On the 210th day of 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 continues follow developments Wednesday September 21 (Moscow time).
US President Joe Biden accused Russia of violating the basic principles of United Nations membership by invading Ukraine. “Permanent Member United Nations Security Council invaded a neighboring country, attempted to erase a sovereign state from the map. Russia has blatantly violated key provisions of the UN Charter,” Biden said at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly. The US leader called Moscow’s threats to use nuclear weapons “irresponsible”. , noting that no one threatened Russia despite his claims to the contrary, and assured Ukraine continued support from the United States.
President Vladimir Putin will not win the war in Ukraine, despite his decree on partial mobilization in Russia, said: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, called the Russian leader’s threats to use nuclear weapons “dangerous and reckless rhetoric”. In an interview with Reuters, Stoltenberg said Putin’s actions showed that “the war is not going according to his plans” and that he has made a “major miscalculation”. “An increase in the number of troops will lead to an escalation of the conflict. This will lead to more suffering and more loss of life – both among Ukrainians and Russians,” he said.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Olaf Scholz) called “an act of despair” announcement of partial mobilization in Russia and holding of so-called “referendums” in the territories of Ukraine occupied by the Russian Federation. Speaking to reporters in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Scholz said Russia “cannot win this criminal war” and the president Vladimir Putin “With his latest decisions, he has only made the situation worse.” According to the chancellor, Putin “completely underestimated from the outset the Ukrainians’ will to resist,” as well as the “unity and determination” of Kiev’s allies.
Roskomnadzor threatened to block the media from spreading information about mobilization in the Russian Federation that was not obtained from official sources. When preparing materials on mobilization, one should “use information and data obtained only from federal and regional executive authorities”, the message from Roskomnadzor. The dissemination of “false information”, as the department recalls, carries with it responsibility under the article on the abuse of the freedom of the mass media and the Internet – the immediate blocking of material.
The mobilization and nuclear threats announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin “will not help the aggressor in its desire to conquer and destroy Ukraine and Ukrainians,” I am sure. Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko. “The tyrant has finally launched processes in his country that will bury him,” Klitschko wrote in his Telegram channel. In light of this, he noted that it is impossible to hold anything peace talks with Russia. “The civilized world must finally understand that evil must be eradicated radically, and not talk about ghostly ‘peace talks,'” Klitschko wrote.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky does not believe that Russian leader Vladimir Putin will apply nuclear weapon. “I don’t believe he will use these weapons. I don’t believe the world will allow him to use these weapons,” Zelensky said in a statement. interview with Bild. At the same time, he acknowledged that there are risks in this case. “We can’t look inside this man’s head,” Zelensky said, urging, however, not to succumb to Putin’s threats.
Petition against mobilization in Russialaunched by the “Soft Power” movement on the website change.orgalready scored more than 230 thousand signatures. “We, the citizens of Russia, women and men, are against general and partial mobilization. President Vladimir Putin has and cannot have legal, weighted and reasoned reasons for announcing it. In the current situation of uncertainty, we are not ready to the either moral, moral or physical danger of the men of our country – brothers, sons, husbands, fathers and grandfathers,” the document reads. The petition was launched in the spring amid rumors of a possible mobilization. On the morning of Sept. 21, shortly after Putin announced mobilization in the country, it had about 60,000 signatures, Meduza points out.
Oppositionist Alexei Navalny commented on reports of the mobilization announced in Russia at a court hearing in Kovrov, where his complaints against strict regime colonies no. 6 in the Vladimir region. The video of the politician’s speech was published on Twitter by his press secretary Kira Yarmysh. “The most important thing is already clear that the criminal war of aggression that is going on is getting worse,” Navalny said, leading to huge tragedies, a huge number of deaths, and certainly nothing good.
Kovrov’s court dismissed Navalny’s complaints against the colony, Mediazona reports, citing its correspondents.
At a government press conference on Wednesday, German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Sasse was sympathetic to DW’s question about potential possibility of free entry to Germany for Russianswho refuse to follow the call and turn into cannon fodder. So far, the German Foreign Ministry does not know exactly what the specific consequences of Putin’s decree will be, who will be affected by the mobilization, how many Russian citizens will be called up. “What exactly is planned, of course, only the Russian regime knows,” Sasse said, “but you can be sure that we will monitor the situation closely and draw appropriate conclusions.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial mobilization in the country, along with plans for “referenda” on joining the Russian Federation Ukrainian territories conquered, shows Russian leadership’s “despair” over military failures in Ukraine, says EU Foreign Service Spokesperson Peter Stano. “This is yet another proof that Putin is not interested in peace, that he is interested in escalating his war of aggression. This is also another sign of his despair at the way his aggression against Ukraine is progressing.” Stano noted that Moscow’s attempts to justify the annexation of the Ukrainian-occupied regions would have consequences. Which one, he didn’t specify.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Olaf Scholz) is sure that the reason for the announcement of partial mobilization in the Russian Federation are failures of the Russian army in Ukraine. “This is a visible sign that Ukraine is defending its territorial integrity and sovereignty very effectively, not least because of the large-scale and serious support from many countries of the world, especially from Germany,” Scholz said.
The decision to mobilize in Russia is a step towards “further escalation of this military aggression against Ukraine, in violation of international law,” he said. German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck (Robert Habeck). According to him, this is a “terrible and wrong move” by the Kremlin. Habek stressed that Berlin “will of course continue with extensive support Ukraine“.
Latvia will not issue humanitarian and other types of visas to Russian citizens who abstain mobilization, the head of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Edgar Rinkevich, said on Twitter. He explained that such a decision was made for security reasons. According to Rinkevich, Latvia also does not intend to border crossing restrictions for Russians with a Schengen visa.
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