The exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine involved 215 soldiers, of which 108 belong to the Azov Battalion and another ten are foreign volunteers, by Moscow. Meanwhile, kyiv yielded in exchange for 55 Russian soldiers and the pro-Russian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk.
Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Russian politician, was detained accused of “high treason” in relation to his alleged role as a collaborator with the Russian forces in the context of the war with Ukraine.
“Today we directly exchanged 200 citizens of Ukraine for Mr. Medvedchuk. I would like to point out that Medvedchuk is not just Putin’s godfather, but a well-documented state traitor.. His guilt is fully registered, ”said the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak in the letter.
He has pointed out that, during Medvedchuk’s arrest, “several intelligence networks” have been neutralized and “state traitors” have been arrested, obtaining “a large amount of information” used in counterintelligence activities.
European Union foreign ministers agreed on Wednesday to prepare new sanctions against Russia and increase arms deliveries to Kyiv after President Vladimir Putin ordered the country’s first military mobilization since World War II to fight in Ukraine.
The bloc’s 27 foreign ministers, who are in New York for the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations, defined it during a brief exchange.
As stated Reuters, EU ministers will hold their next formal meeting in mid-October, when a sanctions package could be formalized.
The ministers also agreed increase arms supply to Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell declined to elaborate on the type of sanctions or military support, but said he believed there would be “unanimous” support within the bloc for new measures.
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu told Reuters that the block must use the financing of the european peace mechanism to increase the supply of weapons to kyiv.
Maintaining unity among the 27 for a sanctions package can be difficult amid an energy supply crisis that has hit the bloc hard. Hungary scrapped the idea on Tuesday.
Putin’s announcement to summon people who have served in the military in recent years generated an immediate effect. On the border that the country has with Georgia in the north, there was a traffic jam with people seeking to leave the country. Various videos that recorded the moment went viral on social networks.
The Nexta media reported people who preferred to walk, while others still chose to wait in their vehicles until they can move forward. Georgia is one of the neighboring countries that allows the entry of Russians without a visa.
After the president’s speech there was a impressive jump in the searches of the site Aviasales, the most popular portal in Russia for the purchase of plane tickets, due to the fear that the mobilization prevents all the men “fit” for combat from leaving the country.
Tickets from Moscow to Belgrade of Air Serbia -the only European airline apart from Turkish Airlines that maintains flights to Russia- They’re sold out for the next few days. The price of flights from Moscow to Istanbul or Dubai skyrocketed in a matter of minutes, reaching 9,200 euros for a single flight in economy class, according to what was recorded. AP.
Indeed, Russia has seen a remarkable exodus of citizens since Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine nearly seven months ago.
This Wednesday social networks in Russia were filled with recommendations on how to avoid recruitment or to leave the country. Some publications claimed that some people had been sent back at the land border with Georgia and that the website of the national railway company crashed due to the number of people looking for ways to leave the country.
215 Ukrainian soldiers they were freed from the exchange with Russia. Several of them are defenders of thea Azovstal steel plant, in Mariupol, the last Ukrainian stronghold in the area, detained by the Russians, were released as part of a massive effort to exchange prisoners. This was expressed by the head of the office of President Volodimir Zelensky, Andriy Yermak, reported Ukrinform. ”“President Volodimir Zelensky set a clear goal: to bring our heroes home. The result: our heroes are free,” Andriy Yermak wrote on Facebook.
“It was a great prisoner exchange. It went through different phases and in different places. We have brought back 215 people from the Russian prison,” said the head of the president’s office. “These are soldiers, border guards, policemen, sailors, national guardsmen, troops from the territorial forces, customs officers and civilians. Among them, there are officers, commanders, heroes of Ukraine, defenders of Azovstal and pregnant servicemen,” he said in a statement.
North Korea claimed on Wednesday that it had never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
Earlier this month, a US official had told CNN that Russia is buying millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea to use in Ukraine. New York Times it had been the first outlet to report on the purchases.
North Korea rejected these versions and targeted the United States “for mindlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its basic political and military objective” and said the US should keep its mouth shut, according to the North Korean agency. KCNA.
DPRK stands for Democratic Republic of Korea, the formal name for North Korea.
“We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them”, indicated a statement from the General Directorate of Equipment of the Ministry of National Defense.
From the White House they downplayed the threat of escalating the conflict in Ukraine with the use of nuclear weapons that Vladimir Putin made this Wednesday. A United States official, consulted by CNNHe said he doesn’t see any signs of an increased nuclear threat from Russia.
“We’ve heard it before, waving the nuclear card, and we heard it again in your speech today, and in fact the language and formula that you used today is quite similar to how you’ve spoken before,” the official said.
Russia released on Wednesday several arrested after a prisoner exchange agreement negotiated by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. Among those released are two US veterans and five British citizens, as well as Swedes, Croats and Moroccans, according to a quote. The Independent.
alex dreke39 years old, and Andy Huynh, of 27, are the Americans released after three months of captivity. Both had disappeared in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, near the Russian border, on June 9. Both had traveled to Ukraine on their own and became friends since they both come from the state of Alabama.
Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister Liz Truss celebrated the release of the five UK soldiers. “Very welcome news that five British nationals being held by Russian-backed proxies in eastern Ukraine are being returned safely, ending months of uncertainty and suffering for them and their families,” he tweeted.
Among those released is Aiden Aslin, a British fighter who had been sentenced to death by a pro-Russian court, legislator Robert Jenrick clarified on networks. Aslin had lived in Ukraine since 2018 and had made the decision to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The implementation of the mobilization plan launched by Vladimir Putin this Wednesday left material to cut. The Ministry of Defense commented that up to 300,000 thousand people will be recruited, but doubts remain about how the operation will be organized. The independent Russian site jellyfish He indicated that the regional governors of the Russian Federation will be in charge of the call.
According to jellyfish, the regional governors will receive the approximate number of people to summon, an operation that is still in process. Under the plan, many Russians will be summoned to their enlistment offices within days.
As in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal authorities have transferred responsibility for “unpopular measures” to local authorities.