On the 211th day of a full-scale military Russian invasion of Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to capture the settlements of the neighboring country. The armed forces and units of the territorial defense of Ukraine resist aggression. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of both sides from independent sources. According to the UN, about 14 million Ukrainians have already left their homes. DW continues to follow developments Thursday, September 22 (Moscow time).
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation answered some questions on mobilization
The Russian Ministry of Defense, through the RIA Novosti agency, issued some clarifications on mobilization issues.
- As part of the mobilization, categories of citizens who are necessary “to complete tasks” will be called up – “these, of course, are shooters, tankers, artillerymen, drivers, driver-mechanics”
- The number of conscripted citizens is determined by the regular requirement of completed military units
- One of the main factors when calling from the reserve is the availability of combat experience. The order of conscription of citizens from the reserve has not been established, but priority is given to those who have suitable military registration specialties.
- In accordance with Russian legislation, privates and sergeants are subject to mobilization – up to 35 years old, junior officers – up to 50 years old, senior officers – up to 55 years old. Both officers and privates and sergeants will be called up
Will not be called:
- Reserved citizens, these include employees of defense industry enterprises
- Declared temporarily unfit for health reasons
- Employed in constant care for a family member or disabled people of group I
- Having 4 or more dependent children under the age of 16
- People whose mothers besides them have four or more children under the age of 8 and raise them without a husband
- Those who permanently live outside of Russia and are not registered with the military.
There is no consensus in the Russian armed forces and “there are serious disagreements on strategy”how best to counter the Ukrainian counteroffensive, CNN reports, citing Western intelligence sources. Russian officers argue among themselves and complain to friends and relatives at home about the decisions taken by Moscow, one of the interlocutors told the TV channel.
According to two CNN sources, Putin personally orders the generals on the ground. “A highly unusual command and control tactic in today’s military that seems to hint at the inefficient command structure that Russia has suffered since the start of the war,” CNN said, citing sources. In addition, the commander who led most of the units in the Kharkiv region was dismissed, CNN learned. He stayed in this post for 15 days.
Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions against 87 more Canadian citizens, including against the heads of Canadian provinces and territories, the military and heads of companies supplying weapons to Ukraine. This is reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. In total, Russia has imposed personal sanctions against 905 Canadian citizens – they are denied entry to Russia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba during his visit to the UN General Assembly called on the world community increase arms supplies to Ukraine. “No words of condemnation can stop the Russian army. The best way to stop Putin is to supply weapons to Ukraine,” Kuleba said, stressing that if, for legal reasons, justice cannot be achieved at the International Criminal Court, a special tribunal must be created.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock “appreciated the courage of the people who demonstrated in Russia against the mobilization,” reports the dpa news agency. “Now it is clear to everyone in Russia: Russia is at war with its neighbor, and this will affect everyone in Russia,” she said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
In one of the medium-sized districts of Novosibirsk, according to the plan of the authorities, about 650 people should be called up, writes the publication Taiga. Info, citing sources in the regional authorities. Thus, according to the editorial calculations, with a proportional ratio of the territory to the number of potential mobilized, we can talk about plan to mobilize about 12.5 thousand inhabitants of the region with a population of 2.7 million people.
In Kamchatka, in Magadan and the Irkutsk region dozens of air traffic controllers received summons to mobilize, claims the Telegram channel “Aviatorshchina” with reference to the president of the federal trade union of air traffic controllers, Sergei Kovalev. In his address to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, he called for an extension of the ban on calling air traffic controllers to war. “In some regions, this circumstance is already critical in the work of aviation,” the letter says.
The Kommersant newspaper also reports that in the airline industry, where military pilots often enter, “strong concern is growing about a possible draft.” According to the source of the publication in an unnamed airline, about 40 percent of the pilots in the state of the carrier are subject to the draft.
“Authorities of the DPR” announced death of six people as a result of the shelling of the Covered market in the center of Donetsk. Six more people, according to the “mayor” of the city, were injured. The “DPR” accused the Ukrainian military of shelling, Kyiv did not comment on this information.
Ksenia Sobchak’s Telegram channel “Caution News” published a video with a Muscovite who was summoned to the military registration and enlistment office “to verify military registration documents.” At the military registration and enlistment office on the same day he was sent to undergo military training in Naro-Fominsk, after which, as he was told, they would be sent “to the defense,” the man said. According to him, he never served, does not have a military specialty, did not attend a military department and works as an IT specialist at Sberbank. “I’ll go, what to do. Or a criminal case,” the man said.
New protests announced for September 24 in Russia
Youth Democratic Movement “Spring” announced another protest againstmobilization and called on citizens to take to the streets across Russia on September 24 at 17:00 local time. “Mogilization is actively going on throughout the country. Soon, thousands of our men can go to the front. We can and must oppose it!” the activists said. The cities in which the actions are to take place will be announced on September 23 in the Vesna Telegram channel, the places themselves will be announced on the day of the action, so that it would be more difficult for the police to prepare, it is reported further.
Finnish Border Guard reported a significant increase in the number of citizens entering from Russia. September 21, when the Russian Federation announced partial mobilization 4824 Russians entered Finland through the land border from Russia, on the same day a week ago this figure was 3133, a representative of the border service said. However, this figure is still lower than the number of entries from the Russian Federation to Finland on a normal day off, he said. At the same time, according to him, last night and in the morning the flow of Russian citizens seeking to enter Finland increased.
Germany received more than 500 patients from Ukraine for medical care, the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief said. Currently, operations to evacuate wounded Ukrainians are carried out jointly with Norway, mainly by air, it is indicated below.
Secret seventh paragraph of the decree on mobilization allows the Ministry of Defense to call up one million peoplewrites the publication “New Newspaper. Europe“with reference to one source in the presidential administration. According to the interlocutor of the publication, at first they discussed the classification of the entire decree on mobilization, but then they decided to hide under the heading “for official use” only the seventh paragraph, which dealt with the number of mobilized. “The figure several times they fixed it, and in the end, they settled on a million,” a Novaya Gazeta source said. Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that about 300,000 people were planned to be drafted.
“This is a lie,” Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian President, commented on the publication.
The “DPR” confirmed the exchange of Medvedchuk
The head of the so-called “DPR” Denis Pushilin confirmed that during exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine, the pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who is called “Putin’s godfather”, was released. According to Pushilin, according to the Interfax agency, he personally signed a decree on the release of Ukrainian prisoners, among whom were Azov fighters.