On the 212th day of the full scale Russian military invasion of Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to capture the neighboring country’s settlements. The forces and units of the territorial defense of Ukraine resist aggression. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of both parties from independent sources. About 14 million Ukrainians have already left their homes, according to the UN. DW is watching behind developments Friday September 23 (Moscow time).
In the past three days Ukrainian troops captured beachheads on the east bank of the Oskol River in the Kharkiv . region, said the British Ministry of Defense in its daily summary. Russian troops tried to build a reinforced defense line here after their retreat in early September, British intelligence reports.
In the south, in the Donetsk region, fighting continues, with Ukrainian troops storming the city of Liman, which Russian forces captured in May, the report said. In general, the situation on the battlefield remains “difficult”, but Ukraine is now exerting pressure on the territory, the control over which Russia must fulfill its military objectives, the British department says.
Russians partially fit for military service (category “B” in the military ID) are subject to mobilization“But they will be the last to be called up,” said Yevgeny Fuzhenko, military commissar for the Irkutsk region, quoted by Ircity. Category “B” is given to those who have not served in the military due to health problems.
The so-called “referenda” began in the Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine on the accession of regions to the Russian Federation. “Polling stations” have been opened in the “DPR”, “LPR”, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. “Voting” in all areas lasts until September 27.
During mobilization, the age qualifications and conditions announced by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation are not observed, says the head of the human rights organization “Agora” Pavel Chikov, citing reports from the Russians who received the subpoena. Notably, a 63-year-old colonel was subpoenaed in Moscow, a 60-year-old sergeant was subpoenaed in Samara, a 49-year-old man who had never served in Yakutia was drafted, and in Buryatia were drafted en masse, including 60-year-olds , writes Chikov.
Russia held massive prisoner exchange with Ukraine on the day of the announcement of the mobilization, most likely with the aim of downplaying the importance of this exchange, experts believe that American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). They note that the Kremlin’s tough approach to mobilization is fueling public anger and mistrust across Russia. Far-right Russian bloggers criticized the exchange, asking whether the Kremlin had renounced the “denazification” of Ukraine, one of the stated goals of the Russian invasion.
After Putin’s Threat to Use Nuclear Weapons EU countries decided to speed up the decision on the “price cap” on Russian oil, the agency writes Bloomberg with reference to sources in the European Commission. According to this data, the oil price cap could become part of a new package of sanctions against the Kremlin, although there is no common position between EU countries on the definition of a price cap and how to set it.
BEE region of Sumy In the past day, 11 attacks were registered, in total about 130 shells were fired on its territory. The communities of Shaliginskaya, Velikopisarevskaya, Belopolskaya, Krasnopolskaya, Znob-Novgorodskaya, Esmanskaya, Khotynskaya, Yunakovskaya, Seredino-Budskaya and Miropolskaya were under fire from Russian troops, informed head of the regional military administration Dmitry Zhivitsky. Four people were injured as a result of the shelling. In addition, two dozen houses and 7 cars were damaged. Two businesses, a school, a kindergarten and a rural culture house were also damaged. The power supply in the communities was interrupted, but has now been restored.
Mobilization will not be carried out in Chechnya, said the head of the republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, on the airwaves of the television and radio company Grozny. He explained this by saying that during the war in Ukraine, Chechnya exceeded a certain “launched plan” by 254 percent. According to Kadyrov, 20,000 Chechnya residents have taken part in the hostilities since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine. At the same time, he promised to send women “to the front lines” who will go to an anti-war rally, or their husbands and all the children.
Russian troops released in Zaporozhye about 10 shells, some hit the infrastructure of the city. “Information is being provided on the casualties and destruction,” Oleksandr Starukh, chairman of the Zaporozhye Regional Military Administration, said on his Telegram channel. He urged the townspeople to stay in the air raid shelters during the air raid.
Volodymyr Zelensky called on Germany to “be an example to all other states, and not vice versa” on the issue of arms supplies to Ukraine. “If you don’t want to give us – listen, no offense, you’re an independent state – don’t give it. But don’t try to say, ‘First America, then Germany, then there will be Poland, and the like.’ Not necessary. Everyone should be responsible for themselves,” Ukraine’s president said in a statement video interview to the German portal Bild. In response to a question about Germany’s refusal to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine, he stressed that the tanks alone would not end the war that Russia had unleashed against its country, and that if the FRG were prepared to of Ukrainians, it must deliver armored vehicles to Ukraine. “Armoured vehicles for us are a matter of survival for Ukrainians. These are not just tanks, these are also Matadors (anti-tank grenade launchers. – Ed.), these are armored vehicles that are in Germany, what we really want and ask Scholz (German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. – Ed.)”, recalls Zelensky. According to him, the IRIS-T air defense systems by themselves will not help to win the war. “This is not a weapon that you can win with … When we talk about victory, we do not have only need more destructive weapons,” stressed the head of state.
Ukraine has been officially invited to participate in first meeting of the “European Political Community” in Prague on October 6 reported the American television channel CNN with reference to a high-ranking representative of the European Union. According to the official, the ‘European Political Community’ is ‘a platform for the political coordination of European countries across the continent’. The aim of the meeting in the Czech capital is to promote “political dialogue and cooperation to resolve issues of common interest and strengthen the security, stability and prosperity of the European continent”. All European countries are invited to the summit, except Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. It is planned to hold a series of roundtables devoted to “peace and security, energy and climate, the economic situation, migration and mobility”.
Arrested in Ukraine “Putin’s godfather” – Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who became a participant in the prisoner of war exchange, although he did not participate in hostilitiesthe FSB was needed, explained Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov. According to him, “this is the person through whom went the funding of many intelligence networks” and “filling the secret budget of the FSB”, which is why the Kremlin has “fought for him” so much. As a result of the exchange, in which Medvedchuk was handed over to Russia, 215 prisoners returned to Ukraine.
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