A man runs in front of a destroyed apartment building in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast on Sept. 26, 2022, amid Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov/ AFP via Getty Images)
OECD: Russia’s war in Ukraine will cause $2.8 trillion in global economic losses. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has projected global economic growth to slow to just 2.2% in 2023, which is $2.8 trillion lower than the OECD forecast before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Blinken: US has plan in place if Russia uses nuclear weapons against Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CBS News on Sept. 25 that the U.S. has made it clear to Russia that the consequences of using nuclear weapons would be “horrific.” Blinken did not share how the U.S. would respond if Russia used nuclear weapons against Ukraine, but said the administration has a plan.
US to provide over $450 million for Ukraine’s civilian security. “The United States will provide an additional $457.5 million in civilian security assistance to save lives and bolster the capacity of our Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice partners,” U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter on Sept. 26. “We share their commitment to a democratic, independent, and sovereign Ukraine.”
After Putin’s nuclear threats, Japan stops exporting chemical weapons goods to Russia. The Japanese government has banned the export of materials that could be used for chemical weapons production to 21 Russian organisations, including science laboratories, Associated Press reported on Sept. 26, citing Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno.
Zelensky: Russia uses criminal mobilisation to exterminate indigenous groups. “Criminal mobilization is used by Russia not only to prolong the suffering of people in Ukraine and to further destabilize the world, but also to physically exterminate men – representatives of indigenous peoples” who live in temporarily occupied territory, Zelensky said in his nightly address on Sept. 25.
260,000 Russians flee country, as Putin attempts to mobilise men to fight Ukraine. Five days into President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to mobilise Russians to fight against Ukraine, over 260,000 Russian men had fled the country, according to Novaya Gazeta.
Lots of males are trying to escape military service by fleeing to other countries, like Azerbaijan, Georgia, Finland and Kazakhstan.
SBU: Another Russian torture chamber discovered in Kharkiv Oblast. Ukraine’s Security Service has found another Russian torture chamber in the liberated village of Lyptsi, where Russia’s proxies and military kept pro-Ukrainian residents and brutally tortured them. So far, the Ukrainian police’s main investigation department has discovered 18 Russian torture chambers in Kharkiv Oblast.
Ukraine’s military: Russia saves money replacing high-precision missiles with Iranian drones. Russia fires fewer expensive missiles, as in some cases it can now replace them with cheaper Iranian drones, according to Ukraine’s Air Force spokesperson Yurii Ihnat. According to him, Iran could have sold “several hundred” kamikaze drones to Russia.
The referendum in the southern regions seems to be a farce, when we see young girls going from door to door to ask people to bring out their vote … but they are accompanied by Russian soldiers who look at the voting letter. Also in the ballot stations, everybody can see what the person votes for.
Melitopol residents forced to vote in ‘referendum’ for absent relatives, neighbours. The exiled mayor of Melitopol, a Russian-occupied city in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ivan Fedorov said on Sept. 26 that Russian occupation authorities are going door-to-door to make locals vote instead of their family members and neighbors who evacuated due to the “catastrophically low turnout.”
Kazakhstan won’t recognize Russia’s pseudo-referendums in Ukraine. Kazakhstan has no intention of recognizing Russia’s sham referendums in Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts, news agency KazTAG reported on Sept. 26, citing the spokesperson of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry.
UK imposes sanctions on 92 individuals, entities over sham ‘referendums’ in Russian-occupied territories. The Sept. 26 statement by the U.K. government said sanctions primarily target top Russian officials linked to Russia’s sham “referendums” in Ukraine’s Kherson, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Donetsk oblasts. IMA Consulting, the agency conducting public campaigns for the pseudo-referendums, and Goznak, a security document company that has issued expedited passports in Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories, are also sanctioned. The statement said Russia’s actions are a “clear violation of international law, including the UN charter.”
After ‘annexation,’ Russia to send Ukrainians from occupied territories to war. Russian-installed proxy in the occupied parts of Zaporizhzhia Oblast Yevhen Balytskyi said on Sept. 26 that local “volunteers” will join the Russian army in its fight against Ukraine following the sham referendum on joining Russia.
Donetsk Oblast is Ukraine’s main priority. In his nightly address, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is doing everything to curb Russian activity in Donetsk Oblast. “Constant attempts of the Russian offensive in the Donetsk region will surely go down in the history of wars as one of the most cynical murders of one’s own soldiers,” he also said.
General Staff: Occupied parts of Kherson Oblast closed for entry and exit. The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported in its Sept. 27 update that Russian occupying forces have “completely closed” the occupied parts of Ukraine’s southern Kherson Oblast for entry or exit. The Ukrainian government earlier urged residents to evacuate among Ukraine’s unfolding counteroffensive in the area.
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