Ukrainian forces are advancing along the Dnieper River in the south of the country and are still on the offensive in the east, meaning that the Russian army no longer controls the entire territory it annexed. In the meantime, the first mobilized Russian soldiers arrived in the Donetsk Basin.
According to the Russian authorities, the first mobilized Russian soldiers have arrived in the occupied Ukrainian region of Donetsk and Luhansk. The Russian Ministry of Defense wrote on Telegram that the first mobilized soldiers are already being trained in the Donetsk region, and even before that, the command of the Russian army announced the arrival of reservists in Luhansk. According to the ministry, reservists will guard supply routes in the rear of the front after training.
The British Ministry of Defense published a report warning that Russia would not be able to provide sufficient equipment and the necessary military training for so many conscripts. As one of the indicators, they highlighted this year’s recruiting cycle, which is supposed to start a month later than usual. “The challenges associated with housing, training, equipping and deploying mobilized and conscripted personnel are enormous,” is written in the report, which, among other things, points to shortcomings in the Russian administrative and logistics systems.
On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order to mobilize hundreds of thousands of reservists, but many irregularities were soon discovered, as people who did not meet the conditions for this were also called up. As a result, Moscow suspended and transferred the officer in the Khabarovsk region on Monday Jurija Lajkoas several thousand people were mistakenly conscripted there to fight in Ukraine.
“Of the several thousand compatriots who received a summons and came to the conscription offices in the last ten days, about half of them were sent home because they did not meet the criteria for conscription,” said the governor of the region Mihail Degtaryev. He emphasized that this will not affect the fulfillment of the tasks assigned to them by the Russian president.
Meanwhile, according to the Russian news agency Tass, local authorities in the Yakutia region also sent around 300 men home because they were unjustly conscripted.
Training at 80 training grounds
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu meanwhile announced that more than 200,000 people have already been called up as part of the partial mobilization, and their training is taking place at 80 training grounds and six training centers. In doing so, he emphasized that many volunteers had also applied, and urged the mobilization centers not to reject them if there were no serious reasons for doing so. He also reiterated that the competent agencies had received instructions to equip the recruits with the necessary equipment and train them.
The fear of partial mobilization prompted many Russians to retreat to most of the surrounding countries, such as the Baltic States, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. More than 200,000 Russian citizens have entered Kazakhstan alone since the mobilization was announced, and approximately 147,000 Russians are expected to leave the country, Kazakhstan’s interior minister said today Marat Akhmetyanov. At the same time, he emphasized that entry will not be restricted for Russian citizens, adding that 68 applications for obtaining Kazakh citizenship have been submitted so far.
Fierce fighting in the south and east
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in an overnight video address that the army had succeeded “conquer some new places in several provinces”, but that fierce fighting is taking place in several areas. The losses of the Russian army were confirmed both in the Kremlin and by pro-Russian leaders in the Ukrainian regions. They also announced that the Russian army is defending itself with all its might, writes the BBC.
On Monday, the Ukrainian units managed to win an important victory, as they conquered several villages along the Dnieper river in the south, among other things, they once again control the places of Solota Balka and Hreščenivka. With their rapid advance, they threaten the supply routes of the Russian army. About 25,000 Russian troops are said to be on the west bank of the Dnieper, and the Ukrainian army has badly damaged the Antonivsky bridge, through which the Russians supply their troops in the center of Kherson.
Representative of the Russian occupation forces in the Kherson region Kiril Stremusov confirmed that the Ukrainian forces near Dudčani moved about 20 kilometers south. The Ukrainian army destroyed 31 tanks in this area.
Ukrainian forces are also achieving success in the east of the country, after taking full control of the city of Liman in the Donetsk region at the end of the week. It was Ukraine’s first military victory on territory seized by Russia.
The accession was also confirmed by the upper house of the Russian parliament
After being the president of Russia Vladimir Putin solemnly announced the annexation of the four Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Kherson on Friday, their annexation to Russia was also unanimously approved by the lower house of the Russian parliament, the Duma, on Monday.
Today, the upper house of the Russian parliament also decided on the annexation and unanimously accepted the annexation of all four Ukrainian regions to Russia. The document will now be back in the hands of President Putin, who will sign it again. This will complete the formal process of annexation, and Russia will annex 18 percent of Ukraine’s territory. Her move is not recognized by the international community.
The Kremlin admitted on Monday that they are still assessing which parts of occupied Ukraine belong to the annexed territories.
The Acts of Annexation state that the four republics and regions, which will retain their current names, were officially established on the date of their annexation, which is Friday 30 September. The boundaries of the new entities will be the same as the existing ones “existed on the day of their establishment and annexation to Russia”. Residents of the newly created entities are considered Russian citizens from the date the regions were annexed to Russia. Those who want to renounce their Russian citizenship have one month to apply for it.
The US promises Ukraine additional Himars missile systems
The United States will send four more modern Himars missile systems to Ukraine, which play a key role in the fight against the Russian military, an unnamed US military official said Monday in Washington. It will be part of a new $625 million aid package to be officially announced today.
High Mobility Artillery Missile Systems (Himars) allow the Ukrainians to shell Russian forces from afar, destroy bridges and other infrastructure, and hinder the supply of Russian troops at the front. The USA has already delivered 16 such systems to Ukraine.
The U.S. also provided assistance to Ukraine under a special program, the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, under which Kyiv can purchase 18 more Himars systems with long-term installment payments. The latest aid package also includes ammunition and other equipment for Ukrainian troops.