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Putin's nuclear threats to move Doomsday Clock 'closer to midnight than ever before'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent threats to use nuclear weapons over the war in Ukraine could put the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight than ever before, an expert has warned.

The Doomsday Clock, organised by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is a representation of how close humanity is to self-destruction.

The closer the minute hand is to midnight, the closer we are to a World War Three-style global catastrophe. READ MORE: 'Frightened' Putin 'getting closer to launching nuclear strike' warns ex-RAF chiefIt was debuted in 1947 at seven minutes to midnight and is reassessed in January each year.

From 2000 to now we have been just 100 seconds away from midnight - the nearest it has ever been. The last reset came in January this year, just one month before Putin sent tanks over the border into Ukraine.

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