Russia-Ukraine conflict on the newest: what we all know on day 214 of the invasion | Ukraine

  • More than 730 people have been arrested across Russia in recent protests against the country’s mobilization decree. a rights group said three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the country’s first military service since World War II. Independent protest monitoring group OVD-Info said it was aware of arrests in 32 cities, from St Petersburg to Siberia. Unauthorized rallies are illegal under Russian law, which also prohibits any activity deemed to defame the armed forces.

  • A new law signed by Putin says Russian troops who refuse to fight, desert, disobey or surrender to the enemy now face up to 10 years in prison, according to Russian media reports. The law was passed by Parliament later this week.

  • Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov has been dismissed from his post. Bulgakov, who has been in charge of military logistics since the invasion of Ukraine began, has was replaced by Lt. Col. Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of the National Defense Management Center who oversaw Russia’s siege of Mariupol.

  • Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday, which is limited to Washington and the countries under its rule against Russia’s attack on its neighbor. “Official Russophobia in the West is unprecedented. Now the scope is grotesque,” ​​Lavrov told the General Assembly. He criticized the West for not engaging with Russia, saying: “We have never backed down from maintaining contact.”

  • Lavrov said in a press conference after his speech to the assembly in New York, the Ukrainian regions where voting is underway would be under Moscow’s “full protection” if annexed by Russia, even with nuclear weapons.

  • The so-called referendums are in progress in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia provinces, areas of Ukraine occupied by Russian forces, with residents urged to vote on proposals to declare independence and then join Russia. The elections are scheduled to run until Tuesday.

  • China’s foreign minister says he supports all efforts conducive to a peaceful solution to the “crisis” in Ukraine. Wang Yi told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that the urgent priority is to facilitate peace talks, Reuters reported.

  • Iran regrets Ukraine’s decision to downgrade diplomatic ties, its foreign ministry says. A statement said Iranian ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani “recommended” Ukraine “not to be influenced by third parties who seek to destroy relations between the two countries.” It comes after Ukraine revoked the Iranian ambassador’s accreditation over what it called an “unfriendly” decision by Tehran to supply drones to Russian forces.

  • The queue at the border between Russia and Georgia is about 10 km long, where people have reportedly waited more than 20 hours to cross. The number of border crossings from Russia to Finland has doubled in recent days compared to the previous week.

  • Kyiv and Moscow on Saturday traded blame for the shelling in Ukraine’s Zaporizhia region. This was announced by regional governor Oleksandr Starukh via telegram that Russian forces launched “a massive rocket attack” on the region from about 10 planes, injuring at least three people. Russian state news agency RIA, citing unnamed sources, said Ukrainian forces shelled a granary and fertilizer depot in the area. Reuters could not verify either side’s claims.

  • Two civilians have been killed in attacks in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on Friday and three were injured, according to Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of Donetsk Oblast. Russian forces also shelled settlements near the Russian border. In the Kupyan district, five people were injured by shelling, including two children aged 10 and 17.

  • Russian authorities in the occupied territories of Zaporizhia and Kherson have reportedly started handing out conscription letters and mobilizing men of draft age who “renounced Ukrainian citizenship and received Russian Federation passports,” according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Ukrainians in the occupied territories to hide from Russian mobilization, avoid draft letters and get into Ukrainian-held territory. However, when they ended up in the Russian military, Zelenskyy urged people to save their lives and help liberate Ukraine.

  • Russian forces are likely trying to attack dams in Ukraine to flood Ukrainian military crossing points Amid Russian concerns over battlefield setbacks, the latest briefing from the UK MoD says. The strikes are unlikely to have caused significant disruption to Ukraine’s operations due to the distance between the damaged dams and the combat zones, it said.

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