The war in Ukraine under strong pressure in the Russian-occupied territories – the British are watching the problems with Putin’s mobilization
Ukrainian troops examine an abandoned Russian T-90A tank near Kharkiv
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After Kremlin troops were driven out of Lyman, Ukraine is attempting to annex more territories from Russia. Meanwhile, the British secret services are observing problems with the partial Russian mobilization.
In the areas of Ukraine annexed by Russia, the Moscow armed forces are still under enormous pressure from the advance of Kiev troops. On Monday, Russian occupiers of Zaporizhia, Cherson, Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts reported several attempts by Ukraine to break through the front lines. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi had previously reported new successes in recapturing the villages.
Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin on Friday attached four regions to the Russian Federation under an internationally unrecognized treaty. The annexation, which has been criticized as a breach of international law, will not be complete until a series of laws to integrate the regions have been passed. The State Duma wanted to pass the law on Monday. Subsequent approval by the Federation Council is only a formality. Then Putin still has to approve the founding laws.
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The occupiers believe that a major Russian offensive will begin in the east and south of Ukraine. Separatist leader Denis Puschalin in Donetsk was confident on state television on Monday that the situation at the front would develop in favor of the occupiers. He predicted that partial mobilization would bring new personnel and technology to war zones. “Therefore, the picture of what is happening in front will change. In a positive way.” In the Batchmut area, there are already successes, according to Puschlin.
The British reported problems with the partial mobilization of Russia
According to British intelligence services, however, Russia faces significant problems with the partial mobilization ordered by Putin on September 21. The drawn in waters are currently temporarily gathering in tent camps, the UK Ministry of Defense daily briefed on Monday said. This indicates that the army is having difficulty training recruits and finding officers to lead new units. The intelligence services also firmly believe that since the announcement of partial mobilization on September 21, Russians who actually do not fall under the definition of the recruitment wave, such as the elderly, the sick, men with no experience and students, have already been recruited. ,
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In order to ensure a spectacular performance by Vladimir Putin, spectators were rounded up in front of the Kremlin walls in the afternoon. State employees and students were taken to the center of the Russian capital in their buses.
A week later, speaking to his National Security Council, Putin acknowledged that mistakes had been made and warned that they should not be repeated. The British see this confession as a sign of great distress. Regional officials may not know the exact scope or goals of the mobilization.
In addition, the mobilization in Russia triggered a veritable mass exodus. Thousands of men fled the war to neighboring countries such as Georgia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. According to Russian officials, more than 180 soldiers have already been stopped at the border with Georgia. The Interfax agency reported that they received a call right at the Verchni Lars border crossing.
Russia imposes import ban on trucks from EU countries
The Russian government has now banned trucks from EU countries from entering the country. According to the rule published on Saturday, both the transport of goods and the transit or entry from third countries are prohibited in bilateral trade. In addition to the European Union on the European continent, the rules also affect Norway, Great Britain and Ukraine. “The regulation will come into effect on October 10 and will be in effect until December 31,” the document reads.
The ban is apparently also a reaction to an import ban on truck transports from Russia and Belarus imposed by the Russian leadership from European countries. The European Union enacted the measure on April 8 as part of a package of sanctions against Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.