main events of the 209th day of the war – DW – 09-20-2022

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On the 209th day of the full scale Russian military invasion of UkraineOn Tuesday, September 20, Russian forces continued to try to control the captured settlements of the neighboring country, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) and its territorial defense units still resisted the aggression. In the south and east of Ukraine, the counter-offensive by Ukrainian troops continues. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of the warring parties from independent sources.

Dates of “referendums” in occupied territories of Ukraine

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 “referenda” on accession to Russia.

Events will take place in all four regions from September 23 to 27. Representative of the occupation “administration” Kherson region Kirill Stremousov noted that “voting” will also be electronic.

Although the “referendums” have not yet officially started, prisoners in Russia are already being forced to “vote” for the annexation of the occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, the We Can Explain Telegram station reported, with sources in at least two colonies in the Rostov region. According to media reports, the colonies’ administrations are forced to “vote” in the first place prisoners with passports from Ukraine, but it is planned to extend this process to other people serving sentences.

The Russian stock market ended trading with a record collapse since February

News of the holding of “referendums” in the occupied Ukrainian territories caused a record collapse in the Russian stock market with february this yearwhen the Russian army launched a military invasion of Ukraine. As a result of trading on September 20, the Moscow Exchange index was about 2,216 points, which is nearly 9 percent lower than the previous day’s closing price. The RTS index fell 9.3 percent to about 1154 points. The prices of the majority of “blue chips” on the Moscow Exchange fell within 12.3 percent.

In Kiev they said that fictitious “referendums” will not change anything

The Ukrainian authorities commented on the plans of the occupying “authorities” to hold a “vote” this week on joining the Russian Federation in the “DPR”, “LPR”, Zaporozhye and Kherson, saying that these actions will not change anything. . for Kiev from the point of view of international law.

The head of the cabinet of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, called the rapid intensification of efforts to hold “referendums” in the occupied territories of Ukraine “naive blackmail”. He noted that simultaneously with the news of the “vote” 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,” Yermak wrote on his Telegram channel.

Neither false “referendums” nor hybrid “mobilization” will change Russia’s position, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said on Twitter. 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.”

The West does not recognize “referenda” in the occupied territories of Ukraine

Germany will not recognize the results of “referendums” 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 taking place. 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.

In a comment by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, ‘referendums’ are also referred to as fictitious. According to Stoltenberg, “they have no legitimacy and do not change the nature of Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine.” “This is a further escalation of Putin’s war. The international community must condemn this flagrant violation of international law and strengthen support for Ukraine,” the NATO head stressed.

Moscow’s plans to hold a “vote” in parts of Ukraine occupied by Russian forces have also drawn sharp criticism from the United States. “The United States will never recognize Russian claims to annexed parts of Ukraine. We will never recognize this area as anything other than part of Ukraine. We unequivocally reject Russia’s actions,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters in Washington. He called the upcoming vote “an attack on the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity that underlie the international system”. According to Sullivan, it is obvious that the results are falsified.

French President Emmanuel Macron, for his part, said “referendums” on the accession of the occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation would not be recognized by the international community, calling these plans “cynical and parody”. “If the idea of ​​a referendum in Donbass wasn’t so tragic, it would be ridiculous,” he told reporters in New York. Macron noted that the proposal to hold such a “vote” in eastern Ukraine is another provocation after the Russian invasion of the territory of a neighboring state. “I think what Russia has announced is a parody,” Macron said. “It is cynicism and it will clearly not be recognized by the international community.”

More than 10 torture sites found in unoccupied cities

Ukraine records new evidence every day 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.

Before the start of the regular session of the UN General Assembly, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock emphasized that: this meeting is different from the previous one, because it takes place against the background of a large-scale war in Ukraine. That is why New York will, among other things, discuss the investigation into “terrible crimes committed in Ukraine on behalf of Russia” and bring those responsible to justice. “We stand firmly on the side of Ukraine and will continue to support it – with whatever it takes to end the war and the immeasurable suffering of the people of Ukraine,” she said.

The head of the German foreign ministry has held Russia responsible for the crime committed the day before strike on the territory of the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant and said the UN General Assembly session will also discuss the situation at Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, which the Russian Federation is “using as a medium of exchange in this war” and “taking into account a possible catastrophe for millions of people.”

British intelligence: Russia moved submarines from Crimea

According to British military intelligence, the command of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation has “almost certainly submarines of the Kilo-class from the home port of Sevastopol to Crimea to Novorossiysk in the Krasnodar Territory.” This is NATO’s collective designation for the Russian submarines “Halibut” and “Varshavyanka”. Long-range attacks. In the past two months, the fleet headquarters and the main naval airfield have been attacked” , the British Ministry of Defense wrote on Twitter.

As further noted, the guarantee of the base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea was “in all likelihood one of the reasons that prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to annex this peninsula in 2014”, and now the security of his base “directly undermined by Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine.”

UK gives 2.6 billion euros in military aid to Ukraine

Prime Minister Liz Truss will take advantage of a visit to New York this week to reaffirm the UK’s commitment to Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity and announce that next year Britain to provide military aid to Ukraine at the same level or even more than in 2022,” said Liz Truss in a press release published on the UK government’s website on September 20 during her speech at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

The report notes that the United Kingdom has allocated 2.3 billion pounds (2.6 billion euros) to Kiev this year, making it “the second largest donor of military aid to Ukraine”. The exact nature of British military support in 2023 will be determined based on the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces. However, it is expected to include equipment such as multiple rocket launchers.

The State Duma of the Russian Federation has introduced the concepts of “mobilization” and “martial law” into the Criminal Code

The Russian Duma has passed amendments to: draft law amending the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, which introduce the concepts of “mobilization”, “wartime” and “martial law” into the Criminal Code. On September 20, the bill was considered and passed in its second reading, and then in its third, according to the State Duma’s website.

The bill for the second reading includes a number of new articles of the Criminal Code. In particular, we are talking about “Voluntary Surrender” (Article 352.1) and “Laundering” (Article 356.1). “Surrender of prisoner threatens from three to ten years in prison, if there are no signs of treason. For looting – up to 15 years in prison. The list of aggravating circumstances includes committing a crime “during the period of mobilization or martial law , in time of war” (Article 63),,” said Pavel Chikov, head of the Agora human rights organization, after reviewing the document. In addition, the document tightens the penalty for unauthorized abandonment of a unit during the period of mobilization and martial law (Article 337 of the Criminal Code), it will be 10 years in a colony.

UEFA did not allow Russia national football team to qualify for Euro 2024

The Russian national football team will not participate in the draw for the qualifying stage of Euro 2024 – a notice about this is on the official website of the Russian Football Federation (RFU). For example, Russian football players are not allowed to participate in the tournament. The RFU cites the official reason – adopted in February due to the Russian military invasion of Ukraine – “UEFA’s decision to suspend the performance of Russian teams and clubs in competitions under the auspices of the organization”, but indicates that it is this to challenge the ban. A previous attempt by the RFU to challenge UEFA’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne in July ended in failure.

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