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Latest developments in Ukraine: August 17

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Latest developments in Russia's war in Ukraine. Always EDT.

Russia said on Tuesday that there was "no need" to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, according to Reuters, following media reports that Russia could deploy nuclear or chemical weapons in the conflict. Lies stating that the speculation is "absolute".

"From a military point of view, there is no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine to achieve the goals set. The main purpose of Russia's nuclear weapons is to deter nuclear attacks." ” said Sergei Shoigu. Speech at the International Security Conference in Moscow.

Shoigu also claimed that Ukrainian military operations were being planned by the United States and Britain, and that NATO had increased its troop deployment "several times" in Eastern and Central Europe.

Some information in this report has been provided by Reuters.