Russia Ukraine War News Updates Live: Russian President Vladimir Putin in his televised speech announced that if the territorial integrity of Russia is threatened, the country will without a doubt use all available means to protect its people. Putin reiterated the alleged threat by saing, “This is not a bluff.” Putin’s words were met with strong condemnation from US and Canada. US President Joe Biden had said that Moscow was making “irresponsible” threats to use nuclear weapons. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau too had condemned Putin’s mobilisation order by saying that the threats from Russia to use nuclear weapons clearly show that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is failing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of civilians on Wednesday to fight in Ukraine with the intent to bolster his forces. The announcement didn’t go down well with the Russians as thousands took to streets sparking protests across the country. As per multiple media reports, people were seen taking part in demonstrations and demanding Putin to take back his decision and “let the children live.” Nearly 1,400 arrests were made in these anti-war demonstrations in Moscow, St. Petersburg among other cities, according to a rights group. This is Russia’s first wartime mobilisation since World War Two.
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Russia Ukraine War Updates: Thousands of Russians are protesting Putin’s decision of partially-mobilising the troops to fight in Ukraine.
Poland is the Ukrainian ally that has taken in the most refugees, and President Andrzej Duda made 34 references to the country in his speech Tuesday. “We must not forget those who are suffering,” Duda said. “Let us remember that six months of Russian aggression in Ukraine has brought the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II.” But Duda also highlighted how Ukraine has captured the world's attention when many other momentous crises outside of Europe have not. “Were we equally resolute during the tragedies of Syria, Libya, Yemen? Did we not return to business as usual after two great tragedies of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the wars in the Horn of Africa, and while condemning the invasion of Ukraine, do we give equal weight to fighting mercenaries who seek to destabilize the Sahel and threaten many other states in Africa?” he said. (AP)
“If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequences, then we put at risk everything this very institution stands for. Everything.” Zelenskky opined that Moscow wants to spend the winter preparing its forces in Ukraine for a new offensive, or at least preparing fortifications while mobilizing more troops in the largest military conflict in Europe since the Second World War. “Russia wants war. It’s true. But Russia will not be able to stop the course of history,” he said, declaring that “mankind and the international law are stronger” than what he called a “terrorist state.” Laying out various “preconditions for peace” in Ukraine that sometimes reached into broader prescriptions for improving the global order, he urged world leaders to strip Russia of its vote in international institutions and U.N. Security Council veto, saying that aggressors need to be punished and isolated. (AP)
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told his ruling Fidesz party that sanctions against Russia imposed by the European Union should be scrapped, the pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet reported late on Wednesday.
Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs confirmed the comments in an emailed reply to Reuters.
Ukrainian soldiers have recovered dead bodies from mass grave in areas recovered from Russian forces (AP)
Reuters has reported that Russia has freed 215 Ukrainians held after Mariupol battle, as per Ukrainian sources. The freed prisoners include the commander and deputy commander of the Azov battalion that did much of the fighting, said Andriy Yermak, the head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's office.
Ukrainian forces have seized dozens of Russian tanks left by fleeing forces
“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will without doubt use all available means to protect Russia and our people – this is not a bluff,” Putin said in his televised address.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said to his ruling party that sanctions against Russia which have been imposed by the European Union should be scrapped, the pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet reported on Wednesday.
China will continue to be “objective” and “fair” on Ukraine, foreign minister Wang Yi told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, reported Reuters.
US President Joe Biden had said that Moscow was making “irresponsible” threats to use nuclear weapons. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau too had condemned Putin's mobilisation order.
According to a Reuters report, Security forces in Russia have detained almost 1,400 people in 38 Russian cities who were protesting against mobilisation of troops, a rights group said.
Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed that his troops would win back every inch of territory but also highlighted the fact that it can't be done without arms and that Ukraine would need time.
Putin in his televised address declared that he was serious about using everything at his disposal to protect Russia. In the past, he rebuked NATO countries for supporting Ukraine by supplying weapons to them.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also come out to condemn Vladimir Putin's military mobilisation order. Trudeau expressed that the threats from Russia to use nuclear weapons clearly show that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is failing.
Police detain protestors during demonstrations for anti-mobilisation of Russian troops. (Image Source: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Following an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers on Wednesday, the European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has promised new sanctions against Russia. Borrell didn't say when the new sanctions would be implied but said that they would come “as soon as possible”.
Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest against mobilization, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. (Image Source: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is demanding UN to impose “just punishment” on Russia for its war against Ukraine. This demand includes financial penalties and stripping Moscow of its veto power in the Security Council.
Russia and Ukraine carried out an unexpected prisoner swap on Wednesday. This is being regarded as one of the largest prisoner swaps since the war began. The swap involved almost 300 people including 10 foreigners. As per a Reuters report, the foreigners released included two Britons and a Moroccan who had been sentenced to death in June after being captured fighting for Ukraine.