Germany does not recognize the results of “referenda” – DW – 20.09.2022

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On the 219th 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 sides of the conflict from independent sources. About 14 million Ukrainians have already left their homes, according to the UN. DW keeps following developments Tuesday September 20 (Moscow time).


Finland recommended for Schengen countries cancel the visas of Russians who are refused entryreported on the website of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The department sent a corresponding letter to the European Commission. According to the ministry, this move will help prevent Russians who have been refused entry at the border of one Schengen country from trying to enter the community through another, and such a measure will contribute to achieving “a unified EU position on to visa restrictions for Russian citizens.”

Scholz: Germany does not recognize “referenda” in Ukraine’s occupied regions


Germany will not recognize the results of the “referenda” in the occupied territories of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview with reporters in New York, where the 77th session of the UN General Assembly is being held. According to him, “it is absolutely clear that these fictitious “referendums” are unacceptable”, and that the conditions for holding them are not in accordance with international law and the agreements made by the international community.


Prisoners in Russia forced to “vote” for the annexation of the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federationdespite the fact that the “referendums” have not yet officially started, reports Telegram Channel “We can explain it” from sources in at least two colonies in the Rostov region. According to media reports, the colonies’ administrations have been forced to “vote” mainly prisoners with Ukrainian passports, but the process is planned to be extended to other people serving sentences.


The Roscosmos delegation did not come to the 73rd International Astronautical Congress in Paris because: has not indicated that he wishes to participate in the event, the press service of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at a briefing. Earlier, representatives of the Russian company said they missed the annual event, attended by the heads of national space agencies, because the members of the delegation were not given visas. However, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that Russia had not applied to receive any documents for this.


Ukrainian defenders by the end of the year they can push back the occupier in the Lugansk region about the positions that existed on Feb. 23, former commander of US forces in Europe, retired Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, said in an interview “RBC Ukraine”. According to the army, after the counter-offensive by Ukraine’s armed forces, the leadership of the Russian Federation is thinking about how to withdraw troops from the Kherson region without turning it into a “panic withdrawal”, and Ukrainian troops will be able to continue to fight the invaders under pressure and prevent them from regrouping.”


Neither false “referendums” nor hybrid “mobilization” will change Russia’s positionindicated on Twitter Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. According to him, the Russian Federation will be “as it was and will remain an aggressor state, illegally occupying part of the Ukrainian land”, and Ukraine will continue to liberate its occupied territories, “no matter what they say in Russia.”


Moscow Exchange Index collapsed by 2300 points after news of holding “referendums” in the occupied territories of Ukraine, Interfax reports. The most notable stock declines occurred in companies such as TCS Group (-13.7%), OZON (-11.7%), Polymetal (-11.6%), NOVATEK (-11.3%), ” Yandex (-10.8%) , Gazprom Neft (-10.1%) The publication links the price jumps to geopolitical risks resulting from the planned accession of the occupied regions of Ukraine to Russia.


authorities in Moscow organizing “infrastructure” for the recruitment of foreigners into the armed forces of the Russian Federation at the Sakharovo Migration Center, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. According to him, city services will “do whatever it takes to make contracting as easy as possible” for those who want it. Sobyanin referred to a law previously passed by the State Duma of the Russian Federation, according to which migrants can obtain Russian citizenship if they enlist in the Russian forces.


Head of the Cabinet of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak called “naive blackmail” the rapid intensification of efforts to hold “referendums” in the occupied territories of Ukraine. He noted that simultaneously with the news of the “referendums” in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, amendments to the legislation were passed, including the definition of “mobilization”, calling these actions “fear of defeat”. “The threat can only be eliminated by force”, – wrote Ermak in his Telegram channel.


The “administrations” of two regions of Ukraine – the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions – appointed by the occupying forces, as well as the authorities of the self-proclaimed “DPR” and “LPR” almost simultaneously announced the decision to hold the so-called “refenda” on accession to the Russian Federation.

Events in all four regions will take place from September 23 to 27. Kirill Stremousov, a representative of the occupying “administration” of the Kherson region, noted that the “vote” would also be electronic.


One of the tombs found in IyuzmaPhoto: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP/dpa/photo alliance

Ukraine daily captures new evidence of war crimescommitted by the troops of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Kharkiv region, which were liberated in early September during the counter-offensive of the armed forces of Ukraine. That said Andriy Kostin, Attorney General of Ukraine, in an interview with Fox News.

According to him, more than 10 places have been found in the unoccupied cities where people were tortured, including with electric shocks. The official called on the international community to set up a tribunal to investigate war crimes and bring those responsible to justice.

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