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The mayor of Kiev issued an urgent nuclear warning to the world

As the Ukrainian conflict approaches its first anniversary, Vitali Klitschko has sent out a nuclear warning to the entire globe.

The mayor of Kyiv and former world boxing champion urged people not to ignore the situation in his nation during an interview with Canadian news outlet CTV.

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He cautioned that it would be a “big mistake” to assume that Putin’s invasion has no impact on those outside of his violent nation.

Just keep in mind that we are discussing nuclear weapons, he said.

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‘An explosion could touch everyone on our planet, and that is why we have to do everything we can to stop this war.’

Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak has said the UK ‘stands ready’ to support allies who can provide Ukraine with fighter jets.

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The UK has refused to commit to handing RAF jets to President Zelensky’s forces, with the Prime Minister only saying he has not ruled it out.

epa10412635 Kiyv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko (L) and his brother Wladimir Klitschko (R) during the 53rd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, 18 January 2023. The meeting brings together entrepreneurs, scientists, corporate and political leaders in Davos under the topic 'Cooperation in a Fragmented World' from 16 to 20 January. EPA/LAURENT GILLIERON
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko (L) and his brother Wladimir Klitschko (Picture: EPA)

But Mr Sunak said he would back nations who are in a position to supply war planes with immediate effect to Ukraine.

He told broadcasters in Germany: ‘We will happily provide assistance to any country that is able to provide Ukraine with fighter jets right now.

‘The UK stands ready to support those countries as well.’

Downing Street used a visit by Mr Zelensky to Britain last week to announce the Ministry of Defence would train Ukrainian pilots on Nato-standard aircraft.

Despite No 10 opening the door to potentially sending jets to Kyiv, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said the move could be years away, if it happens at all.

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gets off his plane after his arrival on February 18, 2023 at the airport in Munich, southern Germany, where he will attend the Munich Security Conference (MSC). - BEN STANSALL/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
Rishi Sunak spent the weekend pledging his support for Ukraine (Picture: Reuters)

Some experts have suggested RAF aircraft are ill-equipped for the warfare in Eastern Europe. And any deal would also have to be signed off by other countries.

Polish aircraft, more similar to Ukrainian jets, could be used in combat sooner than British planes.

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said he wanted to discuss transferring its Soviet-era MiG fighter jets, as part of a wider coalition led by the US.

Mr Sunak, asked whether he had spoken to Mr Morawiecki about providing his MiGs to Ukraine, said: ‘What I’ve done is said to all allies that we stand ready to support them if they can provide fighter jets for Ukraine now.’

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