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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres advocated for the total elimination of nuclear weapons while speaking at a United Nations meeting.

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The U.S. has warned the Kremlin of the devastating consequences Russia would face should nuclear weapons be used in Ukraine, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday.

Recent battlefield losses prompted Putin to call up 300,000 civilians last week while making barely veiled threats of using his nuclear arsenal. The U.S. government responded by saying such a move would have "catastrophic consequences” for Russia.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he does not believe Putin was bluffing when he said last week that he would be justified in using any force necessary — implying tactical nuclear weapons are not off the table. "He wants to scare the whole world," Zelenskyy said. "I think the world is deterring it and containing this threat. We need to keep putting pressure on him."

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