By Telegraph staff reporters
Ben Wallace has warned of more Russian “cannon fodder” following the loss of the strategic key city of Kherson in the south of Ukraine.
Mr Wallace said Russia will be worried and disappointed by the loss of the city but urged “caution” in light of the celebrations over Moscow’s withdrawel.
“History will remind you that Russia can be brutal to their own,” he said.
“If they need more cannon fodder, that is what they’ll be doing.”
His comments come as Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian troops are withstanding “hell” in the eastern Donetsk region, where Russia has ramped up the fight after abandoning Kherson.
“There it is just hell – there are extremely fierce battles there every day,” Mr Zelensky said. “But our units are defending bravely – they are withstanding the terrible pressure of the invaders, preserving our defence lines.”
The Ukrainian leader said that before fleeing Kherson, Russian forces “destroyed all the critical infrastructure: communications, water, heat, electricity,” he added.