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Pro-Russian leaders of Luhansk, Kherson ask Putin to annex

As the conflict entered its 217th day and authorities in four Moscow-controlled regions declared victory in annexation votes, Ukraine called on Western powers to increase military aid.

Ukraine and its allies have denounced the Moscow-backed referendum as a hoax, saying the West will never recognize the results of the vote.(AA)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Ukraine’s Luhansk, Kherson pro-Kremlin leader urges Putin to annex regions

Pro-Moscow leaders of Ukraine’s Luhansk and Kherson regions have called on President Vladimir Putin to formally annex the territories to Russia, claiming that residents supported the move in a referendum. .

The leader of the Kremlin-backed segregated Luhansk region, Leonid Pasechnik, appealed to President Putin on Wednesday, claiming that residents there had been under attack by Ukrainian forces for eight years.

His announcement was followed by a similar appeal from Vladimir Sard, the leader of the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, who was captured by Russia after the military operation in Moscow began on February 24.

Kremlin says blaming Russia for Nord Stream gas leak is ‘ridiculous’

The Kremlin said it was “stupid and absurd” to conclude that Russia was behind the gas leak in the Nordstream pipeline to Europe, and was seen as a “deliberate act” by the EU.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday after Ukraine said the leak was a “terrorist attack” by Moscow: “Giving a voice to this kind of story is very predictable. and also predictably ridiculous.

Kremlin: Continue attack until at least all Donetsk regions are under control

The Kremlin said it must continue “special military operations” in Ukraine until Russia takes full control of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a telephone call with reporters that the military operation in Ukraine would continue “at least” until the “Liberation” of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, the Russian-backed region. referred to the government of

Russian recruits train near Crimea-Ukraine border

Moscow said training of newly mobilized reservists had begun across Russia, including the Rostov region on the Ukrainian border and the Crimea peninsula, which was taken over from Ukraine in 2014.

The Defense Ministry said Wednesday on its Telegram channel that exercises had also begun in the Kaliningrad enclave, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

In Rostov-on-Don, where Russian forces assembled before attacking Ukraine on February 24, the foreign ministry said all personnel had already been “provided with the necessary clothing, received weapons and began firing drills.”

1-2 Weeks Before Nord Stream Leaks Can Be Inspected: Denmark

The Danish defense minister said it could take up to two weeks before an unexplained gas leak in the Baltic Nordstream pipeline is inspected.

Due to the pressure in the pipes and the amount of gas leaking, “the reality is that it could easily take a week or two for the area to settle down enough to really see what happened,” Morten Bozkov said. The minister told reporters on Wednesday. On the sidelines of a meeting with the NATO Secretary General in Brussels.

“There was a very large explosion, so it will take some time to get there,” the minister said.

Russian strike cuts power in much of Ukraine’s Kharkov

Russia launched a salvo of missiles overnight in Kharkov, Ukraine’s second-largest city, officials said Wednesday.

Kharkov Governor Oleg Sinegubov said on Wednesday that Russian forces had launched S-300 missiles. This anti-aircraft weapon is now often repurposed to hit civilian targets in Ukrainian cities.

No casualties were reported, but the regional energy company said 18,500 customers in Shevchenkivsky, Horodnogilsky and Novobavarsky districts of the city were without power.

Opposition says ‘political suicide’ if Belarus joins fighting

Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said President Alexander Lukashenko would commit “political suicide” if he involved the Belarusian army in the fighting in neighboring Ukraine.

Tikhanovskaya won Belarus’ 2020 presidential election but is now in exile in Lithuania after Lukashenko launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition.

“If he enlists our army It would be political suicide for him.” “Even those who are in favor of this regime[and]Lukashenko’s allies, they are against the war in Ukraine.”

Russian Defense Ministry says Ukrainian attack on Lyman in Donetsk failed

The Russian Defense Ministry said the Ukrainian military offensive against the Russian-held town of Raiman in the Donetsk region had failed, killing 70 Ukrainian soldiers.

Reuters was unable to verify the battlefield report.

Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia ordered troops into Ukraine on February 24, has been at the center of fighting since Ukraine’s lightning strike earlier this month. In recent days, both Ukrainian and Russian analysts have suggested that Kyiv forces are trying to surround the town.

Ukraine ‘will never agree to Russia’s ultimatum’

Ukraine said that Russia’s vote to become part of Russia in four regions of Ukraine was “pointless and worthless”, and Kyiv was called to liberate Ukrainian territories occupied by Russian forces. said it will continue its efforts.

Ukraine’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Ukraine would never agree to Russia’s ultimatum and urged international partners to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow and provide more military aid to Kyiv. .

It said the Russian-organized “referendum” was a sham, “has nothing to do with a declaration of will” and would not affect Ukraine’s “administrative territorial system and internationally recognized borders”. rice field.

Forcing people in these areas (where the separatist votes were held) to fill out some forms with the barrel of a gun was yet another Russian crime in the course of its invasion of Ukraine. is

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Regions of Ukraine occupied to ask Putin to annex them

Officials in the Russian-backed occupied territories of Ukraine said they would ask President Vladimir Putin to incorporate them into the Russian Federation. claimed to support

Pro-Moscow officials in the eastern Luhansk region and the partially occupied southern Zaporizhia region said they would make the request on Wednesday. The administration of the neighboring Russian-backed occupied Kherson region said such a request to Putin would be made “in the coming days.”

EU condemns ‘faked results’ of vote in Ukraine

The EU has condemned Russia’s “illegal” annexation votes in four occupied territories of Ukraine and its “falsified” results, said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

“The EU condemns the illegal ‘referendum’ and falsification of its results,” Borrell tweeted.

EU considers Nord Stream pipeline leak ‘deliberate act’

The European Union believes this week’s leaks from two undersea gas pipelines in Russia and Germany show it was a “deliberate act” rather than “an accident,” Brock said. Foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

Borrell expressed “deep concern” about the leaks of Nord Stream 1 and 2, and in a statement calling for an investigation, said: “All available information indicates that these leaks were the result of deliberate acts. “There are.”

Canada imposes new sanctions on Russia over ‘fake’ referendum in Ukraine

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he intends to impose new sanctions over Russia’s “fake” referendum in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

“Canada has not and will not recognize the results of these mock referendums or Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Ukrainian territory,” Trudeau said in a statement.

Ukraine conflict hits ex-Soviet growth: EBRD Bank

The European Development Bank predicts that sharp inflation and declining gas supplies, boosted by Russia’s attack on Ukraine, will hurt growth in the former Soviet bloc next year.

The bank’s investment zone is set for 3% growth next year. However, the EBRD had previously predicted a massive 4.7% expansion for him in the region, which includes countries ranging from Albania to Poland to Morocco.

The bank continues to note that many EBRD member countries are ‘heavy’ dependent on gas for their energy needs.

The outlook for next year is bleak due to negative factors related to high energy prices, the Ukraine war, inflation and an expected slowdown in Western Europe.

Beata Javorcik, EBRD Chief Economist

Italy’s Meloni says Ukraine can count on her

Italy’s future prime minister-to-be, nationalist leader Giorgia Meloni, has pledged her full support for Kyiv after receiving election victory congratulations from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In a tweet late Tuesday, a day after Meloni and her right-wing allies won an overwhelming majority, Zelensky said she looked forward to “fruitful cooperation with the new government.”

Meloni replied without hesitation. “Dear Mr. Zelensky, you know that you can count on our loyal support for the cause of freedom of the Ukrainian people.”

US prepares $1.1 billion new arms package for Ukraine

The US is preparing a new $1.1 billion arms package for the fight against Ukraine against Russia, which is due to be announced soon, said a US official on condition of anonymity. .

The package includes a HIMARS launcher system, accompanying munitions, various types of anti-drone systems, radar systems, spares, training and technical support, said a source briefed on the plan.

It is hoped that funds from Congress-allocated funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative will be used to allow the Biden administration to procure weapons from industry rather than from existing US arms stockpiles.

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