© Reuters. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is captured on a video screen as he delivers his recorded speech at the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2022. REUTERS / Mike Segar
By Pavel Polityuk and Michelle Nichols
KYIV/NEW YORK (Reuters) -Russia pushed on Thursday with its biggest enlistment impetus since World War Two, sending some men flocking abroad, while Ukraine demanded “sanctions.” for a seven-month invasion that shocked the world.
President Vladimir Putin’s order to mobilize 300,000 more Russians escalates a war that has killed thousands, displaced millions, ruined cities, damaged the global economy and damaged the global economy. revive the Cold War confrontation.
Mass enlistment could be the riskiest domestic move in Putin’s two decades in power, after the Kremlin promised it wouldn’t and a string of defeats on the battlefield in Ukraine.
A monitoring group said anti-war protests in 38 Russian cities saw more than 1,300 people arrested on Wednesday. Several people were served summons to report to the enlistment offices on Thursday, the first day of enlistment, independent news agencies said.
Airfares from Moscow skyrocketed above $5,000 for one-way flights to the nearest foreign destinations, most of which sold out in the coming days. Traffic also spiked at the border crossings with Finland and Georgia.
“Everybody is (relevant),” said one man, who identified himself as Sergey, getting off the train in Belgrade after a flight from Moscow. “Fear of war is okay.”
A Russian man arriving at Istanbul airport said he had partially ignored the Kremlin’s decision. “It seems like a very bad move and it could lead to a lot of problems for a lot of Russians,” said Alex, grabbing his suitcase at the baggage carousel.
The Kremlin said reports of a mass exodus were exaggerated.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on the United Nations to set up a special court and strip Moscow of its veto power over the UN Security Council as a diplomatic confrontation emerged Thursday in New York.
“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand punishment only,” Zelenskiy, wearing his signature green military t-shirt, told world leaders by video at the University of annual UN council on Wednesday.
The Security Council was unable to take significant action on Ukraine because Russia is a permanent member with veto power, along with the United States, France, Britain and China.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will face his Ukrainian and Western counterparts when United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan announce the 15-member panel later in the day. Thursday.
BLASTS HAVE REFERENCES
On the ground, the Russian military fired nine missiles at the city of Zaporizhzhia, hitting a hotel and a power station, said regional governor Oleksandr Starukh. At least one person died with others trapped under the rubble, he said. Zaporizhzhia is about 50 kilometers (31 mi) from the nuclear plant of the same name.
In the southern Russian city of Melitopol, also in the Zaporizhzhia region, an explosion hit a crowded market. The city’s exiled mayor said it had killed three soldiers and was staged by occupation forces to accuse Ukraine of terrorism, while a member of the Russian-installed local government accused special agencies of Ukrainian authorities tried to sow terror before the vote.
Pro-Moscow regional leaders announced referendums on Russia’s participation from Friday to September 27 in the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia provinces – about 15% of Ukraine’s territory.
Ukraine and its allies have denounced the plan as a “spoof”.
Putin said that Russia was carrying out a “special military operation” aimed at demilitarizing Ukraine, eliminating dangerous nationalists and protecting Moscow from the NATO transatlantic alliance. Kyiv and the West call Russia’s action an imperialist gratuitous act of seizing land to recapture a country that had shed Russian domination after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, now vice chairman of the national security council, on Thursday reiterated Moscow’s threat to use nuclear weapons if necessary to defend itself and any territories. which merge.
Moscow does not fully control any of the four regions it is seeking to annex, with only about 60% of Donetsk and 66% of Zaporizhzhia areas held by its forces.
FREEDOM ‘THE SKIN’
Ukraine renewed its recapture of its northeastern territory earlier this week as troops moved further into areas abandoned by Russia, paving the way for a potential attack on occupying forces in the heart of the country’s public sector. Donbas industry.
Russia and Ukraine carried out a surprise prisoner exchange on Wednesday, the largest since the war began and involved nearly 300 people, including 10 foreigners, and commanders led a raid. prolonged protection of Ukraine in Mariupol earlier this year.
“We are now out of the danger zone and on our way home to our families,” one of those released by Russian forces, Britain’s Aiden Aislin, said in a video from a plane posted on the Internet. Social Network. Countryman Shaun Pinner next to him added: “With real teeth,” he added.
Both men were sentenced to death by a court in the Russian-backed separatist region of Donetsk.
In Uzbekistan, where many people move or come to Russia to work, authorities have warned against prosecuting citizens who join foreign armies. Russia has granted quick citizenship to those who apply, and Ukraine says it has captured Uzbeks fighting for Putin.