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‘It Is Real’: Russia’s Lavrov warns of World War III as Ukraine conflict enters day 61

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kyiv: A day after visiting US officials suggested Ukrainian military could resist Moscow’s invasion, Russia warned that the Ukraine crisis may escalate into a third world war and accused Kyiv of playing games in peace negotiations.

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The battle has sparked an outpouring of solidarity from Western countries, with weaponry pouring into Ukraine to aid in the fight against Russian forces.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed Kyiv’s attitude to the stalled peace negotiations in an interview with Russian news media, saying the prospect of World War III is “real.”

“It is real, you can’t underestimate it.”

While stating that discussions with Kyiv will carry on, Lavrov accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of “pretending” to negotiate, adding, “You’ll find a thousand contradictions.”

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For months, Zelensky has been requesting heavy weaponry from Ukraine’s western allies, including artillery and fighter jets, claiming that with additional firepower, his soldiers might shift the course of the conflict.

Despite Moscow’s protestations, the appeals appear to be resonating today, with a slew of NATO members committing to contribute a variety of heavy weaponry and equipment.

After meeting Zelensky in Kyiv, Pentagon head Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed a gathering of media, “The first step in winning is believing that you can win.”

“We believe that we can win — they can win — if they have the right equipment, the right support.”

The extremely delicate US travel by two of President Joe Biden’s senior cabinet officials took place while conflict raged across Ukraine, casting a pall over the predominantly Orthodox country’s Easter celebrations.

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Ukrainian President Zelensky hails resistance

“Thanks to the courage, the wisdom of our defenders, thanks to the courage of all Ukrainians — our state is a true symbol of the struggle for freedom,” Zelensky said in his evening address vowing victory.

Following a weekend of warfare, a Russian rocket strike on railway infrastructure in the Vinnytsia area of central Ukraine killed at least five persons and injured another 18. The governor of a Russian province bordering Ukraine accused Kyiv of bombing one of his towns, wounding two citizens and destroying many homes, on Monday.

“A village was targeted… It is already clear that there are injured civilians,” Belgorod region governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram.

Russia has accused Ukrainian forces of attacking targets on Russian soil in recent weeks, including two villages in Belgorod and another in the Bryansk area.

Russian soldiers shot down two Ukrainian drones in the early hours of the morning, according to the governor of the Kursk area bordering Ukraine. On Monday, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that the UK will send armoured vehicles to Ukraine capable of firing missiles against Russian aeroplanes.

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“These Stormer vehicles will give Ukraine forces enhanced short-range anti-air capabilities both day and night,” he said.

The United States has been a major provider of financial and military aid to Ukraine, as well as a strong supporter of sanctions against Russia. However, it has never dispatched key officials to Kyiv before. Several European politicians have already visited the country to express their solidarity.

“Many countries are going to come forward and provide additional munitions and howitzers. So we’re going to push as hard as we can, as quickly as we can, to get them what they need,” Austin said.

Blinken and Austin also said US diplomats would begin a gradual return to Ukraine this week and announced $700 million (653 million euros) in additional military aid.

Supply lines hit hard

Forty German diplomats will meanwhile be heading home from Russia after Moscow announced their expulsion,

after Berlin’s decision earlier this month to expel 40 Russian diplomats.

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The head prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will join an EU investigative team in The Hague to look into “alleged core international crimes committed in Ukraine,” according to sources.

In their latest assaults, Russia’s air force hit 82 Ukrainian military targets, including four command centres and two fuel depots, while the army launched high-precision missiles at 27 targets, according to the Russian defence ministry.

Russia is continuing to attack infrastructure and supply routes carrying military supplies from Ukraine’s allies, according to the Ukrainian defence ministry.

Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv remains partially surrounded and Moscow’s forces are regrouping in the south, but a Russian attempt to break through towards Zaporizhzhia in the east failed, the ministry added.

Russia on Monday accused Kyiv of preventing civilians trapped with Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks from leaving the besieged industrial centre despite a ceasefire announcement.

The defence ministry had said it would allow a civilian evacuation from Mariupol’s sprawling steel plant, which has been sheltering the remaining Ukrainian resistance in the southeastern port city.

But the Russian army on Monday evening said no one used the proposed humanitarian corridor.

A video posted by the far-right Azov Regiment, whose fighters are based in Azovstal, showed war-weary women and children sheltering in the plant’s underground bunkers, pleading for relief.

“There are 600 people here. No water, no food. What are we going to do here? How long will we stay here?” asked one woman.

“We haven’t been out for two months now. I don’t even know what the weather is like there. It feels like it’s still February 28,” said another woman.

Mariupol, which the Kremlin claims to have “liberated,” is critical to Russia’s military plans to build a land bridge from Russia’s seized Crimea to Moldova.

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