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All of Ukraine “will burn,” according to a senior Russian official and Putin friend, if Kyiv employs longer-range missiles to attack Russia.
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Dmitry Medvedev, who is a high-ranking official in Russia and an ally of President Vladimir Putin, has issued a warning that if Kyiv uses long-range missiles to attack Russia, then all of Ukraine will face a destructive response.
He made this threat of nuclear strikes on a TV channel that is owned by the Russian military.
Medvedev said: “There will be no negotiations in this case, only retaliatory strikes,
“The whole of Ukraine remaining under Kyiv’s rule will burn… Our response may be anything.”
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Dmitry Medvedev warns if Ukraine assaults Russian facilities in Crimea, Moscow will ‘simply reply’ (Image: Getty)
Russian targets hit by Ukrainian Air Assault Forces
Together with their Ukrainian National Guard counterparts, members of the 25th Separate Airborne Sicheslav Brigade have destroyed Russian military hardware.
The Ukrainian army are demolishing Russian occupiers in Luhansk Oblast, according to the Air Assault Forces leadership.
A 25th Separate Airborne Sicheslav Brigade spokesman said: “Another Russian tank and truck have turned into scrap metal! And we warned them: ‘Don’t step on Ukrainian soil, or you will be buried in it’!”
Russian attack on Kharkiv severely damages university
The Russian military launched a missile attack on the Kyiv district in the city of Kharkiv, hitting the O. M. Beketov Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy building. The attack, which occurred around 8: 20, caused significant damage to the five-story building of the higher education institution and resulted in a security guard being injured. Another missile from the attack hit a residential building, causing four more injuries to local residents: a 58-year-old man and three women aged 54, and 83. This information was reported by the Prosecutor’s Office.
Vladimir Putin ‘promised’ not to kill Zelensky, says former Israeli prime minister
A former Israeli prime minister who served briefly as a mediator at the start of Russia’s war with Ukraine says he drew a promise from the Russian president not to kill his Ukrainian counterpart.
Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett emerged as an unlikely intermediary in the war’s first weeks, becoming one of the few Western leaders to meet President Vladimir Putin during the war in a snap trip to Moscow last March.
While Bennett’s mediation efforts appear to have done little to end the bloodshed that continues until today, his remarks, in an interview posted online late Saturday, shed light on the backroom diplomacy and urgent efforts that were underway to try to bring the conflict to a speedy conclusion in its early days.
Russian attacks kill five across Ukraine
According to official reports, on February 4, Russia attacked 7 districts of Ukraine.
According to regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, Russian forces in the eastern Donetsk Oblast killed four civilians on February 4—three in Bakhmut and one in Yampil.
Ukraine: Five killed in Russian attacks seven regions (Image: Getty)
Ukrainian soldiers are facing greater difficulties in Bakhmut, according to British intelligence
The UK’s Defence Intelligence states that Russian forces have been making it harder for the defenders of Bakhmut over the past week. The report also mentions that Russia has been making steady progress in their efforts to surround the town of Bakhmut.The MoD report reads: “The M03 and the H32 – the two main roads into the city for Ukrainian defenders – are likely now both threatened by direct fire, following the Russian advances. Earlier in the week, Wagner paramilitary forces highly likely seized a subordinate route which links Bakhmut to the town of Siversk. While multiple alternative cross-country supply routes remain available to Ukrainian forces, Bakhmut is increasingly isolated.”
Russia launches rocket attack on Kharkiv
Russian forces have attacked the city and region of Kharkiv. Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Kharkiv military administration, and Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of Kharkiv, have both posted on Telegram that Russia was launching strikes and advised residents to stay in shelters. Syniehubov mentioned that early reports suggest an S-300 missile hit a central area in Kharkiv, while Terekhov stated that two Russian missiles impacted the Kyiv district in the center of the city. At the moment, no reports of injuries or deaths have been received.
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