ZAPORIZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russia on Thursday escalated its military and political campaign to seize Ukrainian territory, gather Russian military reserves for battle, prepare a vote on the annexation of the occupied territories, and A new deadly attack has been launched.
The day after President Vladimir Putin ordered Dramatic scenes of a tearful family saying goodbye to a man departing from Russia’s military mobilization center, a partial mobilization to reinforce his forces in Ukraine, have emerged on social media.
A video posted on Twitter in the eastern Siberian city of Neryungri showed a man emerging from a stadium. Before boarding the bus, the man hugged his family waiting outside, many crying and some sadly covering their mouths with their hands. A man picked up a child in the window of a bus and watched the end.
In Moscow, at another mobilization point, a woman hugged a man, cried, and signed a cross. A 25-year-old man who gave only his first name, Dmitry, was hugged by his father to “take care” as he parted.
Dmitry told Russian media company Ostrodino Novosti that he did not expect to be called up and shipped so quickly, especially since he is still a student.
“Nobody told me anything in the morning. They gave me a draft notice that I should be here at 3:00 pm.” went out and started calling my parents, brothers and all my friends to tell them to take me.
Western leaders ridiculed Putin’s order as an act of weakness and desperation. More than 1,300 Russians were arrested in anti-war demonstrations on Wednesday after he issued it, according to the independent Russian human rights group OVD-Info.More protests are planned for Saturday, organizers said. said that
Putin’s partial call-up lacked details, so much so that the Russian military announced Thursday it had set up a call center to answer questions. Some Russians rushed to buy plane tickets out of fear that the draft could grow. o flee the country;
Germany’s Interior Minister Nancy Feser has offered tangible assistance to potential deserters. She told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sontagzeitung that anyone who “has the courage to oppose the Putin regime and therefore puts himself in the greatest danger” can apply for asylum in Germany.
In the Kremlin’s territorial annexation campaign, pro-Moscow authorities in four Russian-held regions of Ukraine are planning voter referendums on becoming part of Russia from Friday. A similar referendum. Most of the world considers the 2014 annexation of Crimea illegal.
Referendums in Ukraine’s Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhia and Donetsk regions are scheduled to continue until Tuesday. Foreign leaders say the vote is illegal and non-binding. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said they were “fakes” and “noise” to distract the public.
In Luhansk, signs appear on the streets reading “Forever with Russia” and “Our Choice – Russia”, and volunteers hand out ribbons in the colors of the Russian flag, chanting “Russia is the future. Please join us!”
On the battlefield, Russian and Ukrainian forces exchanged missile and artillery barrages, with both sides conceding ground after nearly seven months of war, despite recent military setbacks against Moscow and costs to the aggressor. refused to do so.
A Russian missile strike in the southern Ukraine city of Zaporizhia has killed one person and wounded five, Ukrainian officials said. Officials in the separatist-held city of Donetsk said at least six people were killed in the Ukrainian artillery shelling.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the President of Ukraine Kirilo Tymoshenkoa hotel in Zaporizhia was attacked and rescue teams were trying to free people trapped in the rubble. He said he had damaged an apartment in the city that remained in his hands.
The mayor of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Alexey Kremzin, said Ukrainian shelling hit a covered market and a minibus. According to the Dnipropetrovsk regional governor, he had one dead overnight in a Russian shelling at Nikopol, across the river from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
As hostilities continued, the two sides managed to agree on a large-scale prisoner exchange. Ukrainian authorities have announced the exchange of 215 Ukrainian and foreign fighters. His 200 of them were exchanged for his one person who is an ally of Putin. Denis Pushirin, the self-proclaimed head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, has confirmed that pro-Russian Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Medvechuk is part of the swap.
Putin has repeatedly referred to Medvechuk as a victim of political repression. According to media reports, before the Russian invasion, Medvechuk was the frontrunner to lead the puppet government the Kremlin wanted to install in Ukraine.
Among the freed fighters, along with 10 foreigners, including 5 British citizens and 2 U.S. military veterans who fought with the Ukrainian army, were killed in Ukrainian forces at the Mariupol steelworks during the long Russian siege. I had an advocate. Some of those liberated were sentenced to death in Russian-occupied territories.
A video posted on the BBC news website on Thursday showed two released British men, Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner, talking on a plane en route home.
“I just want to let everyone know that we are now on our way out of the danger zone and on our way home to our families,” Aslin said in the video, while Pinner added:
The non-profit Presidium Network, which helps deliver aid to Kyiv, said Aslin, Pinner and three other Britons made it home safely and were reunited with their families on Thursday.
The continuation of Russian missile attacks and the commencement of the partial mobilization of Russians into the armed forces is an indication that the Kremlin has not been able to achieve its wartime objectives in light of recent battlefield losses and other setbacks that undermine its aura. He was suggesting that he was trying to dispel notions of weakness and weakness of resolve.Russian military might.
Senior Russian government officials on Thursday escalated tensions by repeating Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons if Russian territory was attacked.
Russia’s Security Council Vice-President Dmitry Medvedev said on his messaging app that strategic nuclear weapons are one option for defending Russian-controlled areas in eastern and southern Ukraine. The remarks appeared to serve as a warning that Moscow could also target Ukraine’s Western allies.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken responded Thursday, calling on all UN Security Council Members called for “sending a clear message to Russia” that the nuclear threat of war in Ukraine must be stopped.
Russia’s neighbors are nervous about possible threats from Russia. Estonia said training exercises began Thursday for nearly 2,900 reservists and volunteers, in apparent defiance of Moscow’s announcement of a partial military mobilization.
Andrew Katell contributed from New York.
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