Kyiv: The world should prepare for the possible use by Russia of nuclear weapons, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky told journalists Saturday, repeating an earlier warning.
“We shouldn’t wait for the moment when Russia decides to use nuclear weapons,” he said in an interview with Ukrainian news media.
“We must prepare for that.”
Anti-radiation medicine and air raid shelters would be needed, he said. The Russians, he said, “can use any weapon, I’m convinced of it”.
The interview was relayed by six Ukrainian news websites and also broadcast by the Ukrainian presidency on Telegram.
Already on Friday, Zelensky had warned that the world should be worried about the threat Putin posed, echoing comments by CIA director William Burns.
Burns said Thursday that Russia’s battlefield setbacks raised the risk that President Vladimir Putin could deploy a tactical or low-yield nuclear weapon.
US President Joe Biden is “deeply concerned about avoiding a third world war, about avoiding a threshold in which nuclear conflict becomes possible,” said Burns.