‘The more successful the Ukraine is against Russia, the more likely Putin is to go scorched Earth’: Lindsey Graham praises Zelensky and Ukrainians but believes Russian president will only double-down on efforts to take Kyiv
- Graham, 66, told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that any gains the Ukrainians and President Volodymyr Zelensky have made will only make Putin double down
- I’m in awe of the Ukrainian people,’ Graham said. ‘I have never seen a leader rise to the occasion more than President Zelensky has done’
- ‘But the more successful the Ukraine is against Russia, the more likely Putin is to go scorched Earth,’ he added
- His solution is that Americans should stop buying Russian oil and gas for the United States to make more of its own
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said in an interview Saturday that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin will go ‘scorched earth’ on Ukraine if its forces successful resistance continues.
Graham, 66, told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that any gains the Ukrainians and President Volodymyr Zelensky have made will only make Putin double-down.
‘I’m in awe of the Ukrainian people,’ Graham said. ‘I have never seen a leader rise to the occasion more than President Zelensky has done. I’m in awe of all of the men and women of Ukraine who are literally willing to die for their freedom.’
‘But the more successful the Ukraine is against Russia, the more likely Putin is to go scorched Earth,’ he added.
His solution is that Americans should stop buying Russian oil and gas for the United States to make more of its own.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham speaking with Brian Kilmeade Saturday night
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) decorates businessman Arkady Rotenberg with the Hero of Labour medal
Zakhar Leshchyshyn, a Ukrainian serviceman, listens to artillery shots standing in a trench on a position at the line of separation between Ukraine-held territory and rebel-held territory near Zolote
‘Never in the history of the world has a bad guy been so exposed as Putin is right now,’ the fifth-term senator said. ‘Their entire economy in Russia depends on the oil and gas sector. How about this idea? Shut it off.’
He said that he wants to help the Biden administration through the crisis, but asks that they help themselves first.
‘We should have as much will to produce oil and gas to help our economy and our allies as the Ukrainians do to stand up to a Russian tank,’ Graham said. ‘The single best thing we could do is to stop the oil and gas sector in Russia from thriving and increase oil and gas production in America to help our own.’
He added that when ‘it comes to Putin, you pay now or you pay later’ and suggested the country get every C-17 available to fly food, fuel and ammunition to Poland to get into Ukraine and help them fight the Russians.
On Saturday, perhaps proving Graham’s point, Putin deployed a multiple rocket launcher system which ‘sucks the air out of its victims’ into Ukraine as his war of occupation intensifies.
The TOS-1 Buratino fires fuel-air ‘thermobaric’ rockets which, when they explode, consume all oxygen in the blast zone, killing everyone in the area.
Victims can appear to have no visible external injuries but will have suffered massive internal damage.
The weapon is based on the Soviet-era T-72 main battle tank with the main turret removed and replaces with a rocket launcher system holding 30, 8.5-inch rockets.
The TOS-1 Buratino multiple rocket launcher, pictured here in June 2020 during Moscow’s Victory Day military parade, is believed to have been deployed in Ukraine
The weapon system can fire 30-8.5inch rockets within 15 seconds. The thermobaric rockets have a range of approximately two miles with each warhead causing a 1,000-ft diameter blast zone
The TOS-1A Buratino multiple rocket launcher system can fire 30 thermobaric projectiles in 15 seconds devastating a 1,000ft-wide blast zone
The system was developed in the mid-1980s and the unguided rockets have a two-mile range.
Witnesses claim to have seen the weapon system crossing into Ukraine from Belarus, possibly heading towards Kyiv.
The indiscriminate weapon is very effective against people and lightly-armoured vehicles causing devastation within a 1,000ft diameter area.
Russians describe the TOS-1 Buratino as a ‘flamethrower’ but military experts say it fires a ‘wall of napalm towards its victims.
Zelensky today pledged to ‘destroy the occupiers’ as he said his country’s army had successfully repelled Russian forces advancing on Kyiv.
Ukraine’s president Volodmyr Zelensky today claimed the country’s army has successfully repelled Russian forces advancing on Kyiv and is in control of the capital after a night of brutal fighting that saw terrified residents seeking shelter underground
Kyiv: A police vehicle is seen patrolling the streets as a curfew is imposed from Saturday 5pm to Monday 8am local time
Ukrainian soldiers take positions outside a military facility as two cars burn, in a street in Kyiv, Ukraine today
In a video message to the besieged nation, Zelensky accused the Kremlin of attempting to seize the capital, overthrow the government and install a ‘puppet’ regime ‘like in Donetsk’, one of two separatist regions which warmonger Vladimir Putin officially recognised before launching an all-out invasion.
Declaring ‘we broke their idea’, he added: ‘The fights are going on in many cities and areas of our state. But we know that we are protecting the country, the land, the future of our children. Kyiv and key cities around the capital are controlled by our army.
‘Each Ukrainian should keep one thing in mind: if you can stop and destroy the occupiers – do it. Everyone who can come back to Ukraine – come back to defend Ukraine.’
Meanwhile, a curfew in Kyiv has been imposed until 8am on Monday to ensure the most effective defence of the city and the safety of its people. A previous daily curfew had run from 10pm to 7am.
Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said: ‘All civilians on the street during the curfew will be considered members of the enemy’s sabotage and reconnaissance groups.’
It comes after a high-rise apartment block in Kyiv was hit by a devastating missile this morning, while Ukraine’s civilian death toll hit 198.
Britain’s Ministry of Defence said the bulk of Russian forces involved in the advance on Kyiv were now 30 km (19 miles) from the city centre.
‘Russia has yet to gain control of the airspace over Ukraine greatly reducing the effectiveness of the Russian Air Force,’ the defence ministry said in an intelligence update posted on Twitter.
But armed forces minister James Heappey said today there was no reason to think a ‘happy ending is just around the corner’ as he warned the conflict could rumble on for months.
He told BBC Breakfast: ‘Nobody should think that this is anywhere near over. What stands in front of Ukraine, its armed forces and very tragically its people, is days, weeks, months more of what we have seen over that last 48 hours.’
As Ukrainian forces said they had fought off a Russian attack on their capital today, Zelensky vowed to stay and fight on in an impassioned video to his people.
‘I am here. We will not lay down any weapons. We will defend our state, because our weapons are our truth,’ he said outside his office, denouncing as disinformation claims that he had surrendered or fled.
Wearing military garb the president added: ‘A lot of fake information has appeared on the internet saying that I allegedly called on our army to lay down its arms and that evacuation is underway.
‘Our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children and we will protect all of this. This is what I wanted to tell you. Glory to Ukraine!’
Shocking footage today showed a missile ripping apart a tower block near Zhuliany airport, while CCTV from inside also shows the extent of the damage after the site was hit.
Images show the building with a hole covering at least five floors blasted into the side and rubble strewn across the street below. Two people are reported to have been killed in the strike.
Anton Herashchenko also said Russia was lying about not shelling civilian infrastructure, claiming at least 40 such sites had been hit. Ukraine reported later on Saturday 19 people had been killed in shelling in the country’s east.
These civilian deaths were reported on top of 198 reported earlier today, bringing the total to 219 – including three children – that have been killed so far by Russian forces attacking the country.
Ukraine’s health minister said today, while around 1,200- including 33 children – have been wounded.
Source: Read Full Article