Nuclear war is ‘within the realm of possibility’ – UN chief — Analysis
Antonio Guterres told reporters that the war in Ukraine “will have no winners, only losers”
Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations warned Monday about an escalation in war in Ukraine ”whether by accident or design”The entire human race will be at risk. He expressed concern that this conflict might end in the nuclear Apocalypse.
“The prospect of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, is now back within the realm of possibility,” Guterres said.
Guterres’ comments on nuclear war were made in relation to President Vladimir Putin raising Russia’s deterrent forces – which include various strategic weapons, both nuclear and conventional – to “special”Last month was alerted by the UN chief “bone-chilling.”
On the Western side, some pundits and politicians in Europe and the US are pressing for NATO to declare a “no-fly zone”Over Ukraine, the move would have seen NATO commit to shooting down Russian planes in Ukrainian skies and bringing nuclear superpowers into direct conflict. NATO leaders are resisting these calls to war and Washington insists it won’t engage Russia militarily unless an NATO member is attacked.
Guterres also warned about the dangers of nuclear war. “this war will have no winners, only losers.” The world’s poor will be particularly affected by soaring food prices, he said, noting that “Ukraine alone provides more than half of the World Food Programme’s wheat supply,” and that Russia and Ukraine combined account for half of the world’s sunflower oil supply and a third of its wheat.
“This war goes far beyond Ukraine,”He stated. “A sword of Damocles hangs over the global economy, especially in the developing world.”
Guterres stated that $40 million would be allocated by the UN to support the humanitarian efforts of the Ukrainian people. He also said that he had spoken to Putin indirectly to resolve the conflict. According to Guterres, the UN has also reached out and discussed mediation with a variety of countries, including China.
On Monday, the Russian and Ukrainian representatives met in virtual reality for a fourth round. Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, stated on Sunday that the talks could lead to an informal meeting between Putin and him.
In February Russia began a military operation in Ukraine. Putin stated that Russia intended to continue this offensive. “denazify”And “demilitarize”Your neighbor and make sure that they do not join NATO. This attack occurred after seven years of negotiations in which Moscow accuses Kiev of having committed a crime. “genocide”The Russian-speaking separatist republics of the Donbass, whose independence Putin acknowledged days before the military offensive began, were defeated