At the moment, there is serious concern about the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons by the Russian military in eastern Ukraine.
This is due to the fact that Russia warned in harsh tones that an attack on the territories annexed by Russia is an attack on Russian territory, and the capture of the city of Liman by the UAF was one of such events.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he contacted his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu “privately,” as he put it, to draw his attention to the threat of nuclear weapons, saying “don’t go down that path of irresponsible behavior,” without mentioning what Shoigu answered.
At the same time, Austin said in an interview that there is little he can do, and the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine is Putin’s prerogative, and what decision he will make will be.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to advance in the Kharkiv direction. If nothing changes in the coming days, the Russian army will roll back to the Troitskoye-Svatovo-Kremennaya line. In Kupyansk, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are expanding the bridgehead with the aim of further offensive to the east. The goal is to cut the road to Svatovo.
Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine advanced 30 km along the road along the Kakhovka reservoir in one day, occupying 4 settlements of great defensive importance. An attempt was made to attack the Armed Forces of Ukraine with large forces on Davydov Brod from the direction of Sukhoi Headquarters.
According to Russian sources, a massive tank attack on Kherson ended in defeat and heavy losses on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a significant part of the military equipment fell into the hands of Russian troops.
Russia is constantly building up its forces in eastern Ukraine.
A large number of Russian troops are being deployed to the area of a special military operation in eastern Ukraine, sources say.
After the loss of the city of Liman, Russian troops are preparing “for a major operation in the ‘central’ sector of the front,” a Russian official said.
At the same time, as video recordings show, about 600 tanks and 1,200 infantry fighting vehicles from the Far East will arrive in the combat area in the near future for the operation in the western part of Donbass, and the first echelons have already begun to arrive in this area.
The operational center of the Ukrainian army in Artemovsk, Luhansk region, is under fire from Russian troops.
The NATO Secretary General, for his part, “celebrates” the liberation of Liman, pretending not to know that Russia is preparing for a counterattack.
As Jens Stoltenberg said: “We saw that they managed to take the city of Liman, and this shows that the Ukrainians are making progress and are able to repel Russian forces thanks to their courage, thanks to their courage, thanks to their skills, but, of course, thanks to modern weapons offered by the United States and other allies,” he said, speaking on the “Meet the Press” program on the US television channel NBC.
According to him, the best way for the international community to resist the Russian annexation of four regions of Ukraine is to continue to support the Kiev government.