Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive, the RIA news agency reported.
Lavrov has said that Russia, which launched what it calls a special military operation against Ukraine last week, would face a “real danger” if Kyiv acquired nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, thousands of people fleeing fierce fighting in Ukraine streamed across central European border crossings on Wednesday as Russian troops bombarded Ukrainian cities and looked poised to advance on the embattled capital, Kyiv.
The United Nations has estimated that close to 700,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries since the invasion began in what the UN Refugee Agency has warned looks set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century.
“While he may make gains on the battlefield- he will pay a continuing high price over the long run,” said Joe Biden, US President in his State of the Union address. Straying from the prepared text, Biden added “He has no idea what’s coming”, though he did not elaborate.
Meanwhile Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba interacted with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and said China is “extremely concerned” about the harm to civilians in Ukraine.