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In Ukraine: Russian attacks hit Kyiv, Odessa and elsewhere in Ukraine as Moscow appears to be changing its battle plan to force Ukraine to relinquish claims to its southern and eastern territory.
- The number fleeing the war has reached over 3.5 million, the UN refugee agency said, adding that about 12 million people are stuck in the affected areas.
- Near Kiev, where fighting has fallen to a stalemate, Russian forces appeared to demolish Ukrainian positions with artillery attacks and long-range missiles. On Monday, the rumble of artillery barricades was almost constant.
- In an online post, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said 8,057 people had been rescued Monday through eight humanitarian corridors in several cities, including Kiev and Mariupol. “We also managed to deliver 200 tonnes of humanitarian aid,” he added.
In Washington: President Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “back is against the wall” and warned that he might apply stricter tactics in Ukraine.
“He has already used chemical weapons in the past and we should be careful about what is to come,” said Mr. Bid under remarks before Business Roundtable’s CEO Quarterly Meeting.
President Biden will travel to Brussels for a series of meetings with US allies on the Ukraine war and the reaction of the West.
In Russia: The country’s largest airport, Sheremetyevo International, fired some of its staff due to a drop in demand. Moscow on Monday summoned US Ambassador John Sullivan to hand him a protest note over President Biden’s comment that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, is a “war criminal”.
In Europe: Support for an EU-wide ban on the purchase of Russian oil is growing inside the bloc, representing a marked shift in the continent’s position.