UN Chief Fears Russia-Ukraine Conflict Could Turn Into ‘Wider War’

Antonio Guterres says the world is heading toward a wider war with 'its eyes wide open'

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the world is heading toward a “wider war” as the conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is inflicting untold suffering on the Ukrainian people, with profound global implications. The prospects for peace keep diminishing,” Guterres told the UN General Assembly.

“I fear the world is not sleepwalking into a wider war. I fear it is doing so with its eyes wide open,” he added.

Guterres’ comments come as the US and its allies continue to escalate military aid for Ukraine, bringing NATO and Russia closer to a direct clash, which could quickly spiral into a nuclear war.

The UN chief is the latest world leader to warn that the war in Ukraine could spark a global conflict. Even Western officials in charge of the policy of flooding Ukraine with weapons have recognized the risk.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned in December that he feared “the war in Ukraine will get out of control, and spread into a major war between NATO and Russia.” He said that when things go wrong, “they can go horribly wrong.”

President Biden said in October that the world was closer to “nuclear armageddon” than at any time since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Despite the realization, his administration has continued to test Russia’s red lines.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists believes the risk of nuclear war is higher now than at any time during the Cold War. The group placed their Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been.

The Rand Corporation, a Pentagon-funded think tank that has been shaping US policies for decades, recognized in a recently issued report titled “Avoiding a Long War” that a protracted conflict brings a greater risk of nuclear war.

Author: Dave DeCamp

Dave DeCamp is the news editor of Antiwar.com, follow him on Twitter @decampdave.