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THE Kremlin issued a chilling threat of nuclear war today after scientists said humanity is closer than ever to Armageddon.

Vladimir Putin's spokesman warned of "appropriate measures" following the decision to reset the Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight.

5The Doomsday Clock was moved closer to midnight at an unveiling in Washington yesterdayCredit: Getty 5A panel of experts say humanity is nearer than ever to Armageddon 5Vladimir Putin has repeatedly threatened to fire nukes at the WestCredit: Alamy

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists cited Moscow's "thinly veiled threats to use nuclear weapons" in their reasons for moving the symbolic clock forward by ten seconds.

It means the world-renowned experts judge the end of the world is closer than at any time in recent history.

Panel member Dr Steve Fetter said: "The risk of nuclear catastrophe is higher today than last year."

In response, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "The situation as a whole is really alarming."

He called for a sober appraisal of tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukraine war.

But he blamed the West, claiming there was no prospect of peace based on "the line that was chosen by Nato under US leadership".

Peskov added: "This imposes on us a duty to be particularly careful, to be alert and to take appropriate measures."

Earlier the Kremlin blasted a deal to send US and German tanks to Ukraine as "blatant provocation".

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Putin's official mouthpiece said the Abrams and Leopard tanks "will burn like all the rest".

And regime propagandists demanded Russia launch nukes at Berlin.

Yesterday a panel of scientists and global diplomats behind the Doomsday Clock cited repeated warnings by Putin and his cronies that he is ready to fire nukes.

"Russia's thinly veiled threats to use nuclear weapons remind the world that escalation of the conflict - by accident, intention or miscalculation - is a terrible risk," said Rachel Bronson, head of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

"The possibility that the conflict could spin out of anyone's control remains high."

Mary Robinson, ex Irish president and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said: "The Doomsday Clock is sounding an alarm for the whole of humanity.

"We are on the brink of a precipice. But our leaders are not acting at sufficient speed or scale to secure a peaceful and liveable planet."

As well as the war in Ukraine, the panel also pointed to China's expansion of nuclear capabilities as "particularly troubling".

It also noted North Korea's ballistic missile tests and Iran's race to build an atomic bomb.

Other reasons for moving the clock forward included the climate crisis, bio-threats like the Covid pandemic, and disruptive information technology.

The clock had been set at 100 seconds to midnight - previously the closest ever - since three years ago.

When have we been close to midnight before?

The Doomsday Clock launched in 1947 at seven minutes to midnight - but the outlook has got worse over time

  • In 1953 the clock moved forward five minutes because the US and Soviet Union were testing nuclear weapons
  • In 1963 the clock moved back five minutes after the US and Soviet Union signed the Partial Test Ban Treaty to limit testing
  • In 1968 it moved forward five minutes after France and China developed nuclear weapons
  • In the early 1970s five minutes was given back after three treaties were signed on nuclear weapons
  • However, when India tested a nuclear device in 1974 the clock moved three minutes nearer midnight
  • In 1981, it jumped six minutes forward at the height of nuclear arms race between the US and Soviet union
  • In 1991 after the end of the Cold War fresh treaties were signed and the panel moved the clock back 14 minutes
  • In 1998 it jumped forward by eight minutes after India and Pakistan both tested nukes and the US ramped up military spending
  • In 2002 it moved another two minutes closer to midnight following the 9/11 terror attacks
  • In 2007, another two were minutes were lost because of North Korea's nuclear tests and Iran's murky ambitions
  • 2017 was the first time the panel took away part of a minute - the clock edged forward by 30 seconds
  • In 2020 it moved from two minutes to 100 seconds to midnight

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday: "Leaders did not heed the Doomsday Clock’s warnings in 2020.

"We all continue to pay the price. In 2023 it is vital for all our sakes that they act.”

The Doomsday Clock has served as a metaphor for global apocalypse since it was founded in 1947.

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A panel of experts - including scientists and Nobel prize winners - decides whether to move the hands each year based on perceived threats to our existence.

The furthest it has ever moved from midnight was 17 minutes in 1991, following the end of the Cold War and a series of nuclear weapons treaties.

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Getty Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.

It’s been a rough week for the Boston Celtics. After a nine-game win streak that saw them extend their lead atop the Eastern Conference, they’ve now lost three games in a row, including a brutal overtime loss to the New York Knicks on January 26.

Now, they are set to welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to TD Garden on January 28 – a game that will see LeBron James return to the city that may dislike him more than any other. Ahead of the Celtics’ game against the Lakers, Jaylen Brown spoke about meeting James in the playoffs early in his career, sharing his respect for the superstar.

“I think that experience, you know, experience is the best teacher,” Brown explained via CLNS Media. “Early on, being able to be thrown into high [intensity] moments, where everybody’s watching again, some of the best players in the world, have kind of led to cultivate the experiences that we get to see now. The growth, the amount of basketball maturity, how to win games, all of that comes into play. So it should be fun, playing against one of the, arguably the greatest player of all time in LeBron James.”

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Jaylen Brown Explains Missed Free ThrowsBOSTON, MA — Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown was interviewed following the Celtics 120-117 overtime loss to the Knicks on Thursday night. Boston has now lost three straight games, and will look to turn things around on Saturday night when the Lakers come to town. Jaylen Brown spoke on missing two free throws in OT…2023-01-27T04:11:07Z

It’s clear that the players in the league have a great deal of respect for James. He’s an all-time great and is set to break the NBA record for most career points later this season. But when he and the Lakers are in Boston, any love between the two parties usually goes out the window.

James is having a phenomenal season in what is his 20th year in the NBA. He has appeared in 39 of the Lakers’ 49 games this year and is playing 36.1 minutes per contest. The 38-year-old is averaging 29.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game on 50.7% shooting from the field and 30.4% shooting from behind the three-point line.

As for Brown, he’s putting up All-Star-caliber numbers as well. Brown has appeared in 44 of the Celtics’ 50 games and is playing 35.9 minutes per contest. He’s averaging 26.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game on 48.9% shooting from the floor and 33.1% shooting from distance.

Jaylen Brown Sounds Off After Ugly Knicks Loss

Boston’s recent loss to the Knicks came in heartbreaking fashion, as Brown missed two free throws near the end of overtime. If he had made them both, the Celtics would have gone up by one point. After the game, however, head coach Joe Mazzulla shared a message of support for Brown.

“I love you, Jaylen and I believe in you,” Mazzulla told NBC Sports Boston.

What is Joe Mazzulla's message to Jaylen Brown after the two missed free throws? pic.twitter.com/vnGvR46u0h

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) January 27, 2023

Meanwhile, Brown took responsibility for the mistake.

“Just gotta be better, to be honest,” Brown said via CLNS Media. “Tonight was just a rough game. And I’m a better basketball player than I played today. Those two missed free throws kind of embodied the whole game. Didn’t really get going. Didn’t give my team enough energy to win. And that’s what happens when you don’t come out and give your best. I’ll be better.”

Jayson Tatum Sends Message After Heat Loss

Brown’s mistake marked the second game in a row where a Celtics star made a mistake on the final moments of the contest. Against the Miami Heat, Jayson Tatum turned the ball over on the Celtics’ penultimate possession. After the contest, he said that he needed to be better.

“I think not calling a timeout was smart. It’s on me,” Tatum said via Souichi Terada of MassLive. “They trust me in that situation to make the right play. Regardless of being in a double team or not, I can’t let us down like that.”

Jayson Tatum on his late turnover after he got doubled: "I think not calling a timeout was smart. It's on me. They trust me in that situation to make the right play. Regardless of being in a double team or not, I can't let us down like that."

— Souichi Terada | 寺田惣一 (@SouichiTerada) January 25, 2023

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