Declarations of war
At the beginning of this week, the military and political leadership of Ukraine made a number of statements about the prospects for the further course of the war, which was unleashed by Russia against our country.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhnyi believes that the victory of Ukraine in the current war with the Russian Federation will not end hostilities between the countries. In an interview with the Times, he noted that our victory will only be a respite to prepare for a new war.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that it will be possible to talk about the end of the war only after Ukraine returns the seizure of the territory of the Russian Federation. And there are no compromises in this matter.
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah
On September 25-27, the celebration of the Jewish New Year took place in Uman, Cherkasy region. bad for the war, more than 20 thousand Hasids came to Ukraine to visit the grave of the prophet Nachman.
With the provision of security, roadblocks were set up in Uman, the curfew was tightened, and the sale of alcohol and fireworks was prohibited. More details about how the Rosh Hashanah holiday was held this year can be found in the RBC-Ukraine report.
New US military aid
On September 29, the US Senate approved the allocation of a $12.4 billion financial aid package to Ukraine. More than half of the funds will go to defense needs, the rest to direct budget support.
It was also announced the provision of additional weapons worth $1.1 billion, including 18 new HIMARS, anti-drone systems, armored vehicles, and radars.
In addition, Ukraine received consent to supply two batteries of anti-aircraft missile systems to NASAMS within 2 months. In the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it was noted that in total, two batteries can include 16 launchers with command posts and radars.
Russians are protesting and fleeing the country amid mobilization
After Putin announced the mobilization, protests began in Russia. The most massive actions took place in Dagestan. The protesters, most of whom are women, were with the police, blocking the roads. Several dozen people were detained.
In this case, the Russian escapes from being served with a summons by fleeing abroad. The most popular destinations were Georgia and Kazakhstan. Many kilometers of traffic jams persist at checkpoints, and the Russian side opens mobilization points right at the checkpoint.
NP on “Nordic Streams”
There were several gas leaks on separate Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines. Their probable cause could be underwater explosions recorded by Swedish seismologists. NATO believes that the gas leak occurred as a result of sabotage, and Europe believes that Russia was involved in the incident.
Foreign citizens are urged to leave Russia
Immediately, several of these countries issued a call to their citizens to leave the territory of Russia now.
The US Embassy stated that their ability to provide assistance to their citizens in the Russian Federation may be even more limited. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland advised to avoid trips to an “unfriendly country”. Similar appeals were also made by Canada, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, and Bulgaria.
On September 30, Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four regions of Ukraine. The head of the Kremlin signed the agreement on the so-called “admission of new territories to Russia” based on the results of “referendums”. We are talking about Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions.
At the same time, he called the accession of new territories the supposedly inalienable rights of their population, “fixed in the first article of the UN Charter.”
Also, the Russian dictator announced his readiness for negotiations with Ukraine, but note that he does not discuss the status of the newly annexed territories.
Urgent meeting of the National Security Council
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, called the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council for September 30.
It discussed the attempts to annex the territory of Ukraine and the escalation of armed aggression by Russia, the strengthening of the international coalition in support of Ukraine, the strengthening of military-technical assistance to our country, the strengthening of sanctions against the Russian Federation, and the activation of the strategy of nuclear defeat of Russia.
After the NSDC meeting, Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a speech in which he announced that Ukraine is ready for dialogue with Russia, but with a different president.
The head of Ukraine also called on people’s deputies to adopt a law on the nationalization of all Russian assets in Ukraine at the next meeting of the Verkhovna Rada.
Ukraine is applying for NATO membership
At the final meeting of the National Security Council, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine is applying to join NATO.
As the second head of state, Ukraine de facto has already made its way to NATO and has proven compatibility with the Alliance’s standards. The application is submitted for admission under the accelerated procedure.
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the NSDC, noted that Ukraine intends to become a member of NATO in an accelerated manner according to the scenario of Sweden and Finland without an agreed Action Plan on membership.
The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, responded to Ukraine’s application for NATO membership by saying that the decision on membership is made by consensus of all 30 allied countries.
Also, according to him, the Alliance is now focused on providing direct support to Ukraine and helping to defend against Russian invasion.
Sanctions against the Russian Federation
Against the background of Putin’s decision to annex new Ukrainian territories on September 30, new sanctions were announced:
The United States imposed restrictions on 57 organizations, representatives of Russia’s military-industrial complex, officials and their family members, including the family members of Moscow Mayor Sobyanin.
Canada added 43 new names to the list of anti-Russian sanctions, including daughters of Kremlin press secretary Peskov, family members of the head of the state corporation VEB Igor Shuvalov.
- Britain introduced sanctions against the head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, Elvira Nabiullina.
Earlier this week, the European Commission proposed to introduce the 8th package of sanctions against the aggressor country.
It provides for a ban on the import of precious metals and stones, the import of cosmetics, up to toilet paper, a ban on the export of semiconductors, sanctions against the president of the Kalashnikov concern Alan Lushnikov and the Russian philosopher Oleksandr Dugin.
The invaders are attacking with Iranian drones
Over the past week, Russia has released 29 Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones to strike Ukrainian cities. Occupants from the territory of Crimea are attacking the southern regions. Odesa and Mykolaiv regions, Dnipro came under fire. At the same time, 10 drones were shot down by our air defense.
Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that the problem with Iranian drones is already being solved. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are developing a system to counter these drones, and the military has learned to “jam” them.
A new exchange of prisoners
On September 29, Ukraine returned 6 people from Russian captivity. It was possible to exchange 4 soldiers who took part in the battles for Mariupol and two civilians. A total of 235 Ukrainians remained in September.
Russia continues its missile terror
The occupiers attack Ukrainian cities every day. On September 29, Russian troops shelled Mykolaiv with cluster shells. The bus stop, where people returning from work were waiting for transport, was hit. 3 people died, 12 were injured.
The Dnipro was hit by “Iskanders” on the night of September 30. As a result of the hit on the transport enterprise, 52 buses burned, 98 were damaged. Three people died.
A day earlier, 60 private houses were damaged in Dnipro by a rocket attack. The bodies of 4 dead people, including two children, were found under the rubble of one of them.
On September 30, Russian troops attacked Zaporizhzhia with 16 rockets. Three of them hit a convoy of civilian cars. On the way out of the city, people were waiting for a ride to the occupied territory to visit their parents. 26 people died, more than 80 were injured.
McDonald’s opens for visitors
Since September 30, 10 branches of the McDonald’s network in Kyiv have fully opened. Not only delivery works, but also customer service in the hall. You can enjoy your favorite fast food from 09:00 to 21:00. During an alarm, “poppies” close.