Published on: 04/12/2022 – 06:34Modified on: 04/12/2022 – 10:25 Russian forces on Tuesday maintained their pressure on the strategic port city of Mariupol, which Ukrainian soldiers are desperately trying to defend, and in the Eastern Ukraine where kyiv expects a major offensive shortly. Follow our live. 10:21 a.m .: All possible options if Russia uses chemical weapons All options would be possible if the Russian military uses chemical weapons in Ukraine, the British Under Secretary of State for Forces said on Tuesday British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Monday that London was working with partners to verify reports that Russian forces used chemical agents in an attack in Mariupol. 9:08 a.m .: Nokia withdraws from Russia Nokia will leave Russia, the Finnish telecoms equipment manufacturer announced, the day after its competitor Ericsson’s decision to suspend its activities in the country indefinitely. The mobile telecoms network provider, which had already suspended deliveries to the country in early March, “can now announce that it will leave the Russian market,” he said in a statement. 8:15 a.m.: kyiv is preparing for the fall of Mariupol 02:21 a.m. 6:30 a.m.: the battle of Donbass is looming While Moscow has made the total conquest of Donbass its priority objective, kyiv has announced that it expects, in the short term , to a major offensive in this region, bordering Russia, and part of which has been controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists. “According to our information, the enemy has almost completed its preparation for an assault on the east. attack will take place very soon,” Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motouzianik warned. In Washington, a senior Pentagon official confirmed that Russian forces are strengthening around Donbass, especially near the strategic city of Izium.Analysts believe that Vladimir Putin, mired in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance, wants to secure a victory in this region before the military parade on May 9, marking in Red Square the Soviet victory over the Nazis s. 2.04am: UK verifies claims of chemical attack in Mariupol “Reports indicate that Russian forces may have used chemical agents in an attack on the people of Mariupol. We are working with our partners urgently to verify the information,” British Foreign Minister Liz Truss said on her Twitter account. Any use of such weapons “would constitute a brutal escalation in this conflict and we will hold the [président russe Vladimir] Putin and his regime,” she added. With AFP and Reuters
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