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Zelensky says world should ‘be ready’ for possibility of Putin using nukes


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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday that the world must “be prepared” for the possibility that Vladimir Putin could use nuclear weapons in the ongoing war.

Zelenskyy, speaking to CNN, made the remark a day after CIA Director William Burns said “given the potential desperation of President Putin and Russian leaders, given the setbacks they have faced so far militarily, none of us can take the threat lightly.” posed by a potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons”.

“Not just me – the whole world, all countries should be concerned because this may not be real information, but it may be the truth,” Zelenskyy told CNN when asked for his reaction. to Burns’ comments.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks Thursday from Kyiv, Ukraine.

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“We should think not to be afraid, not to be afraid but to be ready,” he added.

On Thursday, Burns vowed that the CIA is not taking the possibility of Putin using nuclear weapons lightly.

Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns speaks during an event at the Georgia Institute of Technology Thursday in Atlanta.

Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns speaks during an event at the Georgia Institute of Technology Thursday in Atlanta.

“We don’t know, although we’ve seen some rhetorical posturing from the Kremlin, about moving to higher nuclear alert levels, so far we haven’t seen a lot of practical evidence of the kind of military deployments or arrangements that would reinforce that concern,” he continued.

“We are watching this very carefully,” Burns also said. “This is one of our most important responsibilities at the CIA.”

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is chairing a Security Council meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is chairing a Security Council meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia.
(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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The Russian-Ukrainian war is now in its 51st day.

On the fourth day of the conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin had raised the alert status of his nuclear forces to “special combat duty regime”.

Emma Colton of Fox News contributed to this report.


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