On the 219th day of a large-scale army Russian 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. Check the statements of representatives of both parties conflict not possible according to independent sources. About 14 million Ukrainians have already left their homes, according to the UN. DW will follow the developments on Tuesday September 20 (Moscow time).
The “head of administration” of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, appointed by the occupying forces, announced the decision hold a “referendum” on the region’s accession to the Russian Federation. The exact date of the Balance did not give, but he refers to the initiative of the “Public Council” of the region to hold the event “immediately”.
At the same time, the occupying “administration” of the Zaporozhye region announced the start of a “congress of the inhabitants of the Zaporozhye region”, discussing the holding of a similar “referendum”.
Russians in reserve required to participate in military trainingand failure to appear on them will be equated with “unauthorized leaving the place of service”, which in the terms of “martial law” is punishable by imprisonment of up to ten years, follows from the amendments to the legislation, which were dealt with by the State Duma on 20 September in its second reading.
At the same time, despite only the second reading of the bill, Senator Klishas said that the Federation Council of the Russian Federation is ready to consider these changes as early as September 21.
The lower house of the Russian parliament on Monday made a pack of changes in bill amending the Criminal Code of the Russian Federationadopted at first reading in July. The second and possibly third reading is expected on Tuesday. The amendments introduce a whole series of new articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: “voluntary surrender” (Article 352.1) and “looting” (Article 356.1). In particular, surrender is threatened with a prison sentence of 3 to 10 years, if there are no signs of high treason. For looting – up to 15 years in prison. The list of aggravating circumstances includes committing a crime “in the period of mobilization or martial law, in time of war” (Article 63.). Lawyer Pavel Chikov drew attention to the changes in his Telegram channel.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that the end of the war in Ukraine is possible only with the return of its territorycaptured by Russia. “If we talk about restoring peace in Ukraine, the return of the occupied countries should be a very important task. This is what is expected, what is needed … The seized lands are returned to Ukraine“, – Erdogan answered a question in an interview with the American PBS television channel. In the same interview, the Turkish president noted that he spoke about this with his Russian counterpart at the SCO summit, and according to him: “Putin wants to end the war end as soon as possible.”
“We stand firmly on the side of Ukraine and we will continue to support her with whatever it takes to end the war and the immeasurable suffering of the people of Ukraine,” she said. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock ahead of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, which begins Tuesday in New York. According to gnomeparticipants will discuss, among other things, the need to investigate “terrible crimes committed in the name of Russia in Ukraine”, as well as the situation surrounding Ukrainian nuclear power plants, “which Russia uses as a bargaining chip in the war, causing a catastrophe for millions of people every day is tolerated”.
According to British Military Intelligence the command of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation has “almost certainly redeployed Kilo-class submarines” from their home port of Sevastopol in Crimea to Novorossiysk in the Krasnodar Territory.” This is the collective NATO designation for the Russian submarines “Halibut” and “Varshavyanka”. Its connection with the strengthening of Ukraine’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes In the past two months, the fleet headquarters and the main naval airfield have been attacked,” the 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.”
Through Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin wants to end the war as soon as possible in Ukraine. “He informed me that he was ready to put an end to this as soon as possible. This is my impression, as the situation is developing quite problematic,” the Turkish president said in an interview with American television channel PBS after the end of the campaign. the SCO summit in Samarkand. “This is the conflict that has led to the loss of life. People die and in the end no one wins.” Erdogan also said Moscow and Kiev had reached an agreement on the exchange of 200 prisoners.
Ukrainian army repelled Russian attacks in the area of four settlementssays in Operational Summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the day, units of the armed forces of Ukraine repulsed enemy attacks in the areas of the settlements of Mayorsk, Vesele, Kurdyumivka and Novomykhailivka, the General Staff reported. Ukrainian military aviation is also alleged to have hit 24 concentration areas of enemy manpower and military equipment, 4 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems and an ammunition depot in the past day.
fictitious “referendums” in the occupied territories of Ukraine will not change anything from the point of view of international law, Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President Mikhail Podolyak on Twitter microblog. “Russian propagandists are in love with ‘referendums’ as a panacea. There is bad news for them. There is a global consensus and international law. Absolutely: Donetsk, Luhansk, Crimea are Ukraine. All attempts to repaint the flags are fiction, this will not change anything for us, not for partners,” Podolyak emphasized.
According to Russian military correspondent Semyon Pegov, Ukraine’s armed forces are actively attacking the city Red Estuary in the Donetsk region. The day before, Aleksey Arestovich, an adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, said the capture of the city could open up operational space for units of Ukraine’s armed forces.
Finland may change national laws to prevent Russians from entering the country. The corresponding proposal has been made Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Peyusti. At present, the Finnish authorities believe that the complete cessation of the issuing of tourist visas for Russians or a total ban on entry into the country for Russian nationals may violate EU law.
Western countries are unlikely to supply fighter jets to Ukraine sooner than two to three years after the relevant political decision has been taken. This was stated by the commander of the US Air Force in Europe and Africa, General James Hecker, Politicians report.. He clarified that such an assessment is motivated by logistical reasons and the need to train pilots first. According to the general, the fighting in Ukraine is likely to last for years, not months.
EU foreign ministers discussed establishing a mission to provide military assistance to Ukraine, said the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. An informal meeting was held in New York. According to the diplomat, a decision on the mission could be taken at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in October. He indicated that this decision should be agreed with the Ukrainian side.
In 2023, the amount that Britain will allocate in support of Ukraine in the war against Russia will be at least 2.3 billion pounds (in terms of: 2.6 billion euros). According to the newspaper The Financial TimesUnited Kingdom’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, plans to announce this in New York, where she will attend the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
Minister of the Interior and Administration of Poland Mariusz Kaminski signed a decree on tightening the rules for the entry of citizens of the Russian Federation into Poland. “Only comprehensive, harsh sanctions can have a decisive impact on Putin’s regime,” he stressed on Twitter. According to Kaminsky, the tightening of rules for the entry of Russians is the result of agreements between Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
because damage to the power line Kherson region stopped receiving electricity from Zaporizhzhya NPP and Zaporizhzhya CHPP, reports in Telegram pro-Russian “authorities” of the region. It is noted that the Kherson region is now disconnected from Ukraine’s energy networks.
Delegation right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) is planning to visit eastern Ukraine. The data protection agency reports this with reference to the AfD faction in the Landtag of Saxony-Anhalt. It is stated that the purpose of the politicians’ trip to Ukraine is to “gain their own picture of the humanitarian situation”.
Meanwhile, the ambassador of Ukraine has been recalled from Berlin to his homeland Andrey Melnik said on Twitter that representatives of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia will also be among the deputies who will be visiting eastern Ukraine. In his opinion, trip of representatives of the AfD to the territory of Ukraineunder the occupation of Russia will be an expression of their “support for this destructive war”.
Barriers to Export Russian fertilizersthat are not subject to sanctions should be eliminated. About the said the UN Secretary General António Guterres in an interview with Die Zeit. “If we fail to normalize the fertilizer market, we will face shortages by 2023,” he warned.
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