Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Ukrainian capture of Lyman makes war ‘more difficult’ for Putin, says US

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Lloyd Austin 'very encouraged' by Ukrainian seizure of Lyman

The US defence caput has cheered the seizure by Ukrainian forces of Lyman, a cardinal Russian stronghold successful eastbound Ukraine.

Lloyd Austin told a quality league connected Saturday:

We’re precise encouraged by what we’re seeing close now.

Reuters reports Austin noted that Lyman was positioned crossed proviso lines that Russia has utilized to propulsion its troops and worldly down to the southbound and to the west.

Without those routes, it volition beryllium much difficult. So it presents a benignant of a dilemma for the Russians going forward

Austin did not accidental whether helium thought Ukraine’s seizure of Lyman – successful the Donetsk portion – mightiness punctual Russian escalation, though US officials person wide denounced Russia’s atomic rhetoric successful caller days and President Joe Biden has publically urged Putin not to usage atomic weapons.

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Lloyd Austin: ‘very encouraged’ implicit Lyman.
Photograph: Thilo Schmülgen/Reuters

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The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a Washington-based thinktank, has said the Russian subject successful its existent authorities was astir surely incapable to run connected a atomic battlefield, adjacent though it has historically trained its units to bash so.

“The chaotic agglomeration of exhausted declaration soldiers, hastily mobilised reservists, conscripts and mercenaries that presently comprise the Russian crushed forces could not relation successful a atomic environment,” Reuters reported ISW analysts arsenic saying.

Any areas affected by Russian tactical atomic weapons would frankincense beryllium impassable for the Russians, apt precluding Russian advances.

Ukraine’s battlefield successes person infuriated Putin allies specified arsenic Ramzan Kadyrov, the person of Russia’s confederate Chechnya region, who said helium believed “more drastic measures” should beryllium taken by Moscow, including “the usage of low-yield atomic weapons”.

Other apical officials, including erstwhile president Dmitry Medvedev, person suggested Russia whitethorn request to edifice to atomic weapons, but Kadyrov’s telephone was the astir explicit.

Lloyd Austin 'very encouraged' by Ukrainian seizure of Lyman

The US defence caput has cheered the seizure by Ukrainian forces of Lyman, a cardinal Russian stronghold successful eastbound Ukraine.

Lloyd Austin told a quality league connected Saturday:

We’re precise encouraged by what we’re seeing close now.

Reuters reports Austin noted that Lyman was positioned crossed proviso lines that Russia has utilized to propulsion its troops and worldly down to the southbound and to the west.

Without those routes, it volition beryllium much difficult. So it presents a benignant of a dilemma for the Russians going forward

Austin did not accidental whether helium thought Ukraine’s seizure of Lyman – successful the Donetsk portion – mightiness punctual Russian escalation, though US officials person wide denounced Russia’s atomic rhetoric successful caller days and President Joe Biden has publically urged Putin not to usage atomic weapons.

Lloyd Austin
Lloyd Austin: ‘very encouraged’ implicit Lyman.
Photograph: Thilo Schmülgen/Reuters

Summary

Hello and invited backmost to the Guardian’s continuing sum of the warfare successful Ukraine. As it approaches 9.15am successful Kyiv, here’s a rundown connected the latest quality and overnight developments.

  • Russia suffered a humiliating subject decision connected Saturday erstwhile Ukrainian troops liberated the cardinal eastbound metropolis of Lyman, with videos showing them raising a nationalist emblem and performing a triumph dance. Russia’s ministry of defence admitted its soldiers had retreated. They had been “withdrawn to much advantageous lines”, the ministry said, aft their encirclement by Ukrainian forces. The decision is an embarrassment for Vladimir Putin, who declared connected Friday that the metropolis – successful the Donetsk portion – was Russia’s “for ever”.

  • Germany’s defence minister, Christine Lambrecht, made a astonishment sojourn to Ukraine – her archetypal since Russia’s penetration successful February – arsenic Kyiv urged Berlin to nonstop it conflict tanks. Lambrecht visited the confederate larboard metropolis of Odesa connected Saturday and met her Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksii Reznikov, the German defence ministry said.

  • The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is nary longer leaking under the Baltic Sea due to the fact that an equilibrium has been reached betwixt the state and h2o pressure, pipeline spokesperson Ulrich Lissek told AFP. The British premier minster, Liz Truss, has said the bid of explosions that severely damaged Russia’s state pipelines were an enactment of sabotage.

  • Belarus is preparing to person Russian soldiers and equipment, the Kyiv Independent reports. There are astir 1,000 Russian soldiers successful the country.

  • Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada said her state held Russia to relationship for violating Ukraine’s sovereign airspace by bombing airports, which goes against the 1944 statement mounting retired halfway principles for planetary aviation. Yuliya Kovaliv told Reuters it was important that each members of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) addressed “such a drastic breach of the Chicago convention”.

  • Russia failed to triumph capable votes for re-election to the ICAO’s governing council. The French typical told the assembly aft Saturday’s ballot: “When we person votes successful our countries, if we don’t similar the result, we don’t inquire for different vote.” Russia had a spot connected the UN aviation agency’s 36-member assembly arsenic 1 of the “states of main value successful aerial transport”.

  • The caput of Russia’s portion of Chechnya said Moscow should see utilizing a low-yield atomic limb in Ukraine aft its battlefield decision successful Lyman. Ramzan Kadyrov said successful a connection connected Telegram addressing Russia’s nonaccomplishment of its stronghold: “In my idiosyncratic opinion, much drastic measures should beryllium taken, close up to the declaration of martial instrumentality successful the borderline areas and the usage of low-yield atomic weapons.”

  • A superyacht built for an oligarch nether sanctions is being discreetly offered for merchantability for £26m ($29m), with buyers advised that immoderate viewings volition beryllium successful the Maldives successful the Indian Ocean. Brokers are being warned that the merchantability of MySky, built for Igor Kesaev – sanctioned implicit the proviso of weapons to the Russian service – should not beryllium advertised online.

  • Russia has accused the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, of violating the game’s principles by suggesting that Russian athletes mightiness beryllium allowed to instrumentality to contention provided they did not enactment the penetration of Ukraine. Bach told Italian paper Corriere della Sera: “This warfare has not been started by the Russian athletes.”

  • Russian authorities informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that the caput of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia atomic powerfulness works was “temporarily detained” for questioning. Ihor Murashov was detained connected his mode from the Russian-occupied works – Europe’s largest – to the municipality of Enerhodar astatine astir 4pm connected Friday. Russia is trying to transportation the Zaporizhzhia works to the Russian vigor steadfast Rosatom, the caput of Ukraine’s atomic vigor company, Petro Kotin, has told the BBC.

  • Kharkiv oblast’s politician said Ukrainian authorities recovered the bodies of astatine slightest 20 radical successful a civilian convoy adjacent the metropolis of Kupiansk. Oleh Syniehubov believed they were killed portion they attempted to fly Russian soldiers, according to the Kyiv Independent.

  • Turkey, which has been astatine the centre of mediation betwixt the westbound and Russia, rejected Russia’s annexations successful Ukraine, calling the Kremlin’s determination connected 4 regions a “grave violation” of planetary law.