The last war between Russia and Ukraine: what we know on day 219 of the invasion | Ukraine

  • Vladimir Putin signed decrees paving the way for the formal annexation of the occupied Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya to Russia.. The Russian president is expected to sign a law on Friday annexation From four Ukrainian regions – Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Luhansk – where Russia has held mock referendums over the past week in order to demand a mandate for territorial claims. The decrees issued Thursday night, announced by the Kremlin, stated that Putin recognized Kherson and Zaporizhia as independent regions. This is an intermediate step required before Putin can move forward with his plans to announce on Friday that they are part of it Russia.

  • The UN Secretary-General warned Russia that the annexation of Ukraine’s regions would be a “dangerous escalation” It would jeopardize the prospects for peace in the region. Antonio Guterres said that any decision to go ahead with the annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions “It has no legal value and deserves condemnation”.

  • Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, warned of a “very harsh” response. From Ukraine if Russia goes ahead with the annexations.

  • There are indications that Russia may limit the movement of Ukrainians living in the occupied territories after announcing their inclusion. Ukrainians have been told that from Saturday they will need to apply for a permit from the occupation authorities. It comes as the exiled governor of Luhansk region, Serhiy Haiday, said that Russia had done so About 1,000 Ukrainians are prevented from crossing the border in Latvia.

  • Russian forces may face “imminent defeat” in the northeastern city of Liman While Ukrainian soldiers continue their counterattack in the east of the country, according to a US think tank. The Institute for the Study of War, citing Russian reports, said defeat will occur Allow Ukrainian forces to ‘threaten Russian positions’ Along the western Luhansk region. Alexander Petrikin, the pro-Russian head of the city administration, He admitted that the situation had become “difficult” for the Russian forces trying to control the land.

  • Ukrainian forces secured all of Kobyansk and expelled Russian forces from their remaining positions On the eastern bank of the river that divides northeastern Ukraine. Most of Kobyansk, a strategic railway junction, He was arrested earlier this month As part of a counterattack by Ukrainian forces. According to Agence France-Presse, these Russian forces held out on the eastern bank of the Oskil River They were kicked out.

  • Finland closes its borders to Russian tourists after Putin’s partial mobilization order Drive large numbers of people to flee the country. From midnight Thursday Finland time (9 pm GMT), Russian tourists with a Schengen visa from the European Union will be refused Unless they have a family link or a compelling reason to travel.

  • More than half of Russians felt fear or anxiety after Putin announced the mobilization, According to a new survey. Poll conducted by the independent Levada Center 47% of respondents said they felt anxious, afraid or intimidated after hearing that hundreds of thousands of soldiers would be recruited to fight in Ukraine.

  • NATO Pledge of a “firm response” for what it called “deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of vandalism” After discovering leaks in two Nord Stream pipelines. Swedish authorities have reported a fourth leak on one of the pipelines. The Swedish water leak They were close to each other.

  • Gas is likely to stop leaking from the damaged Nord Stream 1 pipeline on MondayAccording to the pipeline operator. a Nord Stream AG spokesperson He said it was not possible to make any predictions To run the pipeline in the future until the damage is assessed.

  • The Kremlin said the accidents on the Nord Stream pipeline appeared to be an “act of terrorism”. Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, He said a foreign country might be responsible. The Russian Foreign Ministry claimed, “The incident on Nord Stream It took place in an area controlled by the CIA..

  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Announced the eighth package of sanctions – Including Draft penal code seen by The Guardian Designed to “make the Kremlin pay the price” for escalating the war against Ukraine. Hungary ‘cannot and will not support’ energy sanctions In the package, said Girgili Golias, chief of staff to the Prime Minister, Viktor Orban. An EU official said that the agreement on the next package of sanctions was so expected before the EU summit next week, Or at least the main parts of the packaging.

  • Russia is ramping up its use of Iranian “Kamikaze” drones in southern Ukraineincluding opposite the southern port of Odessa and the nearby city of Mykolaiv.

  • Oleg Deripaskaone of the most powerful oligarchs in Russia, was indicted by the US Department of Justice for violations of criminal penalties. Deripaska previously had deep connections to figures in the British establishment.

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