+ Ukraine war on the blog + Zelenskiy speaks of the calm before the storm

Volunteer soldiers take part in a training session outside Kyiv. Some volunteers have signed up for Chechen units to fight with Ukraine’s military. (Source: Andrew Kravchenko/AP/dpa/dpa-photo)

The number of conscientious objectors in the Bundeswehr is increasing

1.17 am: The number of conscientious objectors in the German Bundeswehr is increasing significantly. “In the current year, the Federal Office received 657 applications for sincere objections,” a spokesperson for the Federal Office for Family and Civil Society Tasks told Germany’s Editorial Network. For the entire period last year, the number was just 209. By the end of August it had more than tripled. Given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and potential escalation, many applicants justified their rejection by saying they did not expect military conflict.

Selensky spoke of the calm before the storm

00:46: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced new attacks on Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine. “Perhaps it seems to some of you that there is silence after a series of victories, but this is not silence,” Zelensky said in his daily video address on Sunday. Rather, it is a preparation for the next offensive, aimed at recapturing Mariupol, Melitopol, and Cherson.

According to Zelensky, Ukraine will not only focus on the areas it controlled before the Russian attack in February. The 44-year-old announced that Moscow-backed separatist territories in the east of the country and cities in Crimea, which have been annexed by Russia since 2014, will also be recaptured. “Because all Ukraine must be free.”

After invading Ukraine on February 24, Russia seized large swaths of the country’s south and east. Moscow still occupies about 125,000 square kilometers – about a fifth of Ukraine’s territory, including the Crimean peninsula.

Schröder criticized EU heads of state

10:21 PM: According to a media report, former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder criticized the European heads of state. “I would have hoped that, in the tradition of the European policy of detente, at least an attempt would be made to end the war,” Schröder told the news portal “The Pioneer”. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was nevertheless a mistake. “The war that started was a mistake on the part of the Russians. I’ve always said that.” There are no causes of war, but there are “geopolitical explanatory patterns”. Read more here.

Kyiv: Putin-Zelensky meeting “makes no sense at the moment”

6 pm: Kyiv has denied talks and meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky this time. “In short, the negotiation process itself and face-to-face meetings between the presidents have no meaning at this point,” Mykhailo Podoliak, an external adviser to the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said Sunday. The media.



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