The likelihood of Russia launching a nuclear attack could increase once Vladimir Putin unwarrantedly claims four regions of Ukraine are Russia’s – and Ukraine needs to be ready, a regional governor said. .
Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the eastern Donetsk region Ukrainesaid resorting to the nuclear option would “push them (Russia) into the abyss” before Moscow could act.
He also issued a warning to the hundreds of thousands of Russians being mobilized to fight on the front lines: go to Ukraine and die, be wounded or captured – or stay in Russia and rise up against the Putin regime.
Governor spoke to Sky News on Tuesday after five days of voting in mock referendums on whether to participate. Russia ended in the Russian-occupied regions of his region as well as the regions of Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, all to the east and south.
The results, which will not be internationally recognized, are expected to show a “yes” majority before Russia formally annexes the territories.
Kyrylenko said the move would not change anything for Ukraine, which intends to fight to regain all the lands captured by Russian forces.
Asked if it would increase the risk of a tactical nuclear attack by Russia, the governor said: “This possibility needs to be considered. I want to repeat myself. We need to be ready and Russia. need to understand that such a move would plunge them into an assault. abyss before they can act.”
He said there is also the threat of extrajudicial weapons of mass destruction and chemicals.
The governor said efforts have long been underway to evacuate people from frontline areas to reduce their risk of exposure to such threats.
He said Ukraine is also strengthening its defenses in the Donetsk region to prevent Russian advances and also counter-attacks to retake Russian-controlled territory.
This is happening on different fronts in the Donetsk region in two important battles.
Russia is targeting the Ukrainian-held city of Bakhmut, while Ukrainian forces are fighting to retake the Russian-occupied city of Lyman.
The Ukrainians are harnessing momentum from a terrifying four-week counter-offensive aimed at recapturing territory across neighboring Kharkiv and spooking Russia by speeding up its annexation plan.
Asked if he had sent a message to President Putin, Kyrylenko, dressed in military style for the war, said he did not think there was any benefit in sending a message to a “sick patient.” “. Instead, he wanted to talk to all Russians.
“The Russians have a choice: either come here to go to Ukraine’s territory and not come back alive, come back with missing body pieces, or go to prison, or revolt against the regime,” he said. field in Russia.”