Kherson is also planning a referendum within days
2:34 pm: At the same time as the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, the disputed Cherson region in the south also wants to vote on joining Russia. Sham plebiscite will be held from September 23 to 27 according to the occupying powers. The simultaneous Sham referendum is seen as a response to Ukraine’s current counteroffensive in the country’s east. Read more about this here.
Luhansk and Donetsk have announced referendums on joining Russia
1:48 pm: The separatist leadership of eastern Ukraine’s contested Luhansk region has called for a controversial referendum on joining Russia. The vote will be held from September 23-27, separatist parliament head Denis Miroshnichenko said on Tuesday, according to the Interfax news agency.
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine has also scheduled a controversial referendum on joining Russia. The People’s Assembly announced on Tuesday that the vote would be held from September 23 to 27.
Deserters face severe punishment in Russia
1:35 PM: In Russia, soldiers will be punished more severely in the future for various crimes. Russia’s lower house, the Duma, passed a law in second and third readings that provided severe penalties for desertion, insubordination and damage to military installations. So the prerequisite is that it takes place during wartime or military mobilization. Recently, there has been increased talk of mobilization in Russia, which could escalate the war in Ukraine.
Erdogan has demanded the return of Russian-controlled territory to Ukraine
12:56 pm: Turkey announced last week that it wants to join a state alliance with Russia. Now your president is positioning himself more clearly. Read more about this here.
Kherson separatists have announced a referendum
12:34 pm: Russian-appointed governors in the occupied part of Ukraine’s southern Cherson region want to hold a referendum on joining Russia. The leader of the region’s pro-Russian separatists declared. At the same time, the President of the Russian Parliament announced in Moscow that he would support the citizens’ decision to join Russia. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev earlier called on separatists in Ukraine’s two eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk to hold a referendum.
The EU has approved billions of dollars more in aid
11:45 am: Ukraine can expect another five billion euros of EU financial assistance in the near future. EU states officially received billions in aid on Tuesday, the Czech Council Presidency announced. The financial package has thus cleared its last hurdle and should therefore be paid off soon. The loan should ensure that the Ukrainian state and important infrastructure can continue to work despite the Russian war against the country, said Czech Finance Minister Zbyněk Stanjura.