5:26 p.m .: 436 bodies exhumed from the graves of Izioum, including 30 with “signs of torture”
The Ukrainian authorities have exhumed 436 corpses which were buried in a forest near the town of Izium retaken from the Russians, the governor of the Kharkiv region (northeast) announced on Friday.
“Most show signs of violent death and 30 show signs of torture,” Oleg Sinegoubov said on Telegram.
4:44 p.m .: Finland will “significantly” limit the entry of Russians on its soil
Finland has decided to take measures to “significantly” limit the entry of Russian citizens on its soil, the government announced, after having already divided by ten the tourist visas granted.
The Nordic country, which has seen an increase in the entry of Russians to its land border since Moscow’s announcement of a mobilization of reservists for the war in Ukraine, will “significantly restrict the entry of Russian citizens and the issuance of visas on the basis for a serious attack on Finland’s international position, ”says the executive.
4:17 p.m .: Civilian killed in Russian attack on Iranian drone on the city of Odessa
A civilian was killed in a Russian attack carried out using Iranian drones on the port city of Odessa, in southern Ukraine.
“Odessa was attacked by suicide drones from the sea. Two drones destroyed the administration building in the port,” the army’s southern command said on Telegram, adding that a civilian had been killed and that an Iranian Shahed-136 drone had been shot down over the sea.
3:13 p.m .: Ukraine claims new gains in the East
The Ukrainian army announced on Friday that it had taken over the town of Yatskivka, in the Donetsk region, in the east of the country, from the Russians, at a time when Moscow is organizing annexation referendums in several regions of Ukraine under its Russian control. . She also says that she has advanced south of Bakhmout, an eastern town that the Russian army has been trying to take for months without success.
The capture of Yatskivka, on the eastern bank of the Oskil River, seems to confirm the continuation of a counter-offensive which has already enabled kyiv to retake several thousand square kilometers in the neighboring region of Kharkiv.
3:05 p.m .: Zelensky “shocked” by Israel’s lack of aid to Ukraine
The Ukrainian president recalled on TV5 Monde the importance of the “technology”, “intelligence” and “armoured” sent by kyiv’s allies. “The Caesar Cannons, sent by France, help us a lot,” he remarked.
On the other hand, he reproached Israel for its lack of material aid: “I am shocked. I don’t understand. Israel provided us with nothing, nothing, zero,” he lamented. He also waved to the Chinese, despite their “ambiguous” position: “I would like them to help Ukraine,” he said.
2:48 p.m .: kyiv loses “nearly 50” men every day, estimates Zelensky
Also on TV5 Monde, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky estimated that “nearly 50” Ukrainians would die every day in the context of the war. “These are not the exact figures because we do not know how many soldiers and civilians remain on the territory”, specifies the Ukrainian president, who explains that the position of the army is “not to provide the exact number of soldiers Ukrainians killed or wounded”. There would however, according to him, “five times less Ukrainian soldiers killed than Russian soldiers”.
2:14 p.m .: “Nobody knows what Putin will do tomorrow”, according to Zelensky
In an interview granted to TV5 Monde, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assures that kyiv has “the initiative today” compared to Moscow. “We are confident in our victory,” said the head of state, but warned: “Nobody knows what Putin will do tomorrow (…). For him, telling the truth or lying is pretty much the same thing. »
He calls on the Russians to rebel rather than accept mobilization. “If they come to Ukraine, they will have to shoot at the Ukrainians and we will have to shoot at them”, regrets Volodymyr Zelensky.
1:08 p.m .: Chinese Foreign Minister meets his Ukrainian counterpart in New York
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kouleba on Friday, assuring him that Beijing called for respecting “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries”, Chinese state media reported on Friday.
This interview, which could annoy the Kremlin, comes at a time when referendums on annexation by Russia began on Friday in regions of Ukraine controlled in whole or in part by Moscow. “The legitimate security concerns of all parties must be taken seriously,” Wang Yi said, however, in reference to Russian concerns over NATO expansion.
11:15 am: “War crimes have been committed” in Ukraine, according to UN investigators
The UN had so far spoken of suspicions of war crimes in Ukraine, but investigators from the organization concluded on Friday that such atrocities have been committed in the country since the Russian invasion in February.
During the investigations in four regions, the commission visited 27 cities and localities and interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses, explained its president, Erik Mose, during a first oral report before the Council.
“We were struck by the large number of executions in the regions we visited. We have received credible allegations regarding many other cases of executions, which we are in the process of documenting,” Mose said.
10:30 a.m.: Ukrainian farming village queues for food
Ukrainian land is reputed to be among the most fertile in the world, but after seven months of war, the inhabitants of the agricultural village of Lebiajé, close to the front, have to rely on humanitarian aid to feed themselves.
Lebiajé is downstream of a major dam on the Siversky Donets River damaged this week by a Russian missile, as Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure increase.
9:10 am: Putin satisfied with the exchange of prisoners with Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have expressed “satisfaction” after a prisoner exchange with Ukraine involving foreign fighters, mediated by Riyadh.
kyiv announced on Wednesday that it had recovered 215 Ukrainian and foreign fighters during an exchange with Moscow, which for its part recovered 55 Russian prisoners, including ex-MP Viktor Medvedchuk, a close friend of Mr. Putin, accused of high treason in Ukraine.
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8:30 am: Russian television broadcasts the first images of a voter
Relayed on Twitter, the images shot by Russian television show a man who votes in front of his home, the ballot being first organized door-to-door.
The man says he is “happy to vote for membership in Russia”.
Images of a voter, filmed by Russian television
7 a.m.: Annexation votes for occupied regions begin
From this Friday and until Tuesday, four regions of southern and eastern Ukraine under total or partial control of Moscow will vote in elections organized in an emergency to be annexed by Russia, “simulacra of referendums denounced in the West.
“The vote starts tomorrow and nothing can prevent it,” the head of the occupation administration of the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, Vladimir Saldo, told Russian television on Thursday.
The electoral body of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, in the east, indicated that “for security reasons” the ballot would be organized almost door-to-door, “in front of homes” for four days, polling stations opening “only on the last day”, i.e. September 27.
The former Russian president and number two of the country’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, told him on Telegram that the separatist regions of Lugansk and Donetsk (east), which form the Donbass basin, as well as Kherson and Zaporizhia (south ), “will integrate Russia”.
What to remember from Thursday
- Nearly 10,000 people have volunteered to be mobilized in the past 24 hours, while many Russians have left their country to escape possible mobilization on the Ukrainian front.
- Germany is ready to welcome deserters from the Russian army “threatened with serious repression”.
- The UN Secretary-General called for an investigation into the “catalogue of cruelties” taking place in Ukraine, during a meeting of the Security Council on the “impunity” of crimes committed since the invasion of the country by the Russia.
- Emmanuel Macron called for resisting the “blackmail” of Vladimir Putin: “Our duty is to hold our line”.
- On the ground, the missiles continue to rain down: one person died during strikes in Zaporijjia (south), and in least six others in Donetsk, a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
5:45 am: Hello everyone, welcome to this live where we will follow the situation around the conflict in Ukraine, on the 211th day of the Russian invasion.