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Chance of nuclear attack could grow once Russia annexes territories, governor warns

Russia could launch a nuclear strike if Vladimir Putin falsely declares that four regions of Ukraine are Russian. A regional governor stated that Ukraine must be prepared.

Pavlo Kyrylenko (the governor of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine), stated that Russia would use the nuclear option to “plunge them into an abyss”, before Moscow had even taken action.

He also gave a warning to the many thousands of Russian soldiers who are being mobilised for combat on the frontline: either come to Ukraine to die, be wounded, or be captured or stay in Russia to resist the Putin regime.



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Sky News spoke with the governor on Tuesday, as five days of voting in sham referendums about whether to join Russia were coming to an end in Russian-occupied areas of his region, as well as in the regions of Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia, as well as in the regions of Kherson and Kherson all to the east and south.

These results will not be recognized internationally but showed a large majority for “yes” which preempts Russia’s formal annexation.

According to Mr Kyrylenko, the move would not change anything for Ukraine. The country is determined to fight to reclaim all land that was captured by Russian forces.

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The governor was asked if it would increase the risk of a Russian nuclear attack. He replied: “This possibility must be considered. I will repeat myself. We must be prepared and Russia must understand that such a step could plunge them into an abyss long before they actually act.”

He also mentioned the danger of chemical and other banned weapons of mass destruction.

The governor stated that efforts have been ongoing to evacuate people from the front lines to lessen their exposure to such threats for a long time.

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He stated that Ukraine was strengthening its defenses in Donetsk to stop Russian advances, and counter-attacking Russian-controlled territory.

These battles are taking place on two fronts in the Donetsk region.

Russia is pursuing Bakhmut, Ukraine’s city under its control. Meanwhile, Lyman, which is currently under Russian occupation by Ukrainian forces.

The Ukrainians are leveraging the momentum of a spectacular counter-offensive in the past four weeks, which reclaimed territory across the neighboring Kharkiv region. This panicked Russia and accelerated its annexation plans.

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When asked if he had any messages for President Putin, Mr Kyrylenko, who was wearing military fatigues due to the war, replied that he didn’t think it was necessary to send messages to “sick people”. Instead, he wants to talk to all Russians.

He stated that Russians had a choice.

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