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Ukraine on brink of surviving the war-Zelenskyy : Navalny jailed for nine more years- Update

courtesy: Sky news

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy this morning told the Italian parliament his country was on the brink of surviving the war. But, in a video address, he warns Russian forces that want to break into Europe and calls again for more sanctions from Western countries

He has spoken to Pope Francis and suggests the Vatican has a mediating role to play.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was prepared to compromise on Ukraine's bid to seek NATO membership in exchange for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Russian troops and security guarantees.

US President Biden warns Russia's Vladimir Putin's "back is against the wall" and fears he may use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.

A Russian court has sentenced Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to nine years in prison after convicting him of fraud and contempt of court. Navalny was detained when he returned to Russia last year, after surviving a poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin.

He is already serving three and a half years in jail for breaking bail conditions while in hospital.

A judge has now found him guilty of fraud and contempt of court.

At least ten hospitals have been destroyed and fierce fighting is continuing around Kharkiv and Mariupol, Ukraine says.

Russian naval forces have started shelling the outskirts of Odesa, as part of efforts to cut Ukrainians off from the Black Sea.

Today is the 27th day of the war between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry claimed thousands of Ukrainian children had been "illegally" removed from the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Multiple wildfires have emerged near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, according to the Ukrainian parliament.

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