The war continues. On Friday, Russia launched referendums aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western nations who dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognise their results.
⚡️Monitoring group: Over 764 people detained during anti-mobilization protests in Russia on Sept. 24.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 24, 2022
According to the Russian independent monitoring group OVD-Info, police detained more than 764 people in 33 cities across Russia, including at least 390 in Moscow.
According to Russian state news agency TASS, Moscow may "annex" Ukraine's partially occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts on Sept. 30, following sham referendums.https://t.co/eg0MyBcPj6— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 24, 2022
Protest against mobilization in St. Petersburg— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) September 24, 2022
55.000 ���� soldiers died in this war in six months. Tens of thousands are wounded and maimed. Want more? No? Then protest. Fight back. Run away. Or surrender to Ukrainian captivity. These are options for you to survive @ZelenskyyUa pic.twitter.com/Xb8Ay6YOyC
Most of 215 Ukrainian servicemen released from Russian captivity on Sep 21 are in a shock and have anorexia, traumas— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) September 24, 2022
They receive necessary medical care, will soon have their passports and bank cards restored with salary, head of Azov patronage said. https://t.co/OnHg5AfJfA pic.twitter.com/eAOakFbtWw
⚡️ Estonia submits ICJ declaration denouncing Russian genocide in Ukraine.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 24, 2022
“Russia’s aggression on the pretext of preventing and punishing genocide has seriously undermined the meaning of such a horrible crime as genocide,” said Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu.
"I won't comment anything. Just will say that they gave this allegedly so that our hands remember [how to hold guns]. Still, I'm f****** shocked," a mobilized Russian soldier says on the video about issued rusty Kalashnikov assault rifles. pic.twitter.com/ztG4bG4PA8— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) September 24, 2022
⚡️ New York Times: Putin rejects commanders’ requests to withdraw from Kherson.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 24, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been more directly involved in planning Russia’s war in Ukraine, reports New York Times, citing unnamed U.S. officials.
⚡️ SBU identifies Russian commander who ordered troops to torture Kherson residents.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 24, 2022
Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) said on Sept. 24 that it identified Alexander Naumenko, a Russian commander who reportedly instructed Russian troops to kidnap and torture Kherson residents.