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  • Russian forces increased their attacks in Donetsk as the Kremlin seeks to seize additional territory in the Donbas area, USA Today reported. Shelling has killed at least eight people in Ukraine in the past 24 hours, authorities reported Wednesday. According to pro-Russian rebels, attacks by Ukrainian forces killed four civilians.
  • Russia slammed French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to broadcast private phone conversations in a documentary about his unsuccessful efforts to persuade his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to refrain from invading Ukraine, Bloomberg wrote. A France 2 television team captured the entire conversation between Macron and Putin on Feb. 20, four days before the war began. During the conversation, Putin offers to meet with US President Joe Biden in Switzerland “in principle.” As Macron becomes irritated, Putin becomes dismissive, saying he is at the gym and just wants to play ice hockey.
  • Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev threatened nuclear war on Wednesday if the International Criminal Court (ICC) moved to punish Moscow for alleged crimes in Ukraine, according to Agence France-Presse. He accused the US of attempting to bring Moscow before international courts while never facing consequences for its own conflicts, which he said killed 20 million people globally.

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