Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nuclear use risk highest in decades

Russia-Ukraine war update: The global nuclear weapon stockpile could rise for first time since the Cold War, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says as its director warns of the increased risk of weapon use today.

An arms research institute says the risk of nuclear war is higher today than at any time since the height of the Cold War.
Russian forces have blown up a bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River, which links the embattled city of Severodonetsk to its twin city of Lysychansk, cutting off a possible evacuation route for civilians, local officials say.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian casualties since the start of the war may pass 40,000 in June.

Moscow-backed officials are solidifying their hold on occupied territories by installing Russian flags in the Melitopol administrative centre, and flying them on a highway to the strategic city of Mariupol, with the sign to the port city’s entrance painted in the Russian flag colours.
The self-proclaimed officials also celebrated Russia Day on Sunday and began issuing Russian passports to residents in Melitopol, Russian state-owned RIA Novosti says.

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