‘Putin is heading for a very big defeat’ • EU agreement on new sanctions package

Kazakhstan refuses to expel Ukrainian diplomat

Kazakh authorities have refused to expel the Ukrainian ambassador from the country. Moscow had asked for this because the ambassador allegedly made comments about the killing of Russians, writes Al Jazeera

In response to Kazakhstan’s decision, the Kazakh ambassador to Russia has been summoned. He has been told that the Ukrainian ambassador’s stay is “absolutely unacceptable”, reported the state news agency RIA, based on the Russian Defense Ministry. Moscow wants measures taken “to expel this vile nationalist as soon as possible”.

Relations between Russia and the former Soviet allies have been tense since the war in Ukraine.

Refugee journalist Ovsyannikova: ‘Putin on an ankle bracelet’

The activist Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova has made herself heard in a video message. She considers herself innocent and believes that not she, but Putin should be banned from society. Ovshannikova was under house arrest for several protests against the Kremlin. She strongly opposes the war against Ukraine. She fled with her 11-year-old daughter. Where she currently lives is unknown.

Ovshannikova; ‘Putin on this anklet’

“Putin is headed for a very big defeat”

According to several experts, the war in Ukraine is likely to result in a major defeat for President Putin. He illegally annexed four Ukrainian regions and announced a mobilization, but suffered heavy losses on the battlefield.

Putin’s intended deterrent effect with the annexation has had little effect, says Eastern Europe expert Bob Deen. news hour. “Ukraine showed immediately: we don’t care about that. And the often untrained, mobilized boys, they are not of much use at the front.”

Are there conceivable scenarios where Russia strikes back? Winter may give Putin an opportunity, but an outright victory seems unattainable, experts say. The only trump card that Putin has left is enough time. “Ukraine does not have unlimited resources either,” says professor of war studies Frans Osinga (Leiden University). “Russia hopes that at some point Western unity will break up and arms supplies will stop.”

The current situation on the battlefield:


Ukrainian children did not return after ‘vacation’ in Russia

Children from eastern Ukraine who ‘went on holiday’ to Russia this summer have not returned home. That’s what the parents of these children say. The villages they come from have been recaptured in recent weeks. Earlier there were also reports of parents whose children had not returned from Russia.

Ukrainian children stuck in Russian summer camps

Agreement on new EU sanctions package against Russia

The European Union has agreed on the eighth package of sanctions against Russia. An expected part of this is a price ceiling for Russian oil. In addition, there are likely to be restrictions on the export of aircraft parts to Russia and restrictions on the import of Russian steel.

Tomorrow it will be published what exactly is in the sanctions package.

The Czech Republic’s EU representative took the news on Twitter:

The sanctions are intended as punishment for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They make sure that Russia gets less European money, making it harder to finance the war. The new sanctions were introduced due to the illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions.

The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant continues to operate under Russian supervision

The Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant continues to operate under Russian supervision. This is reported by the state news agency RIA based on the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The statement follows the illegal annexation of Zaporizhzhya last weekend.

TASS, another Russian state news agency, reports that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, will visit Moscow in the coming days. He comes to discuss the situation at the nuclear power plant.

The nuclear power plant has been the subject of discussion for some time. Since the beginning of March, the complex has been occupied by the Russians, but it is operated by Ukrainian personnel. Fighting is going on all around the place and there are fears of a nuclear disaster. Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of shelling the nuclear power plant.


Europe’s largest nuclear power plant with a Russian army truck, in Zaporizhzhya

Photos: Ukrainian soldiers on the front line in Bachmoet

Armed forces from Ukraine and Russia are fighting each other around the eastern town of Bachmoet. The news agency Reuters took pictures of the Ukrainian soldiers recapturing occupied territory near the city.

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    A Ukrainian soldier in action
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    A Ukrainian soldier shows the Russian weapons he has taken
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    Members of the armed forces load ammunition into a tank

Russian TV journalist escapes from house arrest

The 44-year-old Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova has escaped from house arrest. She confirms this in a message on the online messaging service Telegram. Ovshannikova had to stay inside because she repeatedly criticized the war in Ukraine. She is accused by the Russian state of spreading fake news, for which she was also fined several times.

“I consider myself completely innocent, and since our state refuses to follow its own laws, I refuse to abide by the sentence handed down to me on September 30,” she wrote. She fled with her 11-year-old daughter, their current whereabouts unknown.

The journalist was put under house arrest for a total of two months. The move came after Ovshannikova held up a placard during a Kremlin protest saying Putin is a murderer and his soldiers are fascists. She also stood in front of the cameras during a news broadcast with the text “stop the war” and “they are lying to you”, which gained her a lot of international attention.

According to her lawyer, Ovsyannikova was supposed to appear in court today in Moscow, but she did not appear. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

The journalist’s live protest:

Protest against war during Russian TV news on the state channel

There is no indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons

According to the United States, Russia is not preparing to use nuclear weapons in the war with Ukraine, despite Russian warnings that the country will draw on its entire arsenal if necessary.

“We take nuclear weapons or nuclear threats very seriously. But I would say that we have seen no reason to change our own nuclear posture, nor do we have any indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons anytime soon,” said the press secretary. of the White House.

While announcing the mobilization of Russians to the front, Putin alluded to the use of nuclear weapons. He did the same at the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. The US has already informed the Kremlin of what kind of backlash it can expect from using nuclear weapons. It is not known exactly what message was conveyed. Experts say there will not necessarily be a nuclear response, but the Russian fleet in the Black Sea could be disabled, for example.

In April of this year, Russia reportedly tested a ballistic missile that the US says can carry more than ten nuclear warheads:


The intercontinental Sarmat missile

Putin signs illegal annexation, EU comes up with new sanctions package

President Putin has signed the illegal annexation of the four Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Lugansk and Zaporizhzhya. According to him, about 15 percent of the Ukrainian surface is now part of Russia. The annexations were announced after fake referendums in the regions were supposed to show that a large part of the population wants to belong to Russia.

In response to the annexation, the EU is currently negotiating the eighth package of sanctions against Russia. Part of this is a price cap on Russian oil. The union’s representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, says member states are likely to reach a final agreement today. It is expected that later in the day, what else is included in the sanctions package, which will further damage Russia economically.


Ukraine’s Kherson push stalled

According to a Russian-installed official from the annexed Kherson region, the Ukrainian advance in the southern region has stopped. He told the Russian state news agency TASS.

In recent days, the Ukrainian armed forces have made rapid advances in the southern part of the country. The army is said to have liberated dozens of kilometers along the western bank of the Dnieper River. Both the Ukrainian and Russian sides confirmed the recapture of several sites.

The Russian claim that the Ukrainian advance has been halted has not been confirmed.

‘Russian oil price ceiling does not apply to us’

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó says new EU agreements on a Russian price cap will not apply to oil transported by pipeline. Hungary is highly dependent on oil and gas from Russia, which enters the country through pipelines.

In recent days, the European Union has discussed punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine with the eighth package of sanctions. The Financial Times reported yesterday that member states are out. Part of the agreements is a price ceiling for Russian oil. The new measure was supposed to further reduce the Kremlin’s income.

Hungary has repeatedly spoken out against sanctions against Russia. At the government’s insistence, an exception to an EU boycott of Russian oil has already been made. This now only applies to oil that is transported by ship, and not oil that comes in via pipelines.

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