Former Russian general says nuke strike in Ukraine would be 'perfect'

Former Russian general says nuke strike in Ukraine would be 'perfect'

Former Russian general calls for nuclear strike in southern Ukraine saying Kyiv’s forces ‘have gathered there in one place – it’s just perfect’

  • Retired general Andrey Gurulev calls for Kyiv’s counter-offensive to be halted
  • READ MORE: Kyiv’s counter-offensive making gains against Russia in south

A former top Russian soldier has suggested dropping a nuclear bomb in southern Ukraine to eradicate any gains made by Kyiv’s forces in the region.

Andrey Gurulev, a retired lieutenant general who is now an MP in the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament, says Robotyne, a village recently recaptured by Ukrainian forces, would be ‘perfect’ for the use of a devastating nuclear weapon.

Robotyne was successfully captured on Monday as part of a major counter-offensive being conducted against Putin’s forces as Ukraine pushes towards the Sea of Azov.

Kyiv troops are thought to be heading south to cut off Russia’s ‘land bridge’ in the region that connects Ukraine to Russia via occupied Crimea. 

But Gurulev, speaking on pro-Putin talk show Solovyov Live, has suggested using a nuclear weapon on Robotyne while Ukrainian troops are gathered there ahead of the next big push.

Andrey Gurulev, a former Russian lieutenant general, said the use of a tactical nuclear weapon in southern Ukraine would be ‘perfect’

Ukrainian armed forces have captured the village of Robotyne in the southern Zaporizhzhia region – considered a key victory in their push south towards Crimea

The Ukrainian counter-offensive has seen Kyiv forces push back against Russian occupiers in the Zaporizhzhia region. The end goal is believed to be the Sea of Azov – and the occupation of the ‘land bridge’ linking Crimea to Ukraine

A Ukrainian flag is planted in an unknown location in this image from a video released by Ukraine’s ministry of defence

READ MORE: Ukraine’s troops pick off Putin’s soldiers one-by-one in brutal close-quarters combat footage as Kyiv’s counter-offensive makes more gains into Russia’s Zaporizhzhia defences 

Ukraine’s forces have pushed deeper into Russian defensive lines in the country’s south, as footage emerged of intense close-quarters combat between Kyiv and Moscow troops (pictured)

He told fawning Putin supporter Vladimir Solovyov, in remarks reported by the Telegraph: ‘The village of Rabotino is an ideal place for the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

‘They [Ukrainians] have all gathered there in one place… It’s just perfect.’

Following the successful recapture of Robotyne on Monday, Ukraine said on Tuesday that its troops had made further progress in Verbove, seven miles east.

Military spokesman Andriy Kovalyov said Ukrainian forces were edging further in the Zaporizhzhia region, which Moscow claims is part of Russia.

‘Ukrainian forces had successes in the direction of Novodanylivka to Verbove,’ he told state media on Tuesday, naming two hamlets in the war-battered region.

He added that the troops were holding captured territory and attacking Russian artillery.

Despite the successes, ordinary Ukrainians continue to be caught in the crossfire of Putin’s obsessive campaign to reclaim the country for Russia.

Oleksander Prokudin, governor of southern Kherson region in Ukraine, said three people were killed by explosions in fields caused by mines and other devices left behind by Russian troops who abandoned much of the region last November.

Russian shelling also killed a 45-year-old civilian man in the northeast town of Kupiansk, local officials said, as Moscow’s forces try to advance in the area.

In the nearby Russian-controlled town of Gorlivka, its Moscow-aligned mayor said Ukrainian shelling had killed three civilians.

Mayor Ivan Prikhodko described the fatal shelling on a milk production facility as ‘horrifying’.

Mandatory evacuations have been carried out in several villages close to the front lines in the south to order protect children.

Ukrainian troops firing several small rockets towards Russian troops on the Zaporizhzhia frontline earlier this month

Russian shelling – and its abandoned minefields – are continuing to hurt and kill ordinary Ukrainians. This house was destroyed in a Russian missile attack on August 27

A tank rolls through the countryside near Robotyne on August 25, days before Ukraine announced that it had seized the village back from Russian control

READ MORE: DOMINIC SANDBROOK: Many think nuclear war is impossible, but can we really be sure that one day – driven by hatred, rage or fear – one of the world’s leaders won’t press the red button? 

Yuri Malashko, head of the region’s military administration, said: ‘There are 54 children and 67 accompanying family members. That is 121 people that need to be evacuated.’

‘There are on average of 90 to 120 attacks per day, and these are the settlements that are constantly under fire.’

Ukrainian troops have also been trying to surround the eastern town of Bakhmut, which was captured by Russian forces in May.

The Russian-installed head of the Donetsk region, where Bakhmut is located, on Tuesday played down the Ukrainian push, after Kyiv claimed successes.

‘The flanks are being held. The situation there is already stabilising,’ Denis Pushilin told Russian state media.

The use of nuclear weapons in warfare has only ever happened twice in history – when bombs Fat Man and Little Boy were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 in a move that brought about the end of the Second World War.

Ukraine, however, continues to contend with nuclear fallout of a different kind.

The Chernobyl nuclear power station sits at the centre of a 30km (18.6mi) ‘exclusion zone’ following the meltdown of the plant in 1986, which remains all but abandoned.

It is likely to be thousands of years until the levels of radioactivity are low enough for the area to be liveable again. 

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