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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Putin’s “Nuclear” threat is “Appalling”

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told an emergency session of the 193-member UN General Assembly on Ukraine on Monday that the idea of ​​a nuclear conflict was “absolutely unimaginable”.

The UN official described Russian President Vladimir Putin’s placing of Russia’s nuclear deterrent forces on high alert on Sunday as “appalling,” adding, “We have chills at Putin’s declaration of nuclear readiness.”

“The fighting in Ukraine must stop,” he said, noting that the Ukrainian capital was besieged from all sides.

He also continued, “Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled outside the borders of their country,” indicating that the UN will not abandon the Ukrainian people.

“The window for dialogue on Ukraine should remain open despite the war,” he added, stressing the need to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and protect its territory.

Ukraine’s delegate, Sergey Kislitsa, said in his speech that “our country is witnessing the first all-out war since the establishment of the UN,” adding that putting Russia’s nuclear force on alert is “madness.”

He also continued, “Russia is using all capabilities to attack my country,” noting that Moscow caused an increase in the level of radiation in Chernobyl.

The Ukrainian official called on the General Assembly to pressure Russia to stop its operations and withdraw its forces.

On the other hand, the Russian delegate to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, considered the Ukrainian regime a threat to his country.

“The West flooded Ukraine with weapons,” he said in his speech to the emergency session of the General Assembly, adding, “We are defending ourselves from a regime that tried to acquire a nuclear weapon.”

He also added, “It was necessary to intervene to protect the residents of Lugansk and Donetsk,” stressing that the occupation of Ukraine was not the goal of the military operation.

It is noteworthy that Ukraine is witnessing from February 24, a Russian military operation, which came days after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of the separatist regions of Lugansk and Donetsk.

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