VLADIMIR Putin’s humiliated troops have fled a major battlefield in eastern Ukraine as the tyrant’s Chechen warlord said Russia should use nuclear weapons to retaliate.
After being surrounded by fierce Ukrainian forces, Russia withdrew its fighting troops from the key city of Lyman, greatly embarrassing Moscow.
Russia admitted that its troops left their Lyman bastion to avoid being encircled by the Ukrainian army.
“Allied forces were withdrawn from the Lyman settlement to more advantageous lines because of the threat of encirclement,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
In a chilling message, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechnya region, said that after the major new defeat, Moscow should now consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine.
He wrote: “In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, up to and including the imposition of martial law in the border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons.”
Russia has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world – including low-yield tactical nuclear weapons designed to be used against opposing armies.
Other senior Putin allies, including former President Dmitry Medvedev, have suggested Russia may have to resort to nuclear weapons – but Kadyrov’s call was the most urgent and clearest.
It comes from Moscow after hours of silence after Kyiv said it had surrounded thousands of Russian troops in Lyman and its forces were in the city.
In a video posted by the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff, two grinning Ukrainian soldiers were seen pasting the yellow and blue national flag to the welcome sign at the city’s entrance.
“1. October. We unfurl our national flag and plant it on our land. Lyman will be Ukraine,” said one of the soldiers, standing on the hood of a military vehicle.
Lyman’s ouster is a major setback for Moscow after Putin on Friday declared four regions in Ukraine as Russia – including Donetsk, where Lyman is located.
In the worst escalation since the war began, the Russian leader said he would defend the stolen country “with all our strength and all our means.”
But Ukraine and its Western allies branded Russia’s move illegal – and Kyiv vowed to keep liberating its country.
Russia used Lyman as a logistics and transportation hub for its operations in the north of the Donetsk region.
And his fall marks Ukraine’s biggest victory on the battlefield since a Blitz counter-offensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region last month.
A spokesman for Ukraine’s military said capturing Lyman would allow Kyiv to advance into the Luhansk region.
“Lyman is important because it is the next step in liberating Ukraine’s Donbass,” he said.
But in a seemingly desperate attempt to secure Moscow’s grip on the newly annexed territory, Ukraine said Russian forces kidnapped the general director of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Ihor Murashov, on Friday afternoon.
It happened just hours after Putin signed deals to incorporate Moscow-controlled Ukrainian territory into Russia — including the area around the nuclear power plant.
Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear company Energoatom said Russian troops stopped Murashov’s car, blindfolded him and took him to an undisclosed location.
The power plant was repeatedly caught in the crossfire of the seven-month war.
Ukrainian workers continued to operate it after Russian troops seized the power plant, and its last reactor was shut down in September as a precaution amid ongoing fighting nearby.
In its heaviest barrage in weeks, the Russian military on Friday bombarded Ukrainian cities with rockets, rockets and drones, killing 30 and wounding 88 in a strike in the Zaporizhia region’s capital.
In other fighting, Russian shelling in the Donetsk region killed four and wounded six, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.
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