National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told NBC that the U.S. has warned Russia of “catastrophic” consequences if it uses nuclear weapons.
Russia has detained a Japanese diplomat for allegedly seeking “restricted” information.
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A leak was detected in the sanctioned Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly planning an address before the Federal Assembly on Friday, potentially to announce the annexation of Ukrainian territory via referenda. Kazakhstan said it would not recognize the eastern Ukrainian referenda.
Ukraine claims that some Russian conscripts are being sent into battle with no training.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his country has received National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) from the U.S. The U.S. announced $457.5 million in civilian security assistance for Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.