December 7, 2022

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Bombing in southern and eastern Ukraine | Ukraine and Russia

Ukraine and Russia On Sunday (25) southern and eastern Ukraine exchanged accusations of attacks on civilians.

Ukraine’s armed forces announced in the morning that Russian forces had launched dozens of missile and airstrikes against military and civilian targets, including 35 “settlements”. Russian forces also used drones to attack the southern city center of Odessa, according to a military statement. No casualties occurred.

After the announcement, the Russia He denied that he had attacked the public. Ukrainian forces bombed a hotel in the city of Kherson, killing two people, its state news agency (RIA) said. Russian forces have occupied the southern Ukrainian city since the early days of the invasion.

There was no immediate response from Ukraine to the allegations. Reuters could not verify the allegations on either side.

Hundreds of people were arrested – Photo: Getty Images via BBC

Hundreds were arrested by the authorities Russia In protests against a new “partial mobilization” of war conscripts in Ukraine, according to an independent human rights group.

An OVD-info said 724 people have been arrested in 32 different cities this Saturday (24).. Around 1,000 people have already been arrested earlier this week.

Demonstrations took place across the country from the President Vladimir Putin announced plans to call up 300,000 men from the reserve. “Unsanctioned” demonstrations are banned by Russian law, but that has not stopped large-scale protests in urban areas.

In Moscow, the AFP news agency reported that a protester was seen being arrested by police and chanting “we are not cannon fodder” (a term used for troops considered expendable in a conflict).

And one of the country’s major cities, St. Petersburg, told reporters: “I don’t want to go to war for Putin.”

Natalya Dubova, 70, admitted to AFP that she was against the war and that she was “scared of young people”.

Demonstrations have taken place across the country since Vladimir Putin announced the call for reservists – Photo: Getty Images via BBC

Some of those arrested on Saturday received summonses and were ordered to go to recruitment centers while under the protection of security forces. The Kremlin earlier this week defended the practice, saying it was “not against the law”.

Moscow also approved New tougher penalties Soldiers accused of dereliction of duty when called up, such as surrendering, attempting to desert or refusing to fight, face up to 10 years in prison.

The president also signed orders granting Russian citizenship to any foreigner who signs up to serve in the country’s armed forces for a year.

The order shows how severe Moscow’s shortage of troops is, observers say, and ignores the usual requirement to live in the country for five years for citizenship.

In other cities, young Russians continue to flee the country to avoid being drafted.

Along the Georgian border, queues of Russian cars stretched more than 30 kilometers, and the Interior Ministry urged people not to travel.

Local Russian officials admitted there was a significant influx of cars trying to pass, with around 2,500 vehicles waiting at one checkpoint.

Addition is a change from tone RussiaOn Thursday he described reports that the Russians had fled the force as “false”.

Meanwhile, Finland has seen a sharp increase in the number of Russians trying to enter the country. The number of Russian arrivals has doubled since last week, said Matti Pitkaniti, a spokesman for the country’s border guard. On Friday, the government announced plans to expel Russian tourists.

Flows on Finnish border increase after Russia calls for reservations

“The goal is to significantly reduce the number of arrivals Russia to Finland,” President Sauli Niinisto told the state broadcaster.

Many neighboring countries have already refused to grant asylum to Russians who want to avoid being listed.

“Many Russians are fleeing now Russia The agreement was reached because they mobilized to kill Ukrainians,” said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Ringevics. “They never protested before. Now it is not right to treat them as conscientious objectors,” he said.

On Friday, the Kremlin unveiled a number of professions it exempts from recruitment.

Information technology workers, bankers and journalists working for state media will survive the “partial mobilization” announced by Putin.

However, the veracity of the Kremlin’s claims has been questioned, with men who did not meet the recruitment criteria being invited.

Margarita Simonyan, editor of the state-owned newspaper RT, posted on Twitter a list of elderly and disabled citizens who should report to the service.

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