NATO will ‘respond’ if Russia uses chemical weapons in Ukraine, says Biden

Live updates from the Russia-Ukraine war:

As Moscow’s assault on its neighbor entered its second month, in a show of unity Western leaders gathered for a day of emergency NATO, G7 and EU summits agreed to strengthen their forces in Eastern Europe, increase military aid to Ukraine and tighten sanctions against Russia.

Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations also warned Russia on Thursday not to use biological, chemical or nuclear weapons in its war against Ukraine, they said in a statement released after talks in Brussels on Thursday.

“We warn against any threat of the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons or related material,” the leaders said in a joint statement released by Germany. All countries were ready to receive refugees from Ukraine, they said.

The 193-member UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly called for access to aid and protection for civilians in Ukraine and criticized Russia for creating a “catastrophic” humanitarian situation after that Moscow invaded its neighbor a month ago.

The resolution, drafted by Ukraine and its allies, garnered 140 votes in favor and 5 votes against – Russia, Syria, North Korea, Eritrea and Belarus – while 38 countries, including India, abstained.

Ukraine said it destroyed a Russian landing support ship, the Orsk, in the Russian-occupied port of Berdyansk. Video footage, which Reuters was able to confirm was filmed from inside Berdyansk, showed a column of smoke rising from a fire at a wharf, Reuters reported.

First post: STI