The head of Russia’s Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has called for nuclear weapons to be used in Ukraine.
He issued the statement to President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, following Russia ’s defeat in the Ukranian city of Lyman.
Russian troops were forced to retreat after they were surrounded by Ukraine’s military in the city, which is located in the Donetsk region near the border with Luhansk, an area Putin was planning on annexing, according to the Associated Press.
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The Russian Defence Ministry has confirmed that troops "retreated to more advantageous lines.”
It poses a large problem for Russia, as their military had been using Lyman as a transportation hub.
In response, Kadyrov, a Putin ally who had supported the invasion of Ukraine, penned a Telegram post in which he stated the president should strike Ukraine with "low-yield nuclear weapons" in retaliation.
It read: "I don't know what the RF Ministry of Defence reports to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, but in my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, up to the declaration of martial law in the border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons.
“It is not necessary to take every decision with an eye on the Western American community – it has already said so and done a lot against us.”
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It comes as US officials described the latest referendums in Ukraine as a “sham”.
Kadyrov continued, placing the blame on Colonel-General Alexander Lapin, who he said failed to provide units with the necessary communications and ammunition.
He wrote: "Army nepotism will not lead to good. In the army it is necessary to appoint as commanders people of a strong character, courageous, principled, who worry about their fighters, who tear their teeth for their soldier, who know that a subordinate cannot be left without help and support.
“There is no place for nepotism in the army, especially in difficult times."
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