Volodymyr Zelensky calls on Russians to oppose the partial military mobilization announced by Vladimir Putin, which has sparked protests and a fresh exodus from Russia. Ukraine’s president said in his daily address on Thursday: “55,000 Russian soldiers were killed in these six months of war … Want more? No? Then protest, fight back, flee, or surrender” to the Ukrainian military. front.
Draft letters have been handed out to thousands of men across Russia following the announcement of mobilization. were among the callers since Putin’s announcement on Wednesday Protesting Russians were detained Against the mobilization, said the independent OVD-Info protest monitoring group.
Traffic increased at Russian border crossings with Finland and Georgia The announcement of mobilization raised fears that men of fighting age would be called to the front lines in Ukraine. Prices for one-way flights from Moscow to the nearest foreign destinations exceeded $5,000 (£4,435), with most air tickets sold out in the coming days. Photos show long tailback At border crossings with Finland and Georgia.
In response, the Prime Minister of Finland said that his government was considering ways to reduce Russian tourism and transit through Finland. “The desire of the government is very clear: we believe in Russian tourism” [to Finland] Must be stopped, as well as transit through Finland.” Sanna Marin told reporters,
The Kremlin has dismissed reports of exodus of fighting-age Russian men as “exaggerated”., Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also refused to deny Russian media reports that some Anti-mobilization protesters were detained on Wednesday night Draft papers were given, Saying: “It’s not against the law.”
Putin giving direct instructions to generals in the region, CNN reported. According to two sources familiar with US and Western intelligence, direct orders from the Russian president to generals “hinted on the failed command structure” that has affected Russian forces on the battlefield. spoke to CNN.
NATO condemns plans to hold “referendum” joining the Russian Federation Russian occupied territories in Ukraine, described them as Moscow’s “tremendous attempt at territorial conquest”. The “evening referendum” in the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson has no validity, Coalition said.
Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, wants EU sanctions Russia picked up by the end of the yearA pro-government daily newspaper said. Putin’s ally Orban has frequently raided Russia against sanctions imposed on his invasion Ukraine,
Many Ukrainians show signs of violent torture in largest prisoner swap with Russia since the start of the invasionUkraine’s military intelligence chief said on Thursday, On Wednesday, Ukraine announced the exchange of a record-high 215 imprisoned soldiers with RussiaIncluding fighters leading the defense of Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks, which became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance.
Britain’s foreign secretary, James Cleverley, said he was “not surprised” that Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, walked out of a UN Security Council meeting. “I don’t think Mr. Lavrov wants to hear a collective condemnation of this council,” deftly said at the United Nations.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly reprimanded Russia for its “totally unacceptable” nuclear threats. Speaking at the start of a UN Security Council meeting a day after Putin bet on his invasion of Ukraine, Guterres said Moscow plans to annex parts of Ukraine There were “violations of the United Nations Charter and international law”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also denied reports that an undisclosed clause in Putin’s mobilization decree provided for 1 million reservists To be enlisted to fight in Ukraine. “It’s a lie,” said Peskov. in response to A report from Novaya Gazeta,
five britain Meeting their families released from Russia After several months of imprisonment, in which it was feared that he would be executed for fighting for Ukraine. behind was a big diplomatic effort the release of five Britons Those who were released by Russia on Wednesday to Saudi Arabia along with two Americans, a Moroccan, a Croatian and a Swedish national.