Russia claims seizure of major Ukrainian stronghold — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

A senior Ukrainian official previously admitted that Liman in the Donetsk region fell

Russian forces along with those of the Donetsk People’s Republic have taken control of the Ukrainian town of Liman, the Russian Defense Ministry has claimed. On Thursday, Alexey Arestovich, a key adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, admitted during a livestream that Ukrainian forces had lost the city.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced on Saturday that Liman had been “fully liberated from Ukrainian nationalists”.

Just before Ukraine admitted Liman’s downfall, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba described the situation in Donbass as “extremely bad” for Ukrainian forces during his meeting with Western allies at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, meanwhile, hinted in a WEF video call that he may now be willing to sit down for negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

While describing the Russian head of state as delusional, Zelensky noted that he was still the only Russian official to talk to. According to the Ukrainian president, if Putin “is able to achieve” what Zelensky called reality, “So probably we can try to go the diplomatic route, unless it’s too late.”

Asked about Zelensky’s latest statement, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow doubted Ukraine’s leadership was truly willing to negotiate peace. The Russian official pointed out that “The talks were frozen after a decision taken by and in accordance with the position of the Ukrainian side.”

Peskov also claimed that senior Ukrainian officials used to constantly do “Statements that contradict each other, making it impossible to fully understand [their] intentions and if [they are] ready to take a sober approach and recognize the real situation.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening, the Ukrainian president’s office released a video address by Zelensky in which he comments on the latest advances by Russian forces. However, the president insisted that “Donbass will be Ukrainian” vowing to take back the region by force.

Russia warns US of ‘global security consequences’

Zelensky’s speech coincided with reports in several US media outlets claiming that the Biden administration had given the go-ahead to deliver US-made long-range multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine. kyiv had long sought the M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS systems from its American allies, arguing that the weapons could help turn the tide amid Russia’s offensive in Donbass.

In an interview published by Bloomberg on Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also called on Ukraine’s allies to supply kyiv with the M270 MLRS, which he believed was the weapon that could help the Ukrainian military. “Defend against this very brutal Russian artillery, and that’s where the world needs to go.” Johnson, however, refrained from pawning any of the British Army-possessed MLRS.

Russia’s Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, meanwhile, warned Washington against supplying kyiv with missile systems that could be used to strike Russian territory.

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