Russia faced its worst defeat on a military battlefield in 80 years this weekend as startling details emerged of new Russian atrocities against Ukrainian civilians.
Triumphant Ukrainian soldiers raised their country’s flag at the entrance to the strategically important city of Lyman yesterday, just days after Vladimir Putin brazenly annexed four occupied Ukrainian regions.
Some of Putin’s troops are believed to be trapped in Lyman, a key logistics hub, after being encircled by Ukraine’s lightning-fast advance. They are faced with the task of surrendering or fighting their way out in a move that would likely result in huge casualties.
But the breakthrough in eastern Ukraine came as new reports of Russian atrocities surfaced and fears mounted that a humiliated Vladimir Putin might resort to nuclear weapons. At least 24 civilians, including 13 children and a pregnant woman, were shot dead in a Russian attack on a road convoy, Ukraine claimed.
A volunteer places the bodies of the killed people at a site of a civilian convoy hit by shelling from Russian troops during the Russian attack on Ukraine, near the village of Kurylivka in the Kharkiv region, according to the Ukrainian State Security Service
Triumphant Ukrainian soldiers raised their country’s flag at the entrance to the strategically important city of Lyman yesterday, just days after Vladimir Putin brazenly annexed four occupied Ukrainian regions
Ukrainian troops showed reporters a group of vehicles with bullet holes and several dead bodies in civilian clothes near the recently recaptured city of Kupyansk in northeastern Ukraine.
“The Russians fired on civilians at close range,” regional governor Oleg Synegubov said.
The region’s prosecutor’s office said Russian troops opened fire on a convoy of seven cars as civilians tried to flee the fighting.
“The line of cars was fired upon by the Russian army on September 25 as civilians tried to evacuate,” the bureau said in a statement. “Two cars with children and their parents in them burned out completely.” Meanwhile, Ramzan Kadyrov, one of Putin’s henchmen and head of Russia’s Chechnya region, said yesterday in comments that will fuel fears of more horrors that Moscow should consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine.
In a Telegram message criticizing Russian commanders for abandoning Lyman, Kadyrov 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 nuclear weapons with low explosive power. ‘ His disturbing comments came as follows:
l Airstrike warnings sounded in Kyiv yesterday as Ukraine braced for a spate of rocket attacks in retaliation for Russia’s losses in the east of the country;
l Russian forces “almost certainly” attacked a humanitarian convoy in the southern Zaporizhia region last Friday, according to the British Ministry of Defense. At least 30 people in civilian vehicles were killed in the attack;
l The head of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was arrested by Russian troops as part of an apparent conspiracy to transfer the site to the Russian energy company Rosatam;
l Explosions were reported at a Russian air base in Crimea.
Serhii Cherevatyi, a spokesman for Ukraine’s forces in the east, said yesterday Russian units in Lyman were “surrounded” and villages around the city had been recaptured. Up to 5,500 Russian troops were previously at Lyman but the number of prisoners is unknown as some retreated or were killed before the encirclement.
Cars of a civilian convoy are seen between the occupied town of Svatove in the Lugansk region and the Ukrainian-held town of Kupyansk, which was hit by shelling from Russian troops during the Russian attack on Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian state security service
Mr Cherevatyi said Ukrainian forces controlled most routes out of the city and some Russian breakout attempts had “not been very successful”. Russia’s defense ministry later said it had withdrawn its troops from the city.
A Russian government news agency reported: “In connection with the threat of Allied encirclement [Russian] Forces were withdrawn from Lyman to more advantageous defences.’ Footage posted to social media by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office chief Andriy Yermak showed Ukrainian soldiers raising their blue and yellow national flag on the outskirts of the city.
The city is now used as a way station when Kyiv tries to advance into the Luhansk region.
Professor Michael Clarke, former director-general of the Royal United Services Institute think tank, said Russia had suffered its biggest battlefield setback since losing to Nazi Germany in 1943.
“They haven’t had such a defeat at the brigade level since World War II. They were defeated in Afghanistan, but that was guerrilla warfare.”
Prof Clarke said Kadyrov’s comments about nuclear weapons did not increase the likelihood that such devastating weapons would be used.
“He’s borderline insane. He believes he has enormous influence in Russia – and he doesn’t. We are far, far away from using tactical nuclear weapons.’
The United States warns of “catastrophic consequences” for Russia if it uses nuclear weapons. A Ukrainian source close to the presidential administration said Ukraine believes Putin would use other weapons of mass destruction first, such as chemical weapons.
Ukraine’s recapture of Lyman comes after Moscow illegally seized Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia in eastern Ukraine on Friday with rigged referendums.
A Western security source said the annexation of Ukraine’s four regions and Kiev’s battlefield successes “make this period the most dangerous time of the conflict since it began last February.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11271113/Putins-chilling-child-massacre-revealed-Russia-faces-worst-military-defeat-80-years.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Putin’s horrific child massacre has been exposed as Russia faces its worst military defeat in 80 years