Ok I see some BIG issues for theRussian President Putrin ‘draft’….
They ain’t gonna get 300,000 more Russina men ….
If they got 1/3 of that?
Were are they gonna get uniforms, rifles, ammo, food and places to keep these guys?
It appears that the best Russian guys have beat feet to the nearest border and out of the country….
We now have reporrts those scooped up could be Ukraian’s sent to fight in their own annexed country against the Ukraian army?
It does appear that the Russian President is losing a war he started and making things worst….
How many conscripted Ukraianin’s and Russian men forced to fight are gonna switch sides as soon as they can?
The regular Russian troop’s are already asking questions of their troop leaders and writting home about how messed up things are….
Anyone thing guys hustled to the front will be any better?
NATO and other countries are holding a meerting to talk over how and what weapons to suppply to the Ukraine….
Here’s what we know:
Russia is stepping up its conscription efforts even as it forces residents to vote in staged referendums that could lead to annexation, according to Ukrainian officials, witnesses and rights groups.
The Kremlin’s mobilization effort includes forcing Ukrainians to fight their own country.
Zelensky urges allies to step up pressure on Putin amid ‘nuclear blackmail.’
‘We didn’t know where else to go’: Ukrainians displaced by a counteroffensive seek shelter.
Ukraine warns of growing attacks by drones Iran has supplied to Russia.
A Polish venue cancels a concert by Roger Waters after his Ukraine views prompt criticism.
Two Americans return home months after being captured fighting in Ukraine.
Kremlin-staged referendums to annex occupied areas of Ukraine are underway, and Russia’s foreign minister insisted that regions would be “under the full protection of the state” if they are added to his nation — despite widespread condemnation. Some residents called it a vote “under a gun barrel,” with the outcome predetermined by the Kremlin.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- In his nightly address, Zelensky said Russian-backed forces were targeting Indigenous peoples of Siberia and Crimea through a “deliberate imperial policy” of issuing military summonses that could force them to fight Ukrainians. On Sunday, the Ukrainian military said occupying forces in Crimea had handed out 1,000 summonses to join the Russians in the Kherson region.
- The impoverished Russian region of Dagestan, which has borne a disproportionate share of military casualties in Ukraine, emerged as a hot spot for protests on Sunday. Women in the regional capital, Makhachkala, struggled with police and tried to keep them from dragging male protesters to vans. Furious residents blocked a highway elsewhere in Dagestan. At least 100 people were detained in the region Sunday, according to the human rights group OVD-Info.
- At least 800 people across the country were detained by Russian authorities during protests of mobilizations this weekend, according to OVD-Info. Since Wednesday, more than 2,300 have been detained.
- Zelensky said Russian-backed troops will retaliate against people who don’t vote in the “sham” referendum. “Those people who don’t come to referendum, you know, Russians can turn off their electricity and won’t give them an opportunity to live a normal human life,” Zelensky said earlier Sunday on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” “They force people. They throw them in prisons.”
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, despite global criticism, said any new annexed Ukrainian territory would be under Russia’s “full protection” in a news conference at the United Nations. He also did not rule out using nuclear weapons to defend the areas. “All of the laws, doctrines, concepts and strategies of the Russian Federation apply to all of its territory,” he said Saturday.
- Russian strikes targeting the city of Zaporizhzhia wounded at least three people, authorities there said. Moscow’s partial control of the Zaporizhzhia region is key because it provides a land bridge, linking Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, to Russia itself. Russia also accused Ukraine of attacks in areas where voting is underway, with state news outlets and the leader of the self-declared breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic saying a pro-Russian former Ukrainian lawmaker was killed in a Ukrainian strike on a hotel in Kherson.
- Russian forces struck 35 settlements across Ukraine’s south and east in the previous 24 hours, including Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said early Sunday. At least three people died and 19 were injured in strikes Saturday.
- “Kamikaze” drones were used to strike the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa overnight into Sunday, Ukrainian officials said. The drones, which explode upon collision with a target, damaged government and residential buildings in the city center, but no one was hurt, according to Odessa’s mayor, Gennadiy Trukhanov. Odessa is a crucial port for grain shipments out of Ukraine.
Spotlight: Russia’s manpower issues
- The speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament warned Sunday that partial mobilization must be handled “without a single mistake.” Valentina Matviyenko, a close Putin ally who leads the Federation Council, said problems in mobilization reflect the rush by regional leaders to satisfy the Kremlin’s demand for new draftees in the space of several days, with scant regard for quality. Matviyenko, in a Telegram post, also complained of “unacceptable” cases of people being mobilized who clearly should not have been.
- Putin’s partial military mobilization could put further pressure on Russia’s national guard, Britain’s Defense Ministry said. The guard force, known in Russian as Rosgvardia, “is highly likely under particular strain” as the Kremlin has called on it to facilitate staged referendums in the east of Ukraine and to deal with protests inside Russia, the ministry said. “There is a realistic possibility that mobilisation will be used to reinforce Rosgvardia units with additional manpower,” it added.
- Russian forces may be preparing to forcibly mobilize Ukrainian prisoners of war to fight for Moscow, state media reported. Institute for the Study of War analysts said that would constitute a violation of the Geneva Conventions….