NATO fears chemical weapons, sends 40,000 troops to Ukrainian border

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has confirmed that 40,000 troops are on the Ukrainian border. This is the first time that the US-led military entity has disclosed the number of personnel in Eastern Europe.

This Tuesday (15/3), in an interview broadcast live from Brussels, the secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, made important warnings about the resurgence of the war, which completes 20 days.

The biggest concern is the use of chemical and nuclear weapons by the Russian army. In addition to NATO, the United States and the United Kingdom accuse Russia of planning this type of attack.

Stoltenberg reaffirmed the commitment to defend the allied countries and the friendly nations of the group. “Our primary responsibility is to defend our NATO allies. Russia knows this. The allies are watching,” he stressed.

The representative of the entity added: “We are also concerned that they are actually planning this [uso de armas químicas e nucleares]. Any use of chemical weapons will be a violation of international law.”

Under heavy bombardment, representatives of Presidents Vladimir Putin, of Russia, and Volodymyr Zelensky, of Ukraine, are once again debating conditions for peace between the countries, even if momentarily.

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The negotiation of a ceasefire will resume after the meeting on Monday (14/3) ends with a “technical pause”. This formality means a lack of political-diplomatic agreement.

Polish Prime Ministers Mateusz Morawiecki; from the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala; and Slovenia, Janez Janša, traveled to Kiev on Tuesday.

The visit is a sign of support for Ukraine on the part of the European Union. They are the first leaders to visit the Ukrainian capital since Russia invaded the country on February 24.

At extreme risk, Kiev Mayor Wladimir Klitschko has decreed a 35-hour curfew in the city, where the country’s power is concentrated. The measure will be valid from the night of this Tuesday until Thursday (17/3).

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Russian advance

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Putin’s troops had taken control of Kherson, home to 250,000 people.

This was the first major urban center that fell into Russian hands after the invasion of Ukraine. Russia planned to dominate key cities to gain access to the Black Sea, an important trade route.

In the second consecutive day of attacks on residential buildings in Kiev, two more people died after Russian bombing on Tuesday. According to Ukraine’s emergency service, 46 people had to be rescued.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the refugee agency of the United Nations (UN), estimates that 3 million people fled Ukraine, 1.4 million of them children.

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