UN chief warns nuclear destruction is only a miscalculation away, At the inauguration of a major Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference in New York, Antonio Guterres warned that the world faced a “nuclear threat not seen since the height of the Cold War”. He described the war in Ukraine as a significant factor, saying, “Humanity is just a misunderstanding, a miscalculation from nuclear annihilation.”
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there can be “no winners” in a nuclear war and it should “never be open”. In a letter sent to the participants of the NPT conference. In February, Putin explicitly mentioned Russia’s nuclear arsenal and warned outside powers that any attempt to intervene “will lead to consequences you have never seen in your history”. A few days later, he ordered Russia’s nuclear forces to be put on high alert.
US to send $550m in a new consignment of weapons to Ukraine, including ammunition for the increasingly important rocket launchers and artillery guns. Ukraine’s defense minister said on Monday that Ukraine has received a batch of four more US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).
The US has accused Russia of using Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant as a “nuclear shield”. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Washington was “deeply concerned” that Moscow was now using the plant as a military base and was firing at Ukrainian forces from its vicinity, and Russia’s actions around the plant ” height of irresponsibility”.