Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decrees recognizing the “independence” of the Ukrainian regions of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. Tass reports it. Moscow had already recognized the other two Ukrainian regions, Donetsk and Lugansk, as independent from Kiev, on the eve of the invasion of Ukraine in February. With a ceremony in the Kremlin, Putin will sign the unilateral annexation of the four regions tomorrow after the sham referendum imposed by Russia, deemed illegal by the international community.
Russian President Putin, who had a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Erdogan, specified that the military mobilization in Russia remains “partial” and concerns only reservists who already have military experience. Therefore, if there have been cases of “illegal mobilization” people who have been called to arms by mistake must be immediately allowed to return to civilian life.
EU DOES NOT ACCEPT ANNEXES
“Tomorrow at 3.00 pm (2 pm in Italy) in the Grand Palace of the Kremlin, in the Sala di San Giorgio, a ceremony will be held to sign the agreements on the entry of all 4 new Ukrainian territories in which the referendum in the Federation was held Russian. In this event there will be a full speech by President Putin, “Peskov said. The EU reiterates that it will never accept annexation. Draghi had a new phone conversation with Zelensky today. The Italian premier said he considered the referendums held by the Russian Federation illegal and that our government’s support for Ukraine will not be lacking.
“The United States will never, never, ever recognize Russia’s claims to Ukraine’s sovereign territories,” US President Joe Biden said at a summit in Washington with Pacific Island leaders.
THE NEW EU SANCTIONS – “The elements that have emerged on the next EU sanctions package on Russia do not correspond to the scale of Putin’s escalation and the threat it poses to Europe and the whole world. We encourage the EU to hit Putin harder to stop him. This is a crucial moment “. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba writes on Twitter about the eighth sanctions package proposed by the EU Commission.
“If the new sanctions package” against Moscow proposed by the EU “includes restrictive measures on energy, Hungary will not support it,” said the minister of the presidency of the Hungarian Council of Ministers, Gergely Gulyas, at a press conference.
FINLAND CLOSES ITS BORDERS
Finland has decided to close the borders to Russian ‘tourists’ starting from the night between Thursday and Friday. This was stated by the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat which announces a government press conference for today to explain the new rules for the entry of Russians to the border with the aim, writes the newspaper, “of reducing the arrival of Russians in Finland until half of the current level “. The Finnish government has confirmed the closure of the eastern border starting at midnight. Since then, Russian citizens will only be able to enter Finland for some particular and proven reasons, such as visits to relatives, for work or to receive medical treatment. Finnish interior minister Krista Mikkonen said “all entry requests will be considered individually” adding that anyone who wants “can apply for asylum or try to cross the border illegally. But we are prepared,” the minister told the minister. public broadcaster Yle.
BOMBING ON THE FIELD
A Russian cluster bomb raid hit a bus stop in Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, causing at least two deaths and 12 injuries. The president of the Mykolaiv Regional Council, Hanna Zamazeyeva, reported on Telegram as Russian missiles hit a residential area in the eastern city of Dnipro: three civilians, including a child, were killed, five wounded. This was announced by the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration Valenyn Reznichenko, quoted by Ukrinform. “The Russians hit Dnipro with missiles in the night, targeting residential areas. At the moment, three civilians have been reported killed, including a child. Five have been injured, including a 12-year-old girl,” Reznichenko wrote. “Rescuers are clearing the rubble where other people may be.”
KIEV: ‘MOSCOW HAS ALREADY MOBILIZED OVER 100 THOUSAND CONSCRIBED’
“In Russia, after the announcement of the partial mobilization, conscription by those responsible for military service is actively continuing. Currently, more than 100,000 of the 300,000 people announced have already been summoned. We believe that the figure of 300,000 is not the definitive one. . It is very likely that the number of those mobilized will be considerably higher “. This was stated by the Deputy Chief of the Directorate of the Ukrainian General Staff, Alexei Gromov, quoted by Ukraine Pravda, also stating that the mobilization would have started before the announcement of 21 September, according to what was revealed by some prisoners of war.
“Dozens” of refugees fleeing the Kharkiv region were killed in the bombing of their convoy by Ukrainian forces, according to Rodion MIroshnik, head of the representative office of the self-proclaimed Republic of Lugansk. This was reported by the Russian agency Ria Novosti. There are also 18 Himars rocket launchers with related ammunition in the new $ 1.1 billion US military aid package in Kiev. The Pentagon reported this, however explaining that the Himars are part of long-term defensive needs and will be delivered in a few years. In fact, Washington will buy them from producers, it will not take them from its own arsenals, as it has done so far.