The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has called on the international community to adopt a five-point formula to achieve peace and security in Ukraine, in an extensive and impassioned televised address to the UN general meeting on Wednesday. The points include punishment for crimes of aggression, protection of life, restoration of security and territorial integrity, security guarantees and Ukraine’s determination to continue to defend itself.
More than 1,300 protesters have been arrested during anti-mobilization demonstrations taking place across Russia. According to OVD infomore than 1,311 people have been detained in 38 cities across Russia, with most detainees in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
North Korea has said it has never supplied weapons or ammunition to Russia and has no plans to do so in the futureaccording to a statement from the state media service KCNA.
Russia has released 215 Ukrainians after a protracted battle for the port city of Mariupol earlier this year, including top military leaders, a senior official in Kiev said. Among the liberated Ukrainians was the commander and deputy commander of the Azov battalion that did much of the fighting, Andriy Yermak, the head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office, said.
Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Russian-occupied Melitipol in Ukraine, has urged local men to evacuate the city. amid mobilization orders from Russia, the Kiev Independent reports.
Finland said it was working on a federal strategy to “limit or completely prevent” tourism from Russia. after the invasion of Ukraine. “This national solution could include new legislation, which would be passed very soon,” Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told a news conference on Wednesday.
Five British nationals held by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine have been returned safely, British Prime Minister Liz Truss has said. Among those released was Aiden Aslin, a British-Ukrainian former aid worker from Nottinghamshire.
Saudi Foreign Ministry said Russia has released 10 captured foreign prisoners of war in Ukraine after mediation by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Among the freed were American citizens Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh.
Joe Biden has denounced Vladimir Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons as “reckless” and “irresponsible” and cited Russia’s planned annexation of more regions from Ukraine as “an exceedingly significant violation” of the UN charter. The US president spoke to the UN General Assembly, where he tried to stir the outrage of UN member states at the threat Putin’s actions and “imperial ambitions” posed to the UN’s founding values.
Earlier on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in Russia in a significant escalation that puts the country’s population and economy into wartime and sent shockwaves across Russia. The Russian president said in a televised speech that the “partial mobilization” was a direct response to the dangers of the west. According to the decree, the contracts of soldiers fighting in Ukraine are also extended until the end of the partial mobilization period.
Liz Truss and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called Putin’s speech on Wednesday “a sign of weakness”. They said in a joint statement after a meeting between the couple in New York that Putin’s calls for partial mobilization were “a sign that the Russian invasion is failing”.
Russia fired a series of long-range missiles at Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv Early Wednesday, hours after the Kremlin announced plans to annex Ukrainian territory and carry out the partial mobilization. At around 2 a.m., explosions were heard in Kharkov. At least one rocket hit a high-rise apartment in the western Zalutino neighborhood. Ten residents were injured.
Ukraine’s security service has released a recording of an intercepted call from a Russian soldier in which he appears to be complaining about the setbacks faced by Russian troops in the past months. “The locals hate us here. Ours are raping local women,” the soldier seemed to say into the phone, adding that there was little to no chance of him returning home any time soon.