Russian officials demand low-yield nuclear weapons after Moscow loses key regions

Russia’s top leader on Saturday urged the Kremlin to consider deploying low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine after Russian troops withdraw from Lyman.

Ramzan Kadyrov, a powerful Chechen leader. I have written In a telegram, he believes “more drastic steps should be taken, ranging from declaring martial law in border areas and using low-yield nuclear weapons.” “You don’t have to look to the West American community to make all your decisions…it already says so and does a lot to us.”

Russian officials confirmed the loss of Lyman in Ukraine just hours before Kadyrov’s statement. I was.

“In connection with the emerging threat of encirclement, allied forces withdrew from the Krasny Liman settlement to a more favorable front,” the Russian Defense Ministry said. Said Via telegram.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Said “Lyman has been completely wiped out,” he said in a telegram video on Saturday, adding, “Thanks to our troops… Glory to Ukraine!”

The British Ministry of Defense explained that Lyman was of operational importance because it commanded a vital road crossing the Sivelsky Donets River, behind which Russia was trying to strengthen its defenses.

Kadyrov, the influential ruler of the Chechen Republic in the Caucasus Republic, is a defender of the war in Ukraine, where the Chechen army forms part of the Russian military vanguard. Kadyrov is widely believed to be personally close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who appointed him to rule rebellious Chechnya in 2007.

After the Ukrainian-Russian conflict began on February 24, Chechen troops were seen sent to Ukraine to fight.

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In the post, Kadyrov described Colonel Alexander Lapin, the commander of the Russian forces fighting at Lyman, as “mediocre” and suggested that he be demoted to private and stripped of his decorations. “Today we have abandoned several settlements and large tracts of territory due to the lack of basic military logistics,” he said.

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Satellite imagery shows damaged buildings and tanks on the road in Ryman, Ukraine on May 25, 2022. (Handout via Maxar Technologies/Reuters)

About a week ago, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also suggested that nuclear weapons could be used to defend Russian territory after Putin said last month that he would partially mobilize Russian reserves. In that speech, Putin also suggested that Moscow use all the weapons it has in its arsenal.

“This is not a bluff,” Putin said in his speech. “And those who seek to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and turn against them.”

Last weekend, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told NBC News that the United States would respond if nuclear weapons were deployed in a conflict. He didn’t elaborate on how to do that.

“The United States will respond decisively,” Sullivan said in late September. “Now we have a private channel explaining in more detail what that means, but we have the credibility to talk directly to the senior Russian leaders and explain what the outcome will be for them. Wants to publicly take rhetorical retaliation for the tat.

Jack Phillips


Jack Phillips is a New York-based breaking news reporter for the Epoch Times.