Russia's sham referendums in Ukraine to take place

Russia's sham referendums in Ukraine to take place

The Moscow-announced referendums in the occupied Ukrainian territories about whether to join Russia are scheduled to take place from 23 to 27 September. Russia's plans were vehemently condemned by Ukraine and the Western countries. The EU stated it would not recognize the results, and that the EU countries were preparing a new package of sanctions against Russia.

I urge Russia: This is a war you will not win. Stop the suffering in Ukraine. Stop sending more of your own citizens to their death. In a speech to the UN Security Council last week, Germany s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that their sham referendums were as unlawful as the war they are supposed to legitimize. Along with other diplomats, Baerbock levelled sharp criticism at Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for walking out of the UN Security Council meeting immediately after making his own speech. Lavrov accused the West of direct interference in the war by providing Ukraine with weapons and training the Ukrainian army.

The UN Security Council, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said that every council member should send a clear message that these reckless nuclear threats must stop immediately. The very international order that we have gathered here is being shredded before our eyes. The US secretary of state said we cannot allow President Putin to get away with it.

A top official at the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that Vladimir Putin was seriously considering the beginning of nuclear war. He stated in an interview with British ITV that the consequences of applying tactical nuclear weapons could affect Poland, the Black Sea region, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Anonymous hacker group have published names of all 305,925 Russians subject to mobilization, and have hacked into the website of the Russian Defence Ministry. The first people to be called up are from the distant parts of Siberia, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, according to the names on the list.

The situation in Donetsk was extremely difficult, and that a Ukrainian counteroffensive could be possible soon, according to a video address by Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushilin.