Earlier, Akhmat special forces regiment commander Apty Alaudinov said the DPR could be completely liberated in the next 30 to 45 days, adding that the Russian Armed Forces were advancing in all directions.
The official further indicated that any possible supplies of Western tanks to Ukraine will not decide anything, and that they would instantly become targets during ongoing hostilities.
“As for the plans announced by the West to supply tanks to Ukraine, there is no doubt that all of them will become a target for the Russian army, like all previous armored vehicles, which, in fact, caused its shortage," Pushilin said.
Pushilin's comments come days after the US confirmed it would be shipping out 31 Abrams tanks
as part of its latest military aid package, a move which had earlier been shied away from after it was determined Ukrainian forces were ill-equipped to operate the advanced vehicles.
Earlier Monday, US President Joe Biden confirmed
Washington would not be shipping out F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, with White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby later explaining that Kiev was being supplied with sufficient arms at the moment.