Russia reported this Saturday that his troops had abandoned an important stronghold to the east Ukraine occupied, a searing defeat that brought down one of the president’s most bellicose allies Wladimir Putin to ask that Russia consider resorting to it nuclear weapons low note
That Fall of Lima It came just a day later Putin proclaim the annexation of four Ukrainian regions – including Donetsk, where Limán is located – and put them under the nuclear umbrella Russiain a ceremony condemned by Kyiv and the West as an illegitimate farce.
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In connection with the creation of an encirclement threat, Allied troops were withdrawn from the settlement of Krasny Liman to more advantageous lines,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, using the Russian name of the city.
The statement ended hours of official Moscow silence after Ukraine said first it had surrounded thousands of Russian troops in the region and then that its forces were in the town of Liman.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya’s southern region, who describes himself as Putin’s foot soldier, said he felt he had to speak out after losing territory.
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-power nuclear weapons,” Kadyrov wrote on Telegram.
Other senior Putin allies, including former President Dmitry Medvedev, have suggested that Russia may have to resort to nuclear weapons, but Kadyrov’s call was the most urgent and clearest.
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Putin said last week he was not faking it when he said he was ready to defend Russia’s “territorial integrity” by any means available, and made it clear on Friday that this extends to the new regions claimed by Moscow.
Washington says it would respond decisively to any use of nuclear weapons and has told Moscow of the “catastrophic consequences” it would face.