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The president of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadirov, on Saturday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to use low-power nuclear weapons in Ukraine in response to military setbacks by Russian forces in the east of the country.
“My personal opinion is that more drastic measures should be taken, from the declaration of martial law in the border area to the use of low-intensity nuclear weapons,” Kadirov has put forward in a message posted on his Telegram channel.
For the Chechen leader, “every decision should not be made with an eye on the American Western community.” “It has already been done and it has gone against us. Yesterday it was a parade in Izium, today a flag in Liman and what will it be tomorrow?” he posed.
Kadirov has blamed Colonel General Olexander Lapin for Saturday’s seizure of the town of Liman in the Donetsk region by Ukrainian forces. Kadirov has indicated that Lapin has sent fighters of the Lugansk People’s Republic and other units “without necessary communications, supplies and ammunition.”
He has also reproached Lapin for moving his headquarters to Starobilsk, 100 kilometers away from the troops. “How can you command your units being 150 kilometers away? Today we have lost a large amount of territory because of the lack of elementary military logistics,” he has pointed out.
Kadirov has assured that already two weeks ago they knew that Liman was an easy target, but the chief of the Russian General Staff, Valeri Gerasimov, “trusted Lapin’s talent and leadership.”
“If it were up to me I would demote Lapin to private, strip him of his medals and send him to the front with a machine gun in his hand to wipe his shame with blood,” he has said.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces have reported Saturday that they have entered the town of Liman, where there were about 5,000 Russian servicemen. Moscow has confirmed the withdrawal from the city “to more advantageous lines.”