Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 215

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As the Russo-Ukraine War enters its 215th day, we take a look at key developments.

The situation here is that it is on Monday 26 September.

Russian mobilization

  • A gunman is detained after he opened fire at a draft office in the Irkutsk region of Russia.
  • Two of Russia’s most senior legislators addressed complaints about Russia’s recruitment drive, ordering regional authorities to regain control of the situation and swiftly resolve the “excesses” that are fueling public anger.
  • Police clashed with people opposing the draft in the southern Russian region of Dagestan, underscoring the level of dissatisfaction with President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send hundreds of thousands of people to fight in Ukraine.


  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine had discovered two more mass burial sites containing the bodies of hundreds of people in the northeastern city of Izium, which Kyiv withdrew from Russia this month.
  • Ukraine and Russia traded allegations of attacks on civilians in southern Ukraine.
  • Ukraine’s military said Russian forces carried out dozens of missile strikes and airstrikes on military and civilian targets in the past 24 hours.
  • Ukraine’s military said Russia also used drones to strike the center of the southern city of Odessa. There was no report of any casualties.
  • Russia denies intentionally attacking civilians. Its RIA state news agency reported that Ukrainian forces bombed a hotel in the city of Kherson, killing two people. The southern city has been occupied by Russian forces since the early days of the invasion.
  • A group of Sri Lankans held captive by Russian forces at an agricultural factory in eastern Ukraine endured months of torture before fleeing on foot as the Russians withdrew from the Kharkiv region.


  • Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadim Pristyko, issued a petition calling for patience and generosity for those who house the refugees.
  • “We expected the sponsorship agreement to be reached for a period of six months between the majority of UK citizens and the Ukrainians who came here,” he said. “I hope that the generosity, tolerance, kindness, patience of these people will allow us to connect with Ukrainians who still need some support here.”
  • The United States warned of “disastrous consequences” if Moscow would use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, as Russia’s foreign minister said if the plebiscite regions would receive full protection.


  • Russia launched a referendum aimed at annexing the four occupied territories, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western countries, who dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognize the results.
  • The Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, could debate bills on Thursday that would include Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine into Russia, the state-run TASS news agency said, citing an unnamed source.
  • Votes were hurriedly held in the provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, when Ukraine in a retaliatory retaliation took over large areas of the northeast.
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