Ukraine war: Retreating Russians leave their comrades’ bodies behind

LYMAN: The Russian military abandoned a key Ukrainian city so quickly that it left dead comrades in the streets, giving more evidence on Tuesday of Moscow’s latest military defeat as the country tries to keep up. Ukraine’s four regions, which they illegally annexed last week.
Meanwhile, the upper house of Russia’s parliament has flagged the mergers after a “referendum” that Ukraine and its Western allies have dismissed as fraudulent.
Reacting to this move, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyyy officially excluded negotiations with Russia, claiming that negotiations with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin was impossible after his decision to take over the regions.
The Kremlin responded by saying it would wait for Ukraine to agree to sit down for negotiations, noting that that may not happen until a new Ukrainian president takes office.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We will wait for the incumbent president to change his position or wait for a future president of Ukraine who will reconsider his position in the interest of the people. Ukraine”.
Despite the Kremlin’s apparent political courage, the photo on the ground emphasizes the mess Putin confronting Ukraine’s advances and Russia’s attempt to establish new borders.
Over the weekend, Russian troops retreated from Lyman, a strategic eastern town that the Russians have used as a logistics and transportation hub, to avoid besieging Ukrainian forces. The liberation of the town gave Ukraine an important advantage to push their offensive deeper into Russian-held territories.
Two days later, an Associated Press team reporting from Lyman saw at least 18 bodies of Russian soldiers still on the ground. The Ukrainian army seems to have collected the bodies of their comrades after fierce battles for control of the town, but they did not immediately remove the bodies of the Russians.
“We fight for our land, for our children, so that our people can live better, but all this comes at a very high price,” said a Ukrainian soldier. according to Rud’s guerrilla team.
Speaking late Tuesday in his nightly video speech, Zelenskyyy said dozens of settlements had been withdrawn “from Russia’s fake referendum just this week” in four annexed regions. import. In the Kherson area, he lists eight villages that Ukrainian forces have cleared, “and this is by no means an exhaustive list. Our soldiers do not stop.”
The deputy head of the Russian-backed regional government in Kherson, Kirill Stremousov, told Russian TV channel that the Ukrainian army had made “certain advances” from the north and was also attacking the area from the other side. He said they were stopped by the Russians and suffered high losses.
As Kyiv pushed forward with its countermeasures, Russian forces launched more missile strikes on Ukrainian cities.
Several rockets hit Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, damaging infrastructure and causing power cuts. Kharkiv Governor Oleh Syniehubov said one person was killed. In the south, Russian missiles hit the city of Nikopol.
After regaining control of Lyman in the Donetsk region, Ukrainian forces advanced further east and may have reached the border of neighboring Luhansk region as they advanced towards Kreminna, the Institute for the Study of War Washington-based painting said in its latest analysis. .
On Monday, Ukrainian forces also made significant gains in the south, raising flags over the villages of Arkhanhelske, Myroliubivka, Khreshchenivka, Mykhalivka and Novovorontsovka.
In Washington, the US government announced on Tuesday that it would provide an additional $625 million in military aid to Ukraine, including various High Mobility Artillery Missile Systems, or HIMARS, that are said to have helped. for Kyiv’s recent military dynamics. The package also includes artillery system ammunition and armored vehicles.
Ahead of that announcement, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Perebyinis told a conference in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday that Ukraine needed more weapons since Russia began deploying a portion of men in the army. enlistment age last month. He said additional weapons would help end the war sooner, not escalate it.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the military had recruited more than 200,000 reservists as part of a local mobilization launched two weeks ago. He said the recruits had undergone training at 80 firing ranges before being sent to the front lines in Ukraine.
Putin’s mobilization order said that up to 300,000 reservists would be called up, but it opened the door for an even larger wave of activations. The order sparked protests across Russia and caused tens of thousands of men to flee the country.
Russia’s attempt to combine the four enclave zones to the east and south of Ukraine was made so hastily that even the exact borders of the infiltrated territories are unclear.
The upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council, voted to ratify treaties that make eastern Donetsk and Luhansk and the southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia part of Russia. The House of Representatives did so on Monday.
Putin is expected to quickly ratify the merger treaties.
Elsewhere, the head of Europe’s largest nuclear plant operator said Ukraine is considering restarting the facility occupied by Russia to ensure safety as winter approaches.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, Energoatom Chairman Petro Kotin said the company could restart two of the reactors of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the next few days.
“If you have a low temperature, you will just freeze everything inside. The safety devices will be damaged,” he said.
Fears that the war in Ukraine could cause a radioactive leak at the Zaporizhzhia plant has forced its remaining reactors to shut down. The factory was damaged by shelling, raising international alarm about the possibility of disaster.


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