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Russian FM Sergei Lavrov says a third World War would involve nuclear weapons: An update on crisis

An armed man stands by the remains of a Russian military vehicle in Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, Ukraine(AP)

Russian attack of Ukraine continues for 17th days on Wednesday. Many major cities, including Kharkiv, are being attacked continuously.

President Zelensky claimed that 6000 Russian soldiers have been killed and that the Kremlin would not be able to take his country with bombs and airstrikes whereas Russia is claiming to seize the southern port of Kherson, but its mayor says it's still held by Ukrainian forces.

A 40 mile-long convoy of Russian armoured vehicles is about 15 miles north of the capital Kyiv. The United Nations says more than 800,000 people have now fled Ukraine.

The news of the death of another Indian is coming in Ukraine. According to the report, Chandan Jindal was studying at Vinnytsia university. It is being told that he lost his life due to a brain stroke. The Indian embassy in Ukraine asks stranded students in Kharkiv to leave ‘immediately’ and move to other locations by 6 pm local time.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive. According to a Reuters report, Lavrov said Russia would face a “real danger” if Kyiv acquired nuclear weapons, adding it would not allow the latter to obtain the same.

The second round of talks between Ukraine and Russia will take place later today, Russian state news agency Tass has reported, citing an aide to the Ukrainian presidential office.

Meanwhile, the US says it will ban Russian airlines from its airspace - following the lead of the European Union and Canada.

US President Joe Biden has told Congress that Vladimir Putin badly misjudged how the West would hit back once he invaded Ukraine.

Major companies such as Apple, Google, Ford and Exxon Mobil have taken steps against Russia over the invasion.

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