UN chief warned nuclear annihilation was just a miscalculation. At the opening of a key conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in New York, António Guterres warned that the world faces “a nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War”. . “Humanity is just a misunderstanding, a miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” he said, citing the war in Ukraine as a major factor.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there could be “no winners” in a nuclear war and that it should “never happen”. in a letter sent to NPT conference attendees. In February, Putin pointedly referred to Russia’s nuclear arsenal and warned outside powers that any attempt to interfere “will lead you to such consequences as you have never encountered in your history”. A few days later, he ordered the Russian nuclear forces to be put on high alert.
The United States will send 550 million dollars in a new tranche of weapons to Ukraine, including ammunition for increasingly large rocket launchers and artillery guns. Ukraine has received a batch of four more US-made high-mobility artillery rocket systems (Himars), Ukraine’s Defense Minister announced on Monday.
The United States has accused Russia of using Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant as a “nuclear shield”. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was “deeply concerned” that Moscow was now using the plant as a military base and firing on Ukrainian forces around it and called Russia’s actions around the factory of “summit of irresponsibility”.