On Wednesday, Ramesh Rajasingham, Head of the Directorate for the Coordination of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned of the threat of a nuclear conflict in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
He said that the Russian invasion has prompted twelve million Ukrainians to leave their homes. In besieged cities, civilians remain trapped and cut off from essentials.
“Worldwide, food, fuel, and fertilizer prices are skyrocketing. Supply chains already under pressure from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are disrupted,” Rajasingham said in the report. This situation hits the poorest and sows the seeds of further political instability and unrest around the world, with direct implications for the protection of civilians. he summed up.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Russia has repeatedly threatened other countries with nuclear weapons for intervening in the conflict. On February 28, Vladimir Putin put the nuclear triad on a special alert regime, and two months later he promised a “lightning strike” against countries that would interfere with his plans in Ukraine.
Russia plans to limit itself to conventional weapons “at this stage,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reassured on April 19. A week later, he called for treating nuclear war as a real threat: “The danger is serious, it should not be underestimated.”
In May, Security Council deputy head Dmitry Medvedev said that NATO assistance to Ukraine could lead to a direct clash between the countries of the alliance with Russia and a full-fledged nuclear war. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov added that Russia would be ready to give “the most decisive response” to any attempts to “get into” Ukraine and “special military operation.”