The first pictures of men mobilized in Russia
Videos of men greeting their relatives and boarding buses began to circulate on social networks, captured on the spot by Russian media or journalists. According to the descriptions of the men mobilized to come and gather the ranks of the Russian forces in Ukraine.
55 Russian soldiers returned to Russia after prisoner exchange with Ukraine
Fifty-five Russian servicemen have returned to Russia after the largest military prisoner exchange with Kyiv since the start of the offensive in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday.
“All servicemen arrived on the territory of the Russian Federation by military aircraft and are in the ministry’s medical institutions,” Russian Defense said in a press release, without mentioning former Ukrainian deputy Viktor Medvetsuk, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. And handed over on Wednesday according to kyiv.
For Emmanuel Macron, war in Ukraine “will only end around the table”
On the presidential plane that brought him from New York, Emmanuel Macron again hammered home the importance of returning to talks between Kyiv and Moscow in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
“This can only end around a table,” the president said, calling for a “negotiated peace” between the two countries.
Finally, he returned to the difficulties Moscow’s army faced in the field of operations, with a successful Ukrainian counteroffensive in the east of the country. “We are at an inflection point. Russia is in more trouble than expected,” he said.
“France is a legitimate nuclear power”, Emmanuel Macron recalled
Vladimir Putin once again threatened a nuclear strike on Wednesday, while Emmanuel Macron on Thursday signaled the importance of not succumbing to unanimity.
“It’s never good to make political fiction, it’s better to make this stuff even less. We then get caught up in the escalation game”, he warned.
“France is a legitimate nuclear power,” he said. Then add: “We have our credibility, France is a great power”.
Emmanuel Macron says it’s “our duty to stand our ground” on Ukraine war
In an exclusive interview with BFMTV, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was “our duty to keep our way” in the context of the war in Ukraine.
A line in helping Kiev “defend its territory”. But he reiterated, “We are not at war with Russia.”
For Emmanuel Macron, “Russia is being cut off from the rest of the world.”
As for Emmanuel Macron, the president declared that “Russia is in the process of being cut off from the rest of the world, which has had an economy that has consolidated in recent decades” and has been damaged by sanctions. Exclusive BFMTV interview on the Presidential flight back from New York on September 21.
“Russia is in the process of isolating itself diplomatically,” he reiterated, referring to recent statements by India and China to distance themselves from Russia. “In this context, I think our duty is to help Ukraine defend its border – Russia can never be attacked, we are not at war with Russia – but to help Ukraine resist” .
“Russia has decided to take a step on the rise”, begins Emmanuel Macron on BFMTV
Vladimir Putin on Wednesday threatened to arm the West and announced a partial mobilization for war in Ukraine. “Obviously it’s blackmail,” Emmanuel Macron said during an exclusive BFMTV interview on the presidential flight back from New York on September 21.
But “the danger remains” because Russia has nuclear weapons. For the president, “it’s a way to put pressure on at a difficult time in this war,” especially since Ukraine is defending itself better than Moscow expected.
“Russia has decided to take a step on the rise”, begins Emmanuel Macron.
WHO counts 550 attacks on health centers in Ukraine
WHO Ukraine reported in a tweet that between February 24 and September 9, 550 attacks against health centers in Ukraine “killed 100 people and injured 129”. “Health should never be the goal,” the organization writes.
“We start arresting people on the street” in Moscow
Recruitment began directly after the announcement of partial mobilization of the Russian population for the war in Ukraine, according to Daniel Kashnitsky, a Russian teacher-researcher who has taken refuge in France since the start of the war.
“I’m in touch with my friends in Moscow, and they say we’re starting to arrest people on the street,” he says, “calling them under the flag by filling out forms” to join the army.
The son of a renegade Kremlin spokesman?
A group of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny released a video In it he implicates the son of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. As part of regional mobilization for war in Ukraine, activists pose as members of the police and invite Nikolai Peskov to the police station. The son later clarifies that his social status makes him unaffected by Vladimir Putin’s announcement.
“Of course I won’t come to the police station. You have to understand that I’m Mr. Peskov, it’s not really for me… I’ll solve this problem anyway, I’ll solve it on a different level”, he declares.
A report that the Russian president’s announcements on Wednesday go wrong has angered some Russians who want to leave the country, or show their displeasure.
EU considers new sanctions against Russia
The EU’s foreign policy chief, Joseph Borrell, said on Wednesday evening that 27 new sanctions against Russia were being examined after the “escalation” announced by Moscow.
Joseph Borrell issued the statement after an informal extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers in New York, when they adopted a statement “strongly condemning Russia’s recent expansion”. “We will continue to increase our military assistance and explore new sanctions against Russia,” he said.
Among the Russians, “the only thing that still works well is the cannon.”
“The Russians are retreating territorially, they no longer have air control, the only thing that still works well for them is artillery”, explains this Thursday on BFMTV Alain Bauer, security issues and defense experts.
“To destroy these artillery pieces, you have to go deep into Russian territory,” he explains, to destroy munitions centers or fuel depots. Today “there is no bombing on the other side of the border, there are special forces, Ukrainian commandos who went to blow up depots”.
Few weapons “do more damage than a tactical nuclear weapon,” says Alain Bauer
Alain Bauer, an expert on security and defense issues, explains on BFMTV this Thursday morning that tactical nuclear disarmament is not synonymous with total destruction. “We have conventional weapons that do more damage than a tactical nuclear weapon: fuel oil bombs, for example, the bombs used in Iraq or the first Gulf War. These are weapons of extraordinary destruction,” he explains.
“The tactical nuclear arsenal is concentrated, limited and reduced to a very small object,” declares Alain Bauer. “It is done to destroy an armored concentration, a production center where there are a lot of units or weapons”, and if it is banned in the West, “for the Russians it always belongs to their arsenal”.
Interview with Emmanuel Macron to continue on BFMTV
An interview with President Emmanuel Macron on the war in Ukraine and the current international situation will be broadcast this Thursday morning on BFMTV.
215 prisoners were exchanged overnight
Ukraine announced overnight that it would exchange 215 soldiers with Russia from Wednesday to Thursday, including security chiefs at the Azovstal steelworks in the city of Mariupol, a symbol of resistance to the Russian invasion. Andriï Yermak, head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, announced on television that it was the largest exchange since the Russian invasion began in February.
In his daily address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia had freed 55 prisoners, including former MP Viktor Medvetsuk, a close friend of Vladimir Putin, who was accused of treason in Ukraine.
Zelensky demands ‘fair punishment’ against Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke out against Russia at the UN on Wednesday. Prior demanded “reasonable punishment”, calling for the establishment of a special court. “A crime has been committed against Ukraine, and we demand a just punishment against Russia,” President Zelensky said in an address to the UN General Assembly via video message.
The speech came after announcements by Vladimir Putin in the morning, threatening to arm the West and announcing the partial mobilization of at least 300,000 people.
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