US welcomes anyone who is seeking asylum from Russia - White House

The United States welcomes Russians seeking asylum from President Vladimir Putin's "unpopular" war, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

"We believe that regardless of their nationality, they may apply for asylum in the United States and have their claim educated on a case by case basis," she said.

Earlier in the day, an ally of President Putin issued a stark new nuclear warning to Ukraine and the West as Russia began releasing results of referendums it bills as a prelude to it annexing four Ukrainian regions. 

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