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  •  No fewer than 40 leaders from all over Europe are expected in Prague on Thursday to attend the inaugural meeting of the European Political Community The aim of the new forum is to improve cooperation between European countries beyond the borders of the European Union like Britain Turkey including the countries of the Western Balkans and Caucasus region Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is set to attend in person while President Volodymyr Zelensky is due to join by video As well as wider economic woes leaders are to hold round table talks on climate change the energy crisis and the Russian invasion of Ukraine The discussions will be followed by bilateral meetings British Prime Minister Liz Truss is to discuss migration with the leaders of France and the Netherlands a statement from her Foreign Office said As representatives of both Armenia and Azerbaijan are expected to attend the meeting diplomatic efforts are ongoing to facilitate a meeting between the two an EU official said in Brussels The two ex Soviet republics have been in a stand off for decades over control of the territory of Nagorno Karabakh In 2020 fighting flared up Earlier in mid September an attack by Azerbaijan left more than 200 people dead on both sides On Friday the 27 EU states will hold an informal summit in Prague The talks which again are to be joined by Zelensky by video are expected to focus on the EU s support for Ukraine and the consequences of Russia s war on the bloc s economy and energy market Friday s gathering is not expected to deliver concrete results as it is viewed as preparation for another summit in Brussels later in October NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Over 40 European leaders gather to discuss security, energy issues
     No fewer than 40 leaders from all over Europe are expected in Prague on Thursday to attend the inaugural meeting of the European Political Community The aim of the new forum is to improve cooperation between European countries beyond the borders of the European Union like Britain Turkey including the countries of the Western Balkans and Caucasus region Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is set to attend in person while President Volodymyr Zelensky is due to join by video As well as wider economic woes leaders are to hold round table talks on climate change the energy crisis and the Russian invasion of Ukraine The discussions will be followed by bilateral meetings British Prime Minister Liz Truss is to discuss migration with the leaders of France and the Netherlands a statement from her Foreign Office said As representatives of both Armenia and Azerbaijan are expected to attend the meeting diplomatic efforts are ongoing to facilitate a meeting between the two an EU official said in Brussels The two ex Soviet republics have been in a stand off for decades over control of the territory of Nagorno Karabakh In 2020 fighting flared up Earlier in mid September an attack by Azerbaijan left more than 200 people dead on both sides On Friday the 27 EU states will hold an informal summit in Prague The talks which again are to be joined by Zelensky by video are expected to focus on the EU s support for Ukraine and the consequences of Russia s war on the bloc s economy and energy market Friday s gathering is not expected to deliver concrete results as it is viewed as preparation for another summit in Brussels later in October NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Over 40 European leaders gather to discuss security, energy issues
    Foreign1 day ago

    Over 40 European leaders gather to discuss security, energy issues

    No fewer than 40 leaders from all over Europe are expected in Prague on Thursday to attend the inaugural meeting of the European Political Community.

    The aim of the new forum is to improve cooperation between European countries beyond the borders of the European Union, like Britain, Turkey, including the countries of the Western Balkans and Caucasus region.

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is set to attend in person while President Volodymyr Zelensky is due to join by video.

    As well as wider economic woes, leaders are to hold round table talks on climate change, the energy crisis, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    The discussions will be followed by bilateral meetings.

    British Prime Minister Liz Truss is to discuss migration with the leaders of France and the Netherlands, a statement from her Foreign Office said.

    As representatives of both Armenia and Azerbaijan are expected to attend the meeting, diplomatic efforts are ongoing to facilitate a meeting between the two, an EU official said in Brussels.

    The two ex-Soviet republics have been in a stand-off for decades over control of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

    In 2020, fighting flared up.

    Earlier in mid-September, an attack by Azerbaijan left more than 200 people dead on both sides.

    On Friday, the 27 EU states will hold an informal summit in Prague.

    The talks, which again are to be joined by Zelensky by video, are expected to focus on the EU’s support for Ukraine and the consequences of Russia’s war on the bloc’s economy and energy market.

    Friday’s gathering is not expected to deliver concrete results, as it is viewed as preparation for another summit in Brussels later in October.


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  •  Russian President Vladimir Putin formalised the annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Wednesday amid major battlefield reversals in recent days The reversal led to shrinking the amount of seized territory Moscow controls Russia has escalated its seven month war with the annexation drive a military mobilisation and warnings of a possible recourse to nuclear weapons to protect all of its territories Putin now signed off on a law formally incorporating the four regions representing about 18 per cent of Ukraine s territory into Russia The state owned TASS news agency reported on Wednesday morning The Russian leader s signature was the final stage in the legislative process the two chambers of Russia s parliament had already ratified the plan Kyiv and its Western allies said Russia s attempted annexation was an illegal land grab and would never be recognised with Ukraine saying its army would recapture any territory occupied by Russian forces Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday night that his military had made major rapid advances against Russian forces in the past week This is taking back dozens of towns in regions in the south and east that Russia has declared annexed This week alone since the Russian pseudo referendum dozens of population centres have been liberated These are in Kherson Kharkiv Luhansk and Donetsk regions altogether Zelensky said Zelensky named eight small towns in Kherson in the south as recently having been recaptured Reuters could not independently verify his statements Russia did not fully control any of the four regions it claimed Donetsk Luhansk in eastern Ukraine Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in the south The Kremlin has said it has yet to determine the final borders of the annexed territory Andriy Yermak head of Zelenskiy s office reiterated the Ukrainian position on annexation Referring on Telegram to what he called a collective madhouse he said worthless decisions by a terrorist country were not worth the paper they were signed on Russian forces in the Donetsk and Kherson regions were forced to retreat in recent days they dug in at new positions where they hoped to halt the Ukrainian advance Zelensky said Ukraine had retaken territory in the rapid advance Moscow maps showed shrinking controlled areas as South Korea and the U S fire missiles into the sea to protest reckless North Korea test China has destroyed tacit agreement on Taiwan Strait minister Major UN powers question Pacific islanders called for nuclear legacy help This week alone since the Russian pseudo referendum dozens of population centres have been liberated These were in Kherson Kharkiv Luhansk and Donetsk regions altogether Zelensky said Zelensky named eight small towns in Kherson in the south as recently having been recaptured Reuters could not independently verify his statements Lyudmila 64 who sheltered for weeks in the basement of the Lavra monastery complex with other Ukrainians speaks to journalists outside the church in Svyatohirsk NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Putin gives final approval to Ukraine annexation plan amid retreats
     Russian President Vladimir Putin formalised the annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Wednesday amid major battlefield reversals in recent days The reversal led to shrinking the amount of seized territory Moscow controls Russia has escalated its seven month war with the annexation drive a military mobilisation and warnings of a possible recourse to nuclear weapons to protect all of its territories Putin now signed off on a law formally incorporating the four regions representing about 18 per cent of Ukraine s territory into Russia The state owned TASS news agency reported on Wednesday morning The Russian leader s signature was the final stage in the legislative process the two chambers of Russia s parliament had already ratified the plan Kyiv and its Western allies said Russia s attempted annexation was an illegal land grab and would never be recognised with Ukraine saying its army would recapture any territory occupied by Russian forces Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday night that his military had made major rapid advances against Russian forces in the past week This is taking back dozens of towns in regions in the south and east that Russia has declared annexed This week alone since the Russian pseudo referendum dozens of population centres have been liberated These are in Kherson Kharkiv Luhansk and Donetsk regions altogether Zelensky said Zelensky named eight small towns in Kherson in the south as recently having been recaptured Reuters could not independently verify his statements Russia did not fully control any of the four regions it claimed Donetsk Luhansk in eastern Ukraine Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in the south The Kremlin has said it has yet to determine the final borders of the annexed territory Andriy Yermak head of Zelenskiy s office reiterated the Ukrainian position on annexation Referring on Telegram to what he called a collective madhouse he said worthless decisions by a terrorist country were not worth the paper they were signed on Russian forces in the Donetsk and Kherson regions were forced to retreat in recent days they dug in at new positions where they hoped to halt the Ukrainian advance Zelensky said Ukraine had retaken territory in the rapid advance Moscow maps showed shrinking controlled areas as South Korea and the U S fire missiles into the sea to protest reckless North Korea test China has destroyed tacit agreement on Taiwan Strait minister Major UN powers question Pacific islanders called for nuclear legacy help This week alone since the Russian pseudo referendum dozens of population centres have been liberated These were in Kherson Kharkiv Luhansk and Donetsk regions altogether Zelensky said Zelensky named eight small towns in Kherson in the south as recently having been recaptured Reuters could not independently verify his statements Lyudmila 64 who sheltered for weeks in the basement of the Lavra monastery complex with other Ukrainians speaks to journalists outside the church in Svyatohirsk NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Putin gives final approval to Ukraine annexation plan amid retreats
    Foreign2 days ago

    Putin gives final approval to Ukraine annexation plan amid retreats

    Russian President Vladimir Putin formalised the annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Wednesday amid major battlefield reversals in recent days.

    The reversal led to shrinking the amount of seized territory Moscow controls.

    Russia has escalated its seven-month war with the annexation drive, a military mobilisation and warnings of a possible recourse to nuclear weapons to protect all of its territories.

    Putin now signed off on a law formally incorporating the four regions, representing about 18 per cent of Ukraine’s territory, into Russia.

    The state-owned TASS news agency reported on Wednesday morning.

    The Russian leader’s signature was the final stage in the legislative process; the two chambers of Russia’s parliament had already ratified the plan.

    Kyiv and its Western allies said Russia’s attempted annexation was an illegal land grab and would never be recognised with Ukraine saying its army would recapture any territory occupied by Russian forces.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday night that his military had made major, rapid advances against Russian forces in the past week.

    This is taking back dozens of towns in regions in the south and east that Russia has declared annexed.

    “This week alone, since the Russian pseudo-referendum, dozens of population centres have been liberated.

    “These are in Kherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk regions altogether,’’ Zelensky said.

    Zelensky named eight small towns in Kherson in the south as recently having been recaptured.

    Reuters could not independently verify his statements.

    Russia did not fully control any of the four regions it claimed Donetsk, Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson in the south.

    The Kremlin has said it has yet to determine the final borders of the annexed territory.

    Andriy Yermak, head of Zelenskiy’s office, reiterated the Ukrainian position on annexation.

    Referring on Telegram to what he called a collective madhouse, he said, worthless decisions by a terrorist country were not worth the paper they were signed on.

    Russian forces in the Donetsk and Kherson regions were forced to retreat in recent days, they dug in at new positions where they hoped to halt the Ukrainian advance.

    Zelensky said Ukraine had retaken territory in the rapid advance Moscow maps showed shrinking controlled areas as South Korea, and the U.

    S. fire missiles into the sea to protest ‘reckless’ North Korea test China has ‘destroyed’ tacit agreement on Taiwan Strait – minister Major UN powers question Pacific islanders’ called for nuclear legacy help This week alone, since the Russian pseudo-referendum, dozens of population centres have been liberated.

    These were in Kherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions altogether, Zelensky said.

    Zelensky named eight small towns in Kherson in the south as recently having been recaptured.

    Reuters could not independently verify his statements.

    Lyudmila, 64, who sheltered for weeks in the basement of the Lavra monastery complex with other Ukrainians, speaks to journalists outside the church in Svyatohirsk.

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  •  Ukrainian forces have broken through Russian defences in the south of the country while expanding their rapid offensive in the east seizing back more territory in areas annexed by Russia and threatening its troops supply lines Making their biggest breakthrough in the south since the war began Ukrainian forces recaptured several villages in an advance along the strategic Dnipro River on Monday Ukrainian officials and a Russian installed leader in the area said Ukrainian forces in the south destroyed 31 Russian tanks and one multiple rocket launcher the military s southern operational command said in a nightly update without providing details of where the fighting occurred Reuters could not immediately verify the battlefield accounts The southern breakthrough mirrors recent Ukrainian advances in the east even as Russia has tried to raise the stakes by annexing land ordering mobilisation and threatening nuclear retaliation Ukraine has made significant advances in two of the four Russian occupied regions Moscow last week annexed after what it called referendums votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive In a sign Ukraine is building momentum on the eastern front Reuters saw columns of Ukrainian military vehicles heading on Monday to reinforce the rail hub of Lyman retaken at the weekend and a staging post to press into the Donbas region President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine s army had seized back towns in a number of areas without giving details New population centres have been liberated in several regions Heavy fighting is going on in several sectors of the front Zelensky said in a video address Serhiy Gaidai the governor of Luhansk one of two regions that make up the Donbas said Russian forces had taken over a psychiatric hospital in the town of Svatovo a target en route to recapturing the major cities of Lysychansk and Sivierodonetsk There is quite a network of underground rooms in the building and they have taken up defensive positions he told Ukrainian television In the south Ukrainian troops recaptured the town of Dudchany along the west bank of the Dnipro River which bisects the country Vladimir Saldo the Russian installed leader in occupied parts of Ukraine s Kherson province told Russian state television YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine forces break through Russian defences in south, advance in east
     Ukrainian forces have broken through Russian defences in the south of the country while expanding their rapid offensive in the east seizing back more territory in areas annexed by Russia and threatening its troops supply lines Making their biggest breakthrough in the south since the war began Ukrainian forces recaptured several villages in an advance along the strategic Dnipro River on Monday Ukrainian officials and a Russian installed leader in the area said Ukrainian forces in the south destroyed 31 Russian tanks and one multiple rocket launcher the military s southern operational command said in a nightly update without providing details of where the fighting occurred Reuters could not immediately verify the battlefield accounts The southern breakthrough mirrors recent Ukrainian advances in the east even as Russia has tried to raise the stakes by annexing land ordering mobilisation and threatening nuclear retaliation Ukraine has made significant advances in two of the four Russian occupied regions Moscow last week annexed after what it called referendums votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive In a sign Ukraine is building momentum on the eastern front Reuters saw columns of Ukrainian military vehicles heading on Monday to reinforce the rail hub of Lyman retaken at the weekend and a staging post to press into the Donbas region President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine s army had seized back towns in a number of areas without giving details New population centres have been liberated in several regions Heavy fighting is going on in several sectors of the front Zelensky said in a video address Serhiy Gaidai the governor of Luhansk one of two regions that make up the Donbas said Russian forces had taken over a psychiatric hospital in the town of Svatovo a target en route to recapturing the major cities of Lysychansk and Sivierodonetsk There is quite a network of underground rooms in the building and they have taken up defensive positions he told Ukrainian television In the south Ukrainian troops recaptured the town of Dudchany along the west bank of the Dnipro River which bisects the country Vladimir Saldo the Russian installed leader in occupied parts of Ukraine s Kherson province told Russian state television YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine forces break through Russian defences in south, advance in east
    Foreign3 days ago

    Ukraine forces break through Russian defences in south, advance in east

    Ukrainian forces have broken through Russian defences in the south of the country while expanding their rapid offensive in the east, seizing back more territory in areas annexed by Russia and threatening its troops’ supply lines.

    Making their biggest breakthrough in the south since the war began, Ukrainian forces recaptured several villages in an advance along the strategic Dnipro River on Monday, Ukrainian officials and a Russian-installed leader in the area said.

    Ukrainian forces in the south destroyed 31 Russian tanks and one multiple rocket launcher, the military’s southern operational command said in a nightly update, without providing details of where the fighting occurred.

    Reuters could not immediately verify the battlefield accounts.

    The southern breakthrough mirrors recent Ukrainian advances in the east even as Russia has tried to raise the stakes by annexing land, ordering mobilisation, and threatening nuclear retaliation.

    Ukraine has made significant advances in two of the four Russian-occupied regions Moscow last week annexed after what it called referendums – votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive.

    In a sign Ukraine is building momentum on the eastern front, Reuters saw columns of Ukrainian military vehicles heading on Monday to reinforce the rail hub of Lyman, retaken at the weekend, and a staging post to press into the Donbas region.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine’s army had seized back towns in a number of areas, without giving details.

    “New population centres have been liberated in several regions.

    “Heavy fighting is going on in several sectors of the front,” Zelensky said in a video address.

    Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of Luhansk – one of two regions that make up the Donbas – said Russian forces had taken over a psychiatric hospital in the town of Svatovo, a target en route to recapturing the major cities of Lysychansk and Sivierodonetsk.

    “There is quite a network of underground rooms in the building and they have taken up defensive positions,” he told Ukrainian television.

    In the south, Ukrainian troops recaptured the town of Dudchany along the west bank of the Dnipro River, which bisects the country, Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed leader in occupied parts of Ukraine’s Kherson province, told Russian state television.

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  •  The Russian lower house of parliament ratified the incorporation of four occupied Ukrainian regions on Monday and fast tracked the relevant legislation as the West rallied further to Kiev s aid More than 400 deputies in the Russian Duma in a move unrecognised by most of the international community voted unanimously in favour of Luhansk Donetsk Zaporizhzhya and Kherson becoming part of the Russian Federation as well as enacting various laws The laws fully strengthen the main social and economic guarantees of people living in the territories and create a system of legal protection for citizens Pavel Krasheninnikov head of the Duma legal committee said according to the Interfax news agency Russian citizenship is to be granted to all residents of the occupied regions who apply for a passport and take an oath to the country s constitution which will prompt pension payments and health care The Russian rouble will be introduced as the currency but until the end of the year residents will still be able to pay with Ukrainian hryvnia By June 1 2023 new administrative bodies will be created President Vladimir Putin whose forces invaded Ukraine in February signed the treaties of accession on Friday with the Duma having to approve them A similar rubber stamping by the upper house the Federation Council is considered a formality Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was a guest at the Duma and accused the United States of moving against Russia just like Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler once did against the Soviet Union The U S has subjugated practically the entire collective West and mobilised it to make Ukraine an instrument of war with Russia just as Hitler gathered the majority of the countries of Europe for an invasion of the Soviet Union Lavrov said International condemnation in recent days included several European countries including Italy Germany the Czech Republic Poland Lithuania and Belgium summoning the Russian ambassador to condemn Moscow s illegal land grab Meanwhile the European Union on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on providing Ukraine with another 5 billion 4 9 billion in macro financial aid German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also said her country was well aware Putin s threat of nuclear war could be real but would not allow itself to be blackmailed by Moscow We take his words very seriously anything else would be negligent she told the Neue Osnabr cker Zeitung newspaper Ukraine has been backed by massive Western arms and Putin has mentioned the possible use of nuclear weapons in the conflict with his quest to capture the whole country having stalled Further nuclear worries have been exacerbated by fighting near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant On Monday International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA chief Rafael Grossi tweeted that he had received confirmation that plant director Ihor Murashov had been returned to his family after having been abducted On the battlefield Ukrainian troops again recorded successes in their counter offensive advancing against Russian invaders in the east and south In the Luhansk region Ukrainian soldiers have already established themselves near the city of Lysychansk a military spokesperson for the Moscow controlled Luhansk separatists wrote on Monday on the Telegram news service But the Ukrainian units are nevertheless under constant fire from the Russian army Previously President Volodymyr Zelensky had also confirmed an advance of Ukrainian forces in the southern region of Kherson and the recapture of the local towns of Archanhelske and Myrolyubivka Faced with stiff Ukrainian resolve Putin has called for a partial mobilization of new Russian troops But the mobilization is plagued by organizational problems and a lack of enthusiasm among potential conscripts The Defense Ministry in Moscow said first recruits called up as part of the mobilization have been transferred to Donetsk and Luhansk Mobilized servicemen are undergoing their combat training in the Donetsk People s Republic the Defence Ministry said on its Telegram channel It also posted a video showing soldiers conducting live fire exercises But in the Khabarovsk region in Russia s far east Governor Mikhail Degtyarev said that half of the several thousand conscripts had returned home The men in question had been called up for duty even though they did not meet criteria The governor did not explain how the mistakes could have happened The responsible head of the district military office had been dismissed Degtyarev wrote on Telegram Meanwhile Putin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov said he wants to send three of his underage sons to the war against Ukraine Kadyrov the notorious head of the Russian republic of Chechnya said that his boys Achmat Selimchan and Adam aged 14 to 16 are ready to put the combat skills they have trained for to the test in Russia s current special military operation in Ukraine And I m not joking he wrote on Telegram Soon they will be sent to the front and will be in the most difficult sections of the contact line He also published a video showing his sons doing target practice At least 300 000 reservists are to be drafted from across Russia to fight in the occupied Ukrainian territories Hundreds of thousands of Russians have fled abroad to avoid being sent into military service YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Russian Duma ratifies annexation of Ukrainian regions as West rallies
     The Russian lower house of parliament ratified the incorporation of four occupied Ukrainian regions on Monday and fast tracked the relevant legislation as the West rallied further to Kiev s aid More than 400 deputies in the Russian Duma in a move unrecognised by most of the international community voted unanimously in favour of Luhansk Donetsk Zaporizhzhya and Kherson becoming part of the Russian Federation as well as enacting various laws The laws fully strengthen the main social and economic guarantees of people living in the territories and create a system of legal protection for citizens Pavel Krasheninnikov head of the Duma legal committee said according to the Interfax news agency Russian citizenship is to be granted to all residents of the occupied regions who apply for a passport and take an oath to the country s constitution which will prompt pension payments and health care The Russian rouble will be introduced as the currency but until the end of the year residents will still be able to pay with Ukrainian hryvnia By June 1 2023 new administrative bodies will be created President Vladimir Putin whose forces invaded Ukraine in February signed the treaties of accession on Friday with the Duma having to approve them A similar rubber stamping by the upper house the Federation Council is considered a formality Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was a guest at the Duma and accused the United States of moving against Russia just like Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler once did against the Soviet Union The U S has subjugated practically the entire collective West and mobilised it to make Ukraine an instrument of war with Russia just as Hitler gathered the majority of the countries of Europe for an invasion of the Soviet Union Lavrov said International condemnation in recent days included several European countries including Italy Germany the Czech Republic Poland Lithuania and Belgium summoning the Russian ambassador to condemn Moscow s illegal land grab Meanwhile the European Union on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on providing Ukraine with another 5 billion 4 9 billion in macro financial aid German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also said her country was well aware Putin s threat of nuclear war could be real but would not allow itself to be blackmailed by Moscow We take his words very seriously anything else would be negligent she told the Neue Osnabr cker Zeitung newspaper Ukraine has been backed by massive Western arms and Putin has mentioned the possible use of nuclear weapons in the conflict with his quest to capture the whole country having stalled Further nuclear worries have been exacerbated by fighting near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant On Monday International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA chief Rafael Grossi tweeted that he had received confirmation that plant director Ihor Murashov had been returned to his family after having been abducted On the battlefield Ukrainian troops again recorded successes in their counter offensive advancing against Russian invaders in the east and south In the Luhansk region Ukrainian soldiers have already established themselves near the city of Lysychansk a military spokesperson for the Moscow controlled Luhansk separatists wrote on Monday on the Telegram news service But the Ukrainian units are nevertheless under constant fire from the Russian army Previously President Volodymyr Zelensky had also confirmed an advance of Ukrainian forces in the southern region of Kherson and the recapture of the local towns of Archanhelske and Myrolyubivka Faced with stiff Ukrainian resolve Putin has called for a partial mobilization of new Russian troops But the mobilization is plagued by organizational problems and a lack of enthusiasm among potential conscripts The Defense Ministry in Moscow said first recruits called up as part of the mobilization have been transferred to Donetsk and Luhansk Mobilized servicemen are undergoing their combat training in the Donetsk People s Republic the Defence Ministry said on its Telegram channel It also posted a video showing soldiers conducting live fire exercises But in the Khabarovsk region in Russia s far east Governor Mikhail Degtyarev said that half of the several thousand conscripts had returned home The men in question had been called up for duty even though they did not meet criteria The governor did not explain how the mistakes could have happened The responsible head of the district military office had been dismissed Degtyarev wrote on Telegram Meanwhile Putin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov said he wants to send three of his underage sons to the war against Ukraine Kadyrov the notorious head of the Russian republic of Chechnya said that his boys Achmat Selimchan and Adam aged 14 to 16 are ready to put the combat skills they have trained for to the test in Russia s current special military operation in Ukraine And I m not joking he wrote on Telegram Soon they will be sent to the front and will be in the most difficult sections of the contact line He also published a video showing his sons doing target practice At least 300 000 reservists are to be drafted from across Russia to fight in the occupied Ukrainian territories Hundreds of thousands of Russians have fled abroad to avoid being sent into military service YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Russian Duma ratifies annexation of Ukrainian regions as West rallies
    Foreign3 days ago

    Russian Duma ratifies annexation of Ukrainian regions as West rallies

    The Russian lower house of parliament ratified the incorporation of four occupied Ukrainian regions on Monday and fast-tracked the relevant legislation as the West rallied further to Kiev’s aid.

    More than 400 deputies in the Russian Duma, in a move unrecognised by most of the international community, voted unanimously in favour of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, and Kherson becoming part of the Russian Federation as well as enacting various laws.

    “The laws fully strengthen the main social and economic guarantees of people living in the territories and create a system of legal protection for citizens,” Pavel Krasheninnikov, head of the Duma legal committee, said according to the Interfax news agency.

    Russian citizenship is to be granted to all residents of the occupied regions who apply for a passport and take an oath to the country’s constitution, which will prompt pension payments and health care.

    The Russian rouble will be introduced as the currency, but until the end of the year residents will still be able to pay with Ukrainian hryvnia.

    By June 1, 2023, new administrative bodies will be created.

    President Vladimir Putin, whose forces invaded Ukraine in February, signed the treaties of accession on Friday with the Duma having to approve them.

    A similar rubber-stamping by the upper house – the Federation Council – is considered a formality.

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was a guest at the Duma and accused the United States of moving against Russia just like Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler once did against the Soviet Union.

    “The U.

    S. has subjugated practically the entire collective West and mobilised it to make Ukraine an instrument of war with Russia – just as Hitler gathered the majority of the countries of Europe for an invasion of the Soviet Union,” Lavrov said.

    International condemnation in recent days included several European countries – including Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, and Belgium – summoning the Russian ambassador to condemn Moscow’s illegal land grab.

    Meanwhile, the European Union on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on providing Ukraine with another €5 billion ($4.9 billion) in macro-financial aid.

    German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also said her country was well aware Putin’s threat of nuclear war could be real but would not allow itself to be blackmailed by Moscow.

    “We take his words very seriously; anything else would be negligent,” she told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper.

    Ukraine has been backed by massive Western arms and Putin has mentioned the possible use of nuclear weapons in the conflict, with his quest to capture the whole country having stalled.

    Further nuclear worries have been exacerbated by fighting near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

    On Monday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi tweeted that he had “received confirmation” that plant director Ihor Murashov had been “returned to his family” after having been abducted.

    On the battlefield, Ukrainian troops again recorded successes in their counter-offensive, advancing against Russian invaders in the east and south.

    In the Luhansk region, Ukrainian soldiers have already established themselves near the city of Lysychansk, a military spokesperson for the Moscow-controlled Luhansk separatists wrote on Monday on the Telegram news service.

    But the Ukrainian units are nevertheless under constant fire from the Russian army.

    Previously, President Volodymyr Zelensky had also confirmed an advance of Ukrainian forces in the southern region of Kherson and the recapture of the local towns of Archanhelske and Myrolyubivka.

    Faced with stiff Ukrainian resolve, Putin has called for a partial mobilization of new Russian troops.

    But the mobilization is plagued by organizational problems and a lack of enthusiasm among potential conscripts.

    The Defense Ministry in Moscow said first recruits called up as part of the mobilization have been transferred to Donetsk and Luhansk.

    “Mobilized servicemen are undergoing their combat training in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the Defence Ministry said on its Telegram channel.

    It also posted a video showing soldiers conducting live-fire exercises.

    But in the Khabarovsk region in Russia’s far east, Governor Mikhail Degtyarev said that half of the “several thousand” conscripts had returned home.

    The men in question had been called up for duty even though they did not meet criteria.

    The governor did not explain how the mistakes could have happened.

    The responsible head of the district military office had been dismissed, Degtyarev wrote on Telegram.

    Meanwhile Putin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov said he wants to send three of his underage sons to the war against Ukraine.

    Kadyrov, the notorious head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, said that his boys Achmat, Selimchan and Adam – aged 14 to 16 – are ready to put the combat skills they have trained for to the test in Russia’s current “special military operation” in Ukraine.

    “And I’m not joking,” he wrote on Telegram.

    “ Soon they will be sent to the front and will be in the most difficult sections of the contact line.

    ” He also published a video showing his sons doing target practice.

    At least 300,000 reservists are to be drafted from across Russia to fight in the occupied Ukrainian territories.

    Hundreds of thousands of Russians have fled abroad to avoid being sent into military service.

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  •  Estonia Latvia and Lithuania have said they are in favour of opening a fast track path for Ukraine s membership in NATO even as Kiev s other Western allies have demurred on the question Ukraine s Baltic friends fully support welcoming Ukraine into NATO as soon as possible Ukraine s inspirational bravery can only strengthen our alliance the foreign ministers of all three countries tweeted late Friday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had announced Kiev s intention to apply for accelerated accession to NATO following Russia s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Friday The Baltic EU countries have been among Ukraine s loudest supporters They border Russia and have long seen their neighbour as a major security threat But Zelensky s announcement was met with caution from Washington and NATO headquarters in Brussels Western powers have been funnelling weapons military equipment and humanitarian aid to Ukraine as it does battle with Russian forces Right now our view is that the best way for us to support Ukraine is through practical on the ground support in Ukraine and that the process in Brussels should be taken up at a different time White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Echoing the White House NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Our focus now is on providing immediate support to Ukraine to help Ukraine defend itself against the Russian brutal invasion As the terms of NATO s founding treaty consider an attack on one NATO ally an attack on all members it is viewed as unlikely that the alliance would allow a country at war to join YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Baltics say having Ukraine in NATO will ‘only strengthen alliance’
     Estonia Latvia and Lithuania have said they are in favour of opening a fast track path for Ukraine s membership in NATO even as Kiev s other Western allies have demurred on the question Ukraine s Baltic friends fully support welcoming Ukraine into NATO as soon as possible Ukraine s inspirational bravery can only strengthen our alliance the foreign ministers of all three countries tweeted late Friday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had announced Kiev s intention to apply for accelerated accession to NATO following Russia s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Friday The Baltic EU countries have been among Ukraine s loudest supporters They border Russia and have long seen their neighbour as a major security threat But Zelensky s announcement was met with caution from Washington and NATO headquarters in Brussels Western powers have been funnelling weapons military equipment and humanitarian aid to Ukraine as it does battle with Russian forces Right now our view is that the best way for us to support Ukraine is through practical on the ground support in Ukraine and that the process in Brussels should be taken up at a different time White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Echoing the White House NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Our focus now is on providing immediate support to Ukraine to help Ukraine defend itself against the Russian brutal invasion As the terms of NATO s founding treaty consider an attack on one NATO ally an attack on all members it is viewed as unlikely that the alliance would allow a country at war to join YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Baltics say having Ukraine in NATO will ‘only strengthen alliance’
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    Baltics say having Ukraine in NATO will ‘only strengthen alliance’

    Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have said they are in favour of opening a fast-track path for Ukraine’s membership in NATO, even as Kiev’s other Western allies have demurred on the question.

    “Ukraine’s Baltic friends fully support welcoming Ukraine into NATO as soon as possible.

    Ukraine’s inspirational bravery can only strengthen our alliance,” the foreign ministers of all three countries tweeted late Friday.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had announced Kiev’s intention to apply for “accelerated” accession to NATO following Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Friday.

    The Baltic EU countries have been among Ukraine’s loudest supporters.

    They border Russia and have long seen their neighbour as a major security threat.

    But Zelensky’s announcement was met with caution from Washington and NATO headquarters in Brussels.

    Western powers have been funnelling weapons, military equipment and humanitarian aid to Ukraine as it does battle with Russian forces.

    “Right now, our view is that the best way for us to support Ukraine is through practical, on-the-ground support in Ukraine, and that the process in Brussels should be taken up at a different time,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.

    Echoing the White House, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “Our focus now is on providing immediate support to Ukraine, to help Ukraine defend itself against the Russian brutal invasion.

    ” As the terms of NATO’s founding treaty consider an attack on one NATO ally an attack on all members, it is viewed as unlikely that the alliance would allow a country at war to join.

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  •  Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared four Ukrainian provinces to be part of the Russian Federation as he signed a document to formally annex the regions occupied by Moscow s troops The Russian president urged Kiev to recognize the annexation of the regions of Luhansk Donetsk Zaporizhzhya and Kherson conducted after referendums a week ago that Moscow said showed an overwhelming majority in favour of leaving Ukraine and joining Russia Kiev and Western powers denounced the five day vote which ended on Tuesday saying the results were a foregone conclusion that would never be recognised internationally There were reports of residents being coerced into voting sometimes at gunpoint As expected Russia vetoed a resolution in the UN Security Council condemning the Russian annexation as a violation of international law Ten countries voted in favour of the US Albania sponsored document in New York on Friday which also called on Russia to immediately withdraw from Ukraine Four countries in the most powerful UN body with a total of 15 members abstained These were China India Brazil and Gabon Russia s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia criticised the vote on the draft resolution as a provocation and an openly hostile act Putin urged Ukraine to come to the negotiating table in a bid to end the fighting that began when Russia invaded Ukraine in February Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky however ruled out negotiations with Putin He said Ukraine is ready for dialogue with Russia but only under a different Russian president He also said his country is applying for an accelerated accession to NATO De facto we have already started our path to NATO Today Ukraine is applying to make it de jure legal Zelensky said in a video published on Telegram NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said a membership remains open to the country and that the alliance supports Ukraine s rights to choose its own path to decide what kind of security arrangements it wants to be part of However he stressed the unanimity required among members for new applicants to join the alliance As the terms of NATO s founding treaty considers an attack on one NATO ally an attack against all members it is viewed as unlikely that the Western military alliance would allow a country at war like Ukraine to join the alliance After Putin s speech the European Union has vowed to never recognize the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian provinces Russia is putting global security at risk read a joint statement from the 27 EU member states calling on states and international organisations to reject the annexation These decisions are null and void and cannot produce any legal effect whatsoever Crimea Kherson Zaporizhzhya Donetsk and Luhansk are Ukraine the statement read Top representatives of the Organization for Security and Co operation in Europe OSCE have condemned Moscow s moves to annex Ukrainian territories as illegal and unacceptable The organization of which Russia is a member once again called on Moscow to withdraw all its forces from across Ukraine Stoltenberg meanwhile said this is the largest attempted annexation of European territory by force since World War II and that the alliance and its allies will not recognise any of this territory as part of Russia Stoltenberg stressed that the move represents the most serious escalation since the start of the war The U S announced it is imposing further sanctions on Russia with measures targeting among others further Russian government representatives their family members and members of the military Networks for the procurement of defence equipment including international suppliers are also affected The United States condemns Russia s fraudulent attempt today to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory U S President Joe Biden said on Friday The United States will always honor Ukraine s internationally recognised borders The areas annexed by Moscow have been occupied since soon after the start of Russian invasion Putin said last week that Moscow would see Ukrainian attacks on the annexed regions as attacks on Russia itself and would use all means to defend them a thinly veiled reference to nuclear weapons Together with Crimea nearly 20 per cent of Ukraine s territory is under Russian control although Kiev has reclaimed some of the occupied territory in recent weeks But the Kremlin said on Friday that speculation it would resort to nuclear weapons are only designed to spread fear People who talk about nuclear escalation are acting very irresponsibly said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov Despite the annexation Kiev s forces are making gains with some of the recent fighting focused on Lyman a small strategically important town in Donetsk But the fighting also meant more fatalities At least 23 people were dead after a rocket attack on a convoy of civilian vehicles near the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhya with another 28 injured according to the regional governor Zelensky lashed out at the attack calling it Russian retribution for the unbroken Ukrainian resistance to its failed invasion Only absolute terrorists operate this way the kind of people for whom there is no place in the civilised world he wrote in the wake of the attack Peaceful Ukrainians are being wiped out cynically because he long ago lost all of his humanity However the head of the Russian occupation authorities Vladimir Rogov wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian troops had fired the shot He also put the death toll at 23 but said there were 34 injured YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Putin declares 4 occupied Ukrainian provinces as part of Russia
     Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared four Ukrainian provinces to be part of the Russian Federation as he signed a document to formally annex the regions occupied by Moscow s troops The Russian president urged Kiev to recognize the annexation of the regions of Luhansk Donetsk Zaporizhzhya and Kherson conducted after referendums a week ago that Moscow said showed an overwhelming majority in favour of leaving Ukraine and joining Russia Kiev and Western powers denounced the five day vote which ended on Tuesday saying the results were a foregone conclusion that would never be recognised internationally There were reports of residents being coerced into voting sometimes at gunpoint As expected Russia vetoed a resolution in the UN Security Council condemning the Russian annexation as a violation of international law Ten countries voted in favour of the US Albania sponsored document in New York on Friday which also called on Russia to immediately withdraw from Ukraine Four countries in the most powerful UN body with a total of 15 members abstained These were China India Brazil and Gabon Russia s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia criticised the vote on the draft resolution as a provocation and an openly hostile act Putin urged Ukraine to come to the negotiating table in a bid to end the fighting that began when Russia invaded Ukraine in February Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky however ruled out negotiations with Putin He said Ukraine is ready for dialogue with Russia but only under a different Russian president He also said his country is applying for an accelerated accession to NATO De facto we have already started our path to NATO Today Ukraine is applying to make it de jure legal Zelensky said in a video published on Telegram NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said a membership remains open to the country and that the alliance supports Ukraine s rights to choose its own path to decide what kind of security arrangements it wants to be part of However he stressed the unanimity required among members for new applicants to join the alliance As the terms of NATO s founding treaty considers an attack on one NATO ally an attack against all members it is viewed as unlikely that the Western military alliance would allow a country at war like Ukraine to join the alliance After Putin s speech the European Union has vowed to never recognize the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian provinces Russia is putting global security at risk read a joint statement from the 27 EU member states calling on states and international organisations to reject the annexation These decisions are null and void and cannot produce any legal effect whatsoever Crimea Kherson Zaporizhzhya Donetsk and Luhansk are Ukraine the statement read Top representatives of the Organization for Security and Co operation in Europe OSCE have condemned Moscow s moves to annex Ukrainian territories as illegal and unacceptable The organization of which Russia is a member once again called on Moscow to withdraw all its forces from across Ukraine Stoltenberg meanwhile said this is the largest attempted annexation of European territory by force since World War II and that the alliance and its allies will not recognise any of this territory as part of Russia Stoltenberg stressed that the move represents the most serious escalation since the start of the war The U S announced it is imposing further sanctions on Russia with measures targeting among others further Russian government representatives their family members and members of the military Networks for the procurement of defence equipment including international suppliers are also affected The United States condemns Russia s fraudulent attempt today to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory U S President Joe Biden said on Friday The United States will always honor Ukraine s internationally recognised borders The areas annexed by Moscow have been occupied since soon after the start of Russian invasion Putin said last week that Moscow would see Ukrainian attacks on the annexed regions as attacks on Russia itself and would use all means to defend them a thinly veiled reference to nuclear weapons Together with Crimea nearly 20 per cent of Ukraine s territory is under Russian control although Kiev has reclaimed some of the occupied territory in recent weeks But the Kremlin said on Friday that speculation it would resort to nuclear weapons are only designed to spread fear People who talk about nuclear escalation are acting very irresponsibly said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov Despite the annexation Kiev s forces are making gains with some of the recent fighting focused on Lyman a small strategically important town in Donetsk But the fighting also meant more fatalities At least 23 people were dead after a rocket attack on a convoy of civilian vehicles near the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhya with another 28 injured according to the regional governor Zelensky lashed out at the attack calling it Russian retribution for the unbroken Ukrainian resistance to its failed invasion Only absolute terrorists operate this way the kind of people for whom there is no place in the civilised world he wrote in the wake of the attack Peaceful Ukrainians are being wiped out cynically because he long ago lost all of his humanity However the head of the Russian occupation authorities Vladimir Rogov wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian troops had fired the shot He also put the death toll at 23 but said there were 34 injured YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Putin declares 4 occupied Ukrainian provinces as part of Russia
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    Putin declares 4 occupied Ukrainian provinces as part of Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared four Ukrainian provinces to be part of the Russian Federation as he signed a document to formally annex the regions occupied by Moscow’s troops.

    The Russian president urged Kiev to recognize the annexation of the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson, conducted after referendums a week ago that Moscow said showed an overwhelming majority in favour of leaving Ukraine and joining Russia.

    Kiev and Western powers denounced the five-day vote, which ended on Tuesday, saying the results were a foregone conclusion that would never be recognised internationally.

    There were reports of residents being coerced into voting, sometimes at gunpoint.

    As expected, Russia vetoed a resolution in the UN Security Council condemning the Russian annexation as a violation of international law.

    Ten countries voted in favour of the US-Albania-sponsored document in New York on Friday which also called on Russia to immediately withdraw from Ukraine.

    Four countries in the most powerful UN body with a total of 15 members abstained.

    These were China, India, Brazil, and Gabon.

    Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia criticised the vote on the draft resolution as a provocation and an openly hostile act.

    Putin urged Ukraine to come to the negotiating table, in a bid to end the fighting that began when Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, however, ruled out negotiations with Putin.

    He said Ukraine is ready for dialogue with Russia, but only under a different Russian president.

    He also said his country is applying for an “accelerated” accession to NATO.

    “De facto, we have already started our path to NATO.

    Today, Ukraine is applying to make it de jure (legal),” Zelensky said in a video published on Telegram.

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said a membership “remains open” to the country and that the alliance supports “Ukraine’s rights to choose its own path to decide what kind of security arrangements it wants to be part of.

    ” However, he stressed the unanimity required among members for new applicants to join the alliance.

    As the terms of NATO’s founding treaty considers an attack on one NATO ally an attack against all members – it is viewed as unlikely that the Western military alliance would allow a country at war like Ukraine to join the alliance.

    After Putin’s speech, the European Union has vowed to never recognize the “illegal annexation” of the Ukrainian provinces.

    “Russia is putting global security at risk,” read a joint statement from the 27 EU member states, calling on states and international organisations to reject the annexation.

    “These decisions are null and void and cannot produce any legal effect whatsoever.

    Crimea, Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk and Luhansk are Ukraine,” the statement read.

    Top representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have condemned Moscow’s moves to annex Ukrainian territories as “illegal” and “unacceptable.

    ” The organization, of which Russia is a member, once again called on Moscow “to withdraw all its forces from across Ukraine.

    ” Stoltenberg, meanwhile, said this is “the largest attempted annexation of European territory by force since World War II” and that the alliance and its allies “will not, recognise any of this territory as part of Russia.

    ”Stoltenberg stressed that the move “represents the most serious escalation since the start of the war.

    ” The U.

    S. announced it is imposing further sanctions on Russia, with measures targeting among others, further Russian government representatives, their family members and members of the military.

    Networks for the procurement of defence equipment, including international suppliers, are also affected.

    “The United States condemns Russia’s fraudulent attempt today to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory,” U.

    S. President Joe Biden said on Friday.

    “The United States will always honor Ukraine’s internationally recognised borders.

    ” The areas annexed by Moscow have been occupied since soon after the start of Russian invasion.

    Putin said last week that Moscow would see Ukrainian attacks on the annexed regions as attacks on Russia itself and would use all means to defend them – a thinly veiled reference to nuclear weapons.

    Together with Crimea, nearly 20 per cent of Ukraine’s territory is under Russian control, although Kiev has reclaimed some of the occupied territory in recent weeks.

    But the Kremlin said on Friday that speculation it would resort to nuclear weapons are only designed to spread fear.

    “People who talk about nuclear escalation are acting very irresponsibly,” said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

    Despite the annexation, Kiev’s forces are making gains, with some of the recent fighting focused on Lyman, a small, strategically important town in Donetsk.

    But the fighting also meant more fatalities.

    At least 23 people were dead after a rocket attack on a convoy of civilian vehicles near the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhya, with another 28 injured, according to the regional governor.

    Zelensky lashed out at the attack, calling it Russian retribution for the unbroken Ukrainian resistance to its failed invasion.

    “Only absolute terrorists operate this way, the kind of people for whom there is no place in the civilised world,” he wrote in the wake of the attack.

    “Peaceful Ukrainians are being wiped out cynically because he long ago lost all of his humanity.

    ” However, the head of the Russian occupation authorities, Vladimir Rogov, wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian troops had fired the shot.

    He also put the death toll at 23, but said there were 34 injured.

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  •  President Recep Erdogan of Turkey plans to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin about illegal referendums held in Moscow occupied parts of Ukraine Erdogan said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded Turkey s support for the affected regions and that will convince Putin Erdogan said he would speak to Putin on Thursday I wish they wouldn t hold referendums and that we could instead solve the problem diplomatically he said The referendums recently held in four Russian occupied regions in southern and eastern Ukraine are not internationally recognised because they were held in violation of Ukrainian and international laws and without minimum democratic standards Turkey is a member of the NATO defence alliance and has good relations with Ukraine but is also a close partner of Russia Putin and Erdogan could also discuss plans to build a new nuclear power station in Sinop in the Turkish Black Sea region According to local media Erdogan said talks with Putin on the matter were under way Turkey s first nuclear power plant Akkuyu is currently being built in southern Turkey with the Russian state owned Rosatom in charge of construction NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Erdogan plans to talk with Putin over Ukraine referendums
     President Recep Erdogan of Turkey plans to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin about illegal referendums held in Moscow occupied parts of Ukraine Erdogan said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded Turkey s support for the affected regions and that will convince Putin Erdogan said he would speak to Putin on Thursday I wish they wouldn t hold referendums and that we could instead solve the problem diplomatically he said The referendums recently held in four Russian occupied regions in southern and eastern Ukraine are not internationally recognised because they were held in violation of Ukrainian and international laws and without minimum democratic standards Turkey is a member of the NATO defence alliance and has good relations with Ukraine but is also a close partner of Russia Putin and Erdogan could also discuss plans to build a new nuclear power station in Sinop in the Turkish Black Sea region According to local media Erdogan said talks with Putin on the matter were under way Turkey s first nuclear power plant Akkuyu is currently being built in southern Turkey with the Russian state owned Rosatom in charge of construction NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Erdogan plans to talk with Putin over Ukraine referendums
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    Erdogan plans to talk with Putin over Ukraine referendums

    President Recep Erdogan of Turkey plans to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin about illegal referendums held in Moscow-occupied parts of Ukraine.

    Erdogan said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded Turkey’s support for the affected regions and “that will convince Putin.

    ”Erdogan said he would speak to Putin on Thursday.

    “I wish they wouldn’t hold referendums and that we could instead solve the problem diplomatically,” he said.

    The referendums recently held in four Russian-occupied regions in southern and eastern Ukraine are not internationally recognised because they were held in violation of Ukrainian and international laws and without minimum democratic standards.

    Turkey is a member of the NATO defence alliance and has good relations with Ukraine, but is also a close partner of Russia.

    Putin and Erdogan could also discuss plans to build a new nuclear power station in Sinop in the Turkish Black Sea region.

    According to local media, Erdogan said talks with Putin on the matter were under way.

    Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, is currently being built in southern Turkey, with the Russian state-owned Rosatom in charge of construction.


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  •  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Russians to protest the partial military mobilisation announced in the country Protest Fight Run away Or become Ukrainian prisoners of war Those are the options for your survival Zelensky said in his daily video address He said 55 000 Russian soldiers had already died in Ukraine Zelensky also appealed to mothers and wives of Russian men called up for service Do not doubt this the children of your country s leaders will not take part in the war against Ukraine Those making decisions in your country protect their children And your children aren t even buried he said Russian President Vladimir Putin a day earlier decreed the mobilisation of 300 000 reservists in order to garner more soldiers for the military s faltering campaign in Ukraine Addressing Ukrainians Zelensky said Russia s partial mobilisation was a signal of Kiev s strength He said it means the war will now no longer be just a televised event for Russians but will enter real life Nothing will change for Ukrainians who will continue to fight for the liberation of their country Zelensky said with conviction Referring to the UN General Assembly Zelensky said Ukraine would now be supported by an even wider circle of states in the international community NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zelensky calls on Russians to protest military mobilisation
     Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Russians to protest the partial military mobilisation announced in the country Protest Fight Run away Or become Ukrainian prisoners of war Those are the options for your survival Zelensky said in his daily video address He said 55 000 Russian soldiers had already died in Ukraine Zelensky also appealed to mothers and wives of Russian men called up for service Do not doubt this the children of your country s leaders will not take part in the war against Ukraine Those making decisions in your country protect their children And your children aren t even buried he said Russian President Vladimir Putin a day earlier decreed the mobilisation of 300 000 reservists in order to garner more soldiers for the military s faltering campaign in Ukraine Addressing Ukrainians Zelensky said Russia s partial mobilisation was a signal of Kiev s strength He said it means the war will now no longer be just a televised event for Russians but will enter real life Nothing will change for Ukrainians who will continue to fight for the liberation of their country Zelensky said with conviction Referring to the UN General Assembly Zelensky said Ukraine would now be supported by an even wider circle of states in the international community NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zelensky calls on Russians to protest military mobilisation
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    Zelensky calls on Russians to protest military mobilisation

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Russians to protest the partial military mobilisation announced in the country.

    “Protest!

    Fight!

    Run away!

    Or become Ukrainian prisoners of war!

    Those are the options for your survival,” Zelensky said in his daily video address.

    He said 55,000 Russian soldiers had already died in Ukraine.

    Zelensky also appealed to mothers and wives of Russian men called up for service.

    “Do not doubt this, the children of your country’s leaders will not take part in the war against Ukraine.

    “Those making decisions in your country protect their children.

    And your children aren’t even buried,” he said.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin a day earlier decreed the mobilisation of 300,000 reservists in order to garner more soldiers for the military’s faltering campaign in Ukraine.

    Addressing Ukrainians, Zelensky said Russia’s partial mobilisation was a signal of Kiev’s strength.

    He said it means the war will now no longer be just a televised event for Russians, but will enter real life.

    Nothing will change for Ukrainians, who will continue to fight for the liberation of their country, Zelensky said with conviction.

    Referring to the UN General Assembly, Zelensky said Ukraine would now be supported by an even wider circle of states in the international community.

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  •  EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell has promised new sanctions targeting Russia following President Vladimir Putin s latest escalation in his war against Ukraine We decided to bring forward as soon as possible additional restrictive measures against Russia in coordination with partners Borrell said He said this late on Wednesday following a meeting of EU foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly UNGA in New York The meeting was convened by Borrell after Putin ordered the partial mobilisation of reservists in order to bolster his military s flagging efforts in Ukraine On Sept 21 Russia chose a path of confrontation by announcing a partial mobilisation in Russia by supporting the organisation of illegal referenda in the Ukrainian territories In which currently being occupied by Russia and by threatening again with the use of weapons of mass destruction Borrell said in a statement The references to nuclear weapons do not shake our determination resolve and unity to stand by Ukraine Our comprehensive support to Ukraine s ability to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty as long as it takes he added Earlier in the day Putin inked a decree to partially mobilise the reservists in the country s armed forces sparking protests in several Russian cities As Putin looked for ways to throw more resources at his troubled invasion of Ukraine he warned other states not to attack Russian territory and alluded to nuclear retribution if someone chose to do so If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened we will absolutely use all available means to protect Russia and our people This is not a bluff he said in a televised address Hundreds of Russian demonstrators were detained at rallies against the mobilisation measure Civil rights group OVD Info counted 1 350 arrests by Wednesday evening across 38 cities across the vast country where anti government rallies were routinely repressed It said 500 demonstrators were held in Moscow and 556 in St Petersburg Putin announced the mobilisation as he said that he would support planned referendums in the occupied regions of Luhansk Donetsk Kherson and Zaporizhzhya later this week in which people would be asked to join Russia The vote had been panned as a sham by the West as it was being conducted during a military occupation and without outside oversight However if Putin were to be able to report that these areas had voted to become Russian any attack by Ukraine to free them would fall under his threat of doing anything to protect his country s territorial integrity Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said some 300 000 reservists of 25 million available would be called up Shoigu also put the losses suffered by Russia s army during its invasion of Ukraine at 5 937 personnel It was the first time in months that Russia had officially published figures Independent observers however believed Russia s losses were significantly higher The call to mobilisation prompted criticism from Ukraine and further abroad with many saying it was a sign that Putin s gambit was failing All this can only be explained against the background of the fact that the Russian attack on Ukraine has not been successful a government spokesperson quoted German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as saying in Berlin on Wednesday U S Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Putin s latest move reflects the Kremlin s struggles on the battlefield the unpopularity of the war and Russians unwillingness to fight in it President Putin is not operating from a position of strength Blinken said in a statement Rather this is another sign of his failing mission European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen echoed Blinken s comments telling CNN Putin was showing his weakness Von der Leyen also said that Putin will have to pay massive costs for the invasion adding that we would never bow to blackmail over Putin s nuclear threat Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the UNGA the move showed Russia was not interested in peace They talk about the talks but announce a military mobilization They talk about the talks but announce pseudo referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine Zelensky said Russia wants war U S President Joe Biden told the assembly that the war is about extinguishing Ukraine s right to exist as a state plain and simple And Ukraine s right to exist as a people Meanwhile Kiev announced that 215 people including fighters captured at the Azovstal steelworks in Ukraine were exchanged for pro Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk and Russian soldiers in a major prisoner swap NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Borrell says EU to bring forward additional sanctions against Russia
     EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell has promised new sanctions targeting Russia following President Vladimir Putin s latest escalation in his war against Ukraine We decided to bring forward as soon as possible additional restrictive measures against Russia in coordination with partners Borrell said He said this late on Wednesday following a meeting of EU foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly UNGA in New York The meeting was convened by Borrell after Putin ordered the partial mobilisation of reservists in order to bolster his military s flagging efforts in Ukraine On Sept 21 Russia chose a path of confrontation by announcing a partial mobilisation in Russia by supporting the organisation of illegal referenda in the Ukrainian territories In which currently being occupied by Russia and by threatening again with the use of weapons of mass destruction Borrell said in a statement The references to nuclear weapons do not shake our determination resolve and unity to stand by Ukraine Our comprehensive support to Ukraine s ability to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty as long as it takes he added Earlier in the day Putin inked a decree to partially mobilise the reservists in the country s armed forces sparking protests in several Russian cities As Putin looked for ways to throw more resources at his troubled invasion of Ukraine he warned other states not to attack Russian territory and alluded to nuclear retribution if someone chose to do so If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened we will absolutely use all available means to protect Russia and our people This is not a bluff he said in a televised address Hundreds of Russian demonstrators were detained at rallies against the mobilisation measure Civil rights group OVD Info counted 1 350 arrests by Wednesday evening across 38 cities across the vast country where anti government rallies were routinely repressed It said 500 demonstrators were held in Moscow and 556 in St Petersburg Putin announced the mobilisation as he said that he would support planned referendums in the occupied regions of Luhansk Donetsk Kherson and Zaporizhzhya later this week in which people would be asked to join Russia The vote had been panned as a sham by the West as it was being conducted during a military occupation and without outside oversight However if Putin were to be able to report that these areas had voted to become Russian any attack by Ukraine to free them would fall under his threat of doing anything to protect his country s territorial integrity Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said some 300 000 reservists of 25 million available would be called up Shoigu also put the losses suffered by Russia s army during its invasion of Ukraine at 5 937 personnel It was the first time in months that Russia had officially published figures Independent observers however believed Russia s losses were significantly higher The call to mobilisation prompted criticism from Ukraine and further abroad with many saying it was a sign that Putin s gambit was failing All this can only be explained against the background of the fact that the Russian attack on Ukraine has not been successful a government spokesperson quoted German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as saying in Berlin on Wednesday U S Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Putin s latest move reflects the Kremlin s struggles on the battlefield the unpopularity of the war and Russians unwillingness to fight in it President Putin is not operating from a position of strength Blinken said in a statement Rather this is another sign of his failing mission European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen echoed Blinken s comments telling CNN Putin was showing his weakness Von der Leyen also said that Putin will have to pay massive costs for the invasion adding that we would never bow to blackmail over Putin s nuclear threat Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the UNGA the move showed Russia was not interested in peace They talk about the talks but announce a military mobilization They talk about the talks but announce pseudo referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine Zelensky said Russia wants war U S President Joe Biden told the assembly that the war is about extinguishing Ukraine s right to exist as a state plain and simple And Ukraine s right to exist as a people Meanwhile Kiev announced that 215 people including fighters captured at the Azovstal steelworks in Ukraine were exchanged for pro Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk and Russian soldiers in a major prisoner swap NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Borrell says EU to bring forward additional sanctions against Russia
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    Borrell says EU to bring forward additional sanctions against Russia

    EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell has promised new sanctions targeting Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s latest escalation in his war against Ukraine.

    “We decided to bring forward as soon as possible additional restrictive measures against Russia in coordination with partners,’’ Borrell said.

    He said this late on Wednesday following a meeting of EU foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The meeting was convened by Borrell after Putin ordered the partial mobilisation of reservists in order to bolster his military’s flagging efforts in Ukraine.

    “On Sept. 21, Russia chose a path of confrontation by announcing a partial mobilisation in Russia, by supporting the organisation of illegal ‘referenda’ in the Ukrainian territories.

    In which currently being occupied by Russia and by threatening again with the use of weapons of mass destruction, Borrell said in a statement.

    “The references to nuclear weapons do not shake our determination, resolve and unity to stand by Ukraine.

    “Our comprehensive support to Ukraine’s ability to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty as long as it takes,’’ he added.

    Earlier in the day, Putin inked a decree to partially mobilise the reservists in the country’s armed forces, sparking protests in several Russian cities.

    As Putin looked  for ways to throw more resources at his troubled invasion of Ukraine, he warned other states not to attack Russian territory and alluded to nuclear retribution if someone chose to do so.

    “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will absolutely use all available means to protect Russia and our people.

    “This is not a bluff,’’ he said in a televised address.

    Hundreds of Russian demonstrators were detained at rallies against the mobilisation measure.

    Civil rights group OVD-Info counted 1,350 arrests by Wednesday evening across 38 cities across the vast country, where anti-government rallies were routinely repressed.

    It said 500 demonstrators were held in Moscow and 556 in St Petersburg.

    Putin announced the mobilisation as he said that he would support planned referendums in the occupied regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya later this week, in which people would be asked to join Russia.

    The vote had been panned as a sham by the West, as it was being conducted during a military occupation and without outside oversight.

    However, if Putin were to be able to report that these areas had voted to become Russian, any attack by Ukraine to free them would fall under his threat of doing anything to protect his country’s territorial integrity.

    Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said some 300,000 reservists of 25 million available would be called up.

    Shoigu also put the losses suffered by Russia’s army during its invasion of Ukraine at 5,937 personnel.

    It was  the first time in months that Russia had officially published figures.

    Independent observers, however, believed Russia’s losses were significantly higher.

    The call to mobilisation prompted criticism from Ukraine and further abroad, with many saying it was  a sign that Putin’s gambit was failing.

    “All this can only be explained against the background of the fact that the Russian attack on Ukraine has not been successful,’’ a government spokesperson quoted German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as saying in Berlin on Wednesday.

    U.

    S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Putin’s latest move “reflects the Kremlin’s struggles on the battlefield, the unpopularity of the war, and Russians’ unwillingness to fight in it.

    ’’ “President Putin is not operating from a position of strength,’’ Blinken said in a statement.

    “Rather, this is another sign of his failing mission.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen echoed Blinken’s comments, telling CNN Putin was showing his weakness.

    ’’ Von der Leyen also said that Putin “will have to pay massive costs’’ for the invasion, adding that we would never bow to blackmail over Putin’s nuclear threat.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the UNGA the move showed Russia was not interested in peace.

    “They talk about the talks but announce a military mobilization.

    They talk about the talks but announce pseudo referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine,’’ Zelensky said.

    “Russia wants war.

    ’’ U.

    S. President Joe Biden told the assembly that the war “is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple.

    And Ukraine’s right to exist as a people.

    ’’ Meanwhile, Kiev announced that 215 people, including fighters captured at the Azovstal steelworks in Ukraine, were exchanged for pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk and Russian soldiers in a major prisoner swap.


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  •  A Russian missile has hit a nuclear power plant in the south of Ukraine according to President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev He accused Russia on Monday of endangering the whole world We must stop it while it is not too late he wrote on social media The South Ukraine nuclear plant is located just under 300 kilometres south of the capital Kiev Three reactors with a net capacity of 2 850 megawatts were all in operation The Ukrainian state nuclear power plant operator Enerhoatom also reported a missile attack on the industrial site near the plant Three high voltage power lines and a facility of the nearby hydroelectric power plant were damaged In the nuclear power plant building itself more than 100 windows were destroyed by the blast wave The company published photos of a crater having four metres in diameter and two metres deep The shelling of facilities further east at the Russian occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant over the past several weeks has raised international concern about a potential nuclear disaster The nuclear power plant in Southern Ukraine was under Ukrainian government control NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zelensky: Russian missile strikes near Southern Ukraine nuclear plant
     A Russian missile has hit a nuclear power plant in the south of Ukraine according to President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev He accused Russia on Monday of endangering the whole world We must stop it while it is not too late he wrote on social media The South Ukraine nuclear plant is located just under 300 kilometres south of the capital Kiev Three reactors with a net capacity of 2 850 megawatts were all in operation The Ukrainian state nuclear power plant operator Enerhoatom also reported a missile attack on the industrial site near the plant Three high voltage power lines and a facility of the nearby hydroelectric power plant were damaged In the nuclear power plant building itself more than 100 windows were destroyed by the blast wave The company published photos of a crater having four metres in diameter and two metres deep The shelling of facilities further east at the Russian occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant over the past several weeks has raised international concern about a potential nuclear disaster The nuclear power plant in Southern Ukraine was under Ukrainian government control NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zelensky: Russian missile strikes near Southern Ukraine nuclear plant
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    Zelensky: Russian missile strikes near Southern Ukraine nuclear plant

    A Russian missile has hit a nuclear power plant in the south of Ukraine, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev.   He accused Russia on Monday of endangering the whole world.  

    “We must stop it while it is not too late,’’ he wrote on social media.  

    The South Ukraine nuclear plant is located just under 300 kilometres south of the capital Kiev.   Three reactors with a net capacity of 2,850 megawatts were all in operation.  

    The Ukrainian state nuclear power plant operator, Enerhoatom, also reported a missile attack on the industrial site near the plant.  

    Three high-voltage power lines and a facility of the nearby hydroelectric power plant were damaged.  

    In the nuclear power plant building itself, more than 100 windows were destroyed by the blast wave.  

    The company published photos of a crater having four metres in diameter and two metres deep.  

    The shelling of facilities further east at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant over the past several weeks has raised international concern about a potential nuclear disaster.  

    The nuclear power plant in Southern Ukraine was under Ukrainian government control.   


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