As the Russo-Ukraine War enters its 211th day, we take a look at key developments.
The situation here is that it is Thursday 22nd September.
- Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky also urged the United Nations to punish Moscow for its aggression, called for a special tribunal and stripped the UN Security Council veto for Russia.
- Russia and Ukraine conducted a surprise prisoner swap involving nearly 300 people, including prisoners from the United States, the United Kingdom and Morocco, the largest since the invasion of Moscow nearly seven months ago.
- A police watchdog group said more than 1,300 people were arrested in demonstrations across Russia against President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of partial recruitment of civilians to fight in Ukraine.
The most welcome news is that five British nationals are being safely repatriated by Russian-backed proxies in eastern Ukraine, ending months of uncertainty and anguish for them and their families.
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 21, 2022
- Some countries, such as Latvia and Finland, suggested they would not provide asylum or asylum to people fleeing Russia after Putin announced a partial drafting of the reservoirs.
- One-way flights out of Russia soared in price and were sold out rapidly after Putin ordered an immediate call-up of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine.
- China called for a “ceasefire through dialogue” after Putin announced military mobilization.
- North Korea said it has never supplied arms to Russia and has no plans to do so, denouncing US claims of arms transfers for the Ukraine war as an attempt to “tarnish” its image. In.
- Russian-backed separatists in the occupied territories in Ukraine announced referendums for 23–27 September in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya provinces, which represent about 15 percent of Ukrainian territory.
- An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are set to fly to the International Space Station on a Russian-powered flight, despite rising tensions between Moscow and Washington over the invasion of Ukraine.
- Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said he did not believe the world would allow Putin to use nuclear weapons, as the Russian president said Moscow would use all means to defend its territory.
- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons was “dangerous and reckless rhetoric”.
- US President Joe Biden said Moscow was making “irresponsible” threats after the comments.
- The head of the UN’s nuclear agency, Rafael Grossi, said he would not abandon plans to build a security zone around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, despite Russian draft plans and moves to hold a referendum in the region.
- Ukrainian official Roman Primush said Ukraine is beginning work to destroy 12,000 square kilometers (4,633 sq mi) of territory snatched from Russian control in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region, which could take several years.
- Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 5,937 Russian soldiers have been killed since the start of the conflict, in Moscow’s first update on the casualties in the nearly six months.
- Uzbekistan’s state prosecutors warned citizens against joining foreign forces after Russia offered fast-track citizenship to those who signed up.
- EU foreign ministers agreed to prepare new sanctions on Russia and increase arms supplies to Kyiv.
- Germany nationalized the gas importer Unipar and Britain capped the cost of bulk electricity and gas for businesses.
- The Russian ruble recovered from a two-month low and Russian stocks narrowed losses after falling on news of the mobilization.
Credit: www.aljazeera.com /