mariupol – prompting speculation that Ukraine could use the video to target the vessel.

H I Sutton, a respected naval analyst, later said it is ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that an Alligator-class ship had exploded at the port. It marks the largest ship that Ukrainian forces have managed to strike so-far and represents another embarrassing loss for Vladimir Putin’s beleaguered army.

It comes after NATO said Russia has lost up to 40,000 men either killed, wounded or captured in just over a month of fighting – or a quarter of the150,000 troops assembled ahead of the invasion. It means the force that remains is at risk of becoming combat ineffective, making it vulnerable to Ukrainian counter-attacks.

The Ukrainian navy has destroyed an Alligator-class Russian landing ship and damaged two others which were unloading reinforcements and supplies at the captured port of Berdyansk, in the south of Ukraine

The Ukrainian navy has destroyed an Alligator-class Russian landing ship and damaged two others which were unloading reinforcements and supplies at the captured port of Berdyansk, in the south of Ukraine

The Ukrainian navy has destroyed an Alligator-class Russian landing ship and damaged two others which were unloading reinforcements and supplies at the captured port of Berdyansk, in the south of Ukraine

One vessel was shown consumed by fire (left) as two other boats fled (centre), at least one of which also appeared to be on fire though was able to escape the port

One vessel was shown consumed by fire (left) as two other boats fled (centre), at least one of which also appeared to be on fire though was able to escape the port

One vessel was shown consumed by fire (left) as two other boats fled (centre), at least one of which also appeared to be on fire though was able to escape the port

Flames and smoke are seen rising from what appears to be a Russian Alligator-class landing ship docked at the port of Berdyansk, in southern Ukraine, after Kyiv's navy claimed to have destroyed a vessel called Orsk

Flames and smoke are seen rising from what appears to be a Russian Alligator-class landing ship docked at the port of Berdyansk, in southern Ukraine, after Kyiv's navy claimed to have destroyed a vessel called Orsk

Flames and smoke are seen rising from what appears to be a Russian Alligator-class landing ship docked at the port of Berdyansk, in southern Ukraine, after Kyiv’s navy claimed to have destroyed a vessel called Orsk

Smoke and flames rise over the port of Berdyansk, located in the south of Ukraine and occupied by Russian forces, as Kyiv's navy claimed to have hit the Orsk - a huge Russian tank-carrier

Smoke and flames rise over the port of Berdyansk, located in the south of Ukraine and occupied by Russian forces, as Kyiv's navy claimed to have hit the Orsk - a huge Russian tank-carrier

Smoke and flames rise over the port of Berdyansk, located in the south of Ukraine and occupied by Russian forces, as Kyiv’s navy claimed to have hit the Orsk – a huge Russian tank-carrier

A fireball rises into the air over the port of Berdyansk, a Ukrainian port on the Sea of Azov which has been captured by Russian forces and was being used to ferry reinforcements to shore before it was struck

A fireball rises into the air over the port of Berdyansk, a Ukrainian port on the Sea of Azov which has been captured by Russian forces and was being used to ferry reinforcements to shore before it was struck

A fireball rises into the air over the port of Berdyansk, a Ukrainian port on the Sea of Azov which has been captured by Russian forces and was being used to ferry reinforcements to shore before it was struck

Counter-attacks appeared to be well underway on Wednesday, with Ukraine claiming to have recaptured territory to the west of Kyiv – leaving Russian forces at Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel at risk of being surrounded.

Should those men get cut-off from the rest of the Russian army – leaving them without food, ammunition and fuel – it could spark mass surrender and deal one of the most-crushing defeats of the war to date.

After days of conflicting reports about the situation near Kyiv, Britain’s Ministry of Defence said late Tuesday: ‘Ukrainian forces are carrying out successful counter attacks against Russian positions in towns on the outskirts of the capital, and have probably retaken Makariv and Moschun [to the west and north-west].

‘There is a realistic possibility that Ukrainian forces are now able to encircle Russian units in Bucha and Irpin.’

A further update on Thursday morning added that ‘Russian forces have almost certainly suffered thousands of casualties’ and that Vladimir Putin is looking to reinforce using private military companies – such as the Wagner Group – and foreign mercenaries, likely from Syria.

But, it added, it is unclear how these forces would be integrated into the regular Russian army and how effective they would prove to be in combat. 

As Putin’s invasion continues to falter, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy called on people worldwide to gather in public Thursday to show support for his embattled country as he prepared to address U.S. President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders gathered in Brussels on the one-month anniversary of the Russian invasion.

‘Come to your squares, your streets. Make yourselves visible and heard,’ Zelenskyy said in English during an emotional video address late Wednesday that was recorded in the dark near the presidential offices in Kyiv. ‘Say that people matter. Freedom matters. Peace matters. Ukraine matters.’

When Russia unleashed its invasion Feb. 24 in Europe’s biggest offensive since World War II, a swift toppling of Ukraine’s government seemed likely. But a month into the fighting, Moscow is bogged down in a grinding military campaign of attrition after meeting fierce Ukrainian resistance.

If the Orsk is confirmed as destroyed it would mark the largest vessel Ukraine has hit and another embarrassing loss for Vladimir Putin's army

If the Orsk is confirmed as destroyed it would mark the largest vessel Ukraine has hit and another embarrassing loss for Vladimir Putin's army

If the Orsk is confirmed as destroyed it would mark the largest vessel Ukraine has hit and another embarrassing loss for Vladimir Putin’s army

Ukraine’s navy reported Thursday that it had sunk the Russian ship Orsk in the Sea of Asov near the port city of Berdyansk. It released photos and video of fire and thick smoke coming from the port area. Russia did not immediately comment on the claim.

Russia has been in possession of the port since Feb. 27, and the Orsk had debarked armored vehicles there on Monday for use in Moscow’s offensive, the Zvezda TV channel of the Russian Defense Ministry said earlier this week. According to the report, the Orsk was the first Russian warship to enter Berdyansk, which is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west along the coast from the besieged city of Mariupol.

To keep up the pressure on Russia, Zelenskyy said he would ask in a video conference with NATO members that the alliance provide ‘effective and unrestricted’ support to Ukraine, including any weapons the country needs.

Biden was expected to discuss new sanctions and how to coordinate such measures, along with more military aid for Ukraine, with NATO members, and then talk with leaders of the G7 industrialized nations and the European Council in a series of meetings on Thursday.

On the eve of a meeting with Biden, European Union nations signed off on another 500 million euros ($550 million) in military aid for Ukraine.

Heading in to the talks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters the alliance had already stepped up military support but needed to invest more to make good on pledged commitments.

‘The meeting today will demonstrate the importance of North America and Europe standing together facing this crisis,’ he said.

In its last update, Russia said March 2 that nearly 500 of its soldiers had been killed and almost 1,600 wounded. NATO estimates, however, that between 7,000 to 15,000 Russian troops have been killed – the latter figure about what Russia lost in a decade of fighting in Afghanistan.

A senior NATO military official said the alliance’s estimate was based on information from Ukrainian authorities, what Russia has released – intentionally or not – and intelligence gathered from open sources. The official spoke on condition of anonymity under ground rules set by NATO.

Ukraine also claims to have killed six Russian generals. Russia acknowledges just one dead general.

Ukraine has released little information about its own military losses, and the West has not given an estimate, but Zelenskyy said nearly two weeks ago that about 1,300 Ukrainian troops had been killed.

With its ground forces slowed or stopped by hit-and-run Ukrainian units armed with Western-supplied weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops are bombarding targets from afar, falling back on the tactics they used in reducing cities to rubble in Syria and Chechnya.

A senior U.S. defense official said Wednesday that Russian ground forces appear to be digging in and setting up defensive positions 15 to 20 kilometers (9 to 12 miles) outside Kyiv, the capital, as they make little to no progress toward the city center.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military assessments, said it appears the forces are no longer trying to advance into the city, and in some areas east of Kyiv, Ukrainian troops have pushed Russian soldiers farther away.

Instead, Russian troops appear to be prioritizing the fight in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions in the Donbas, in what could be an effort to cut off Ukrainian troops and prevent them from moving west to defend other cities, the official said. The U.S. also has seen activity from Russian ships in the Sea of Azov, including what appear to be efforts to send landing ships ashore with supplies, including vehicles, the official said.

Despite evidence to the contrary, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted the military operation is going ‘strictly in accordance’ with plans.

Footage posted online late Wednesday showed what appears to be a Russian tank exploding into a ball of flame after being struck by a Ukrainian guided missile, as Putin's forces continue to suffer punishing losses

Footage posted online late Wednesday showed what appears to be a Russian tank exploding into a ball of flame after being struck by a Ukrainian guided missile, as Putin's forces continue to suffer punishing losses

Footage posted online late Wednesday showed what appears to be a Russian tank exploding into a ball of flame after being struck by a Ukrainian guided missile, as Putin’s forces continue to suffer punishing losses

Ukraine says Russia has lost more than 500 tanks and thousands of vehicles during its invasion, with video uploaded Wednesday showing a tank getting destroyed in a Ukrainian attack

Ukraine says Russia has lost more than 500 tanks and thousands of vehicles during its invasion, with video uploaded Wednesday showing a tank getting destroyed in a Ukrainian attack

Ukraine says Russia has lost more than 500 tanks and thousands of vehicles during its invasion, with video uploaded Wednesday showing a tank getting destroyed in a Ukrainian attack

Freshly-dug graves to bury the victims of Russia's invasion are seen in Dnipro, a city in central Ukraine which has been shelled by Russian forces in recent days

Freshly-dug graves to bury the victims of Russia's invasion are seen in Dnipro, a city in central Ukraine which has been shelled by Russian forces in recent days

Freshly-dug graves to bury the victims of Russia’s invasion are seen in Dnipro, a city in central Ukraine which has been shelled by Russian forces in recent days

A woman wounded by Russian artillery strikes near Kyiv, Ukraine, is loaded into the back of a makeshift ambulance

A woman wounded by Russian artillery strikes near Kyiv, Ukraine, is loaded into the back of a makeshift ambulance

A woman wounded by Russian artillery strikes near Kyiv, Ukraine, is loaded into the back of a makeshift ambulance

A destroyed house is seen on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, after being struck by a Russian artillery shell on Wednesday

A destroyed house is seen on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, after being struck by a Russian artillery shell on Wednesday

A destroyed house is seen on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, after being struck by a Russian artillery shell on Wednesday

A burned-out car sits next to a badly-damaged house after Russian shelling on the outskirts of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine

A burned-out car sits next to a badly-damaged house after Russian shelling on the outskirts of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine

A burned-out car sits next to a badly-damaged house after Russian shelling on the outskirts of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine

In an ominous sign that Moscow might consider using nuclear weapons, senior Russian official Dmitry Rogozin said the country’s nuclear arsenal would help deter the West from intervening in Ukraine.

‘The Russian Federation is capable of physically destroying any aggressor or any aggressor group within minutes at any distance,’ said Rogozin, who heads the state aerospace corporation, Roscosmos, and oversees missile-building facilities. He noted in his televised remarks that Moscow’s nuclear stockpiles include tactical nuclear weapons, designed for use on battlefields, along with far more powerful nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles.

U.S. officials long have warned that Russia’s military doctrine envisages an ‘escalate to deescalate’ option of using battlefield nuclear weapons to force the enemy to back down in a situation when Russian forces face imminent defeat. Moscow has denied having such plans.

Rogozin, known for his bluster, did not make clear what actions by the West would be seen as meddling, but his comments almost certainly reflect thinking inside the Kremlin. Putin has warned the West that an attempt to introduce a no-fly zone over Ukraine would draw it into a conflict with Russia. Western nations have said they would not create a no-fly zone to protect Ukraine.

Zelenskyy noted in his national address that Ukraine has not received the fighter jets or modern air-defense systems it requested. He said Ukraine also needs tanks and anti-ship systems.

‘It has been a month of defending ourselves from attempts to destroy us, wipe us off the face of the earth,’ he said.

In Kyiv, where near-constant shelling and gunfire shook the city Wednesday as the two sides battled for control of multiple suburbs, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said at least 264 civilians have been killed since the war broke out. The independent Russian news outlet The Insider said Russian journalist Oksana Baulina had been killed by shelling in a Kyiv neighborhood on Wednesday.

In the south, the encircled port city of Mariupol has seen the worst devastation of the war, enduring weeks of bombardment and, now, street-by-street fighting. But Ukrainian forces have prevented its fall, thwarting an apparent bid by Moscow to fully secure a land bridge from Russia to Crimea, seized from Ukraine in 2014.

In their last update, over a week ago, Mariupol officials said at least 2,300 people had died, but the true toll is probably much higher. Airstrikes in the past week destroyed a theater and an art school where civilians were sheltering.

Zelenskyy said 100,000 civilians remain in the city, which had a population of 430,000 before the war. Efforts to get desperately needed food and other supplies to those trapped have often failed.

In the besieged northern city of Chernihiv, Russian forces bombed and destroyed a bridge that was used for aid deliveries and civilian evacuations, regional governor Viacheslav Chaus said.

Kateryna Mytkevich, 39, who arrived in Poland after fleeing Chernihiv, wiped away tears as she said the city is without gas, electricity or running water, and entire neighborhoods have been destroyed.

‘I don’t understand why we have such a curse,’ she said.

A woman in the Black Sea port city of Odesa, which is under threat of Russian attack, is trained how to use a Kalashnikov rifle

A woman in the Black Sea port city of Odesa, which is under threat of Russian attack, is trained how to use a Kalashnikov rifle

A woman in the Black Sea port city of Odesa, which is under threat of Russian attack, is trained how to use a Kalashnikov rifle 

Civilians in the city of Odesa, which fears coming under attack by Russia, are trained how to use rifles by Ukrainian troops

Civilians in the city of Odesa, which fears coming under attack by Russia, are trained how to use rifles by Ukrainian troops

Civilians in the city of Odesa, which fears coming under attack by Russia, are trained how to use rifles by Ukrainian troops

Source: Daily Mail

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