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‘Totally unacceptable’: UN chief on Russia-Ukraine nuclear conflict talks

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a Security Council meeting on Ukraine on Thursday that talk of a nuclear conflict is “totally unacceptable”. According to the UN chief, “the occupation of the territory of a state by another state through threat or use of force is a violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.”

Guterres also urged an investigation into the “list of brutality” in the Ukraine war. “The UN rights body’s report shows a ‘list of brutalities’ – summary executions, sexual violence, torture, and other inhumane and degrading treatment against prisoners of war,” he said.

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Without pointing the finger directly at Russia, Guterres said “all allegations must be thoroughly investigated to ensure accountability” and that “victims and their families have the right to justice, treatment and compensation”.

This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rare address on Wednesday, where he said that “Ukraine has signed a decree on the partial mobilization of its 2 million-strong military stockpile to fight the war”. Putin said the announcement was made to “protect the homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Russia.

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Putin said, “We are talking about partial mobilization, that is, only those citizens who are currently in reserve will be subject to enlistment, and above all, those who have served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty. and relevant experience.”

While some world leaders have condemned Russia’s announcement of ‘partial mobilization’, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said he does not believe the world will allow the latter to use nuclear weapons,

(with inputs from agencies)

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