Scholz names Putin’s mobilization "act of despair"

Chancellor Olaf Scholz addressed warning words to Moscow.Image: dpa / Michael Kappeler

Ukraine blog

Anna von Stefenelli
Jannik Sauer

Almost seven months after the start of the Russian war of aggression, Kyiv was able to take large areas to the east and south of the Soviet Union in a major counter-offensive Ukraine recapture. Russia reacted to this by partially mobilizing its population and intends to send 300,000 reservists into the war.

In addition, votes on accession to Russia are being held in the Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. The West has announced that it will not accept what it considers a sham referendum.

21st September

3:14 p.m .: Scholz calls Putin’s mobilization “act of desperation”

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has described the recent decisions by President Vladimir Putin and his government as an “act of desperation”. “Russia cannot win this criminal war,” said Scholz on Wednesday in New York on the fringes of the UN General Assembly. “With the latest decisions, Putin and Russia are only making things much worse.” Putin “completely underestimated” the situation from the start. This applies both to the resistance of the Ukrainians and to the unity of the friends of Ukraine.

2:02 p.m .: USA and NATO condemn Putin’s threat with nuclear weapons

the United States take Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons According to the White House, “very serious” and have announced “serious consequences” in the event of an emergency. For a nuclear power, this is “irresponsible rhetoric,” said John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council in the White House, on ABC TV on Wednesday. But it’s not untypical for Putin, “we take it very seriously,” he said. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also condemned Putin’s “reckless nuclear rhetoric”.

The Russian President had previously announced a partial mobilization of Russians of military age and threatened the West that Russia would use all “available means” to protect its territory. “Those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tide can also turn in their direction.”

“This is dangerous and ruthless nuclear rhetoric,” said NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg on the fringes of the UN general debate in New York. This is nothing new for Putin. “He knows very well that a nuclear war should never be fought and cannot be won, and it will have unprecedented consequences for Russia.”

According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a nuclear war cannot produce a winner.

According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a nuclear war cannot produce a winner.Image: dpa / Boris Roessler

8.49 a.m .: Russia orders partial mobilization

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a “partial mobilization” of Russians of military age. He supports the Defense Ministry’s proposal to mobilize reservists who have already served and have “relevant experience,” Putin said in a recorded televised speech on Wednesday. A corresponding decree has already been signed. According to the Ministry of Defense, 300,000 reservists are to be mobilized.

With the announcement, the Kremlin chief is paving the way for a further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. In his address to the nation, Putin accused the West of wanting to “destroy” Russia. Russia will use all “available means” to protect its territory, he said.

Vladimir Putin wants to mobilize 300,000 reservists for his war in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin wants to mobilize 300,000 reservists for his war in Ukraine. Image: Russian Presidential Press Service

8.34 a.m .: Kyiv wants to make voting in sham referendums a punishable offense

Against the background of the imminent mock referendums in the Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, the leadership in Kyiv has warned its compatriots not to vote. “Any participation in the “referendums” is considered a violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine”Advisor to the Presidential Office Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on Tuesday evening Twitter. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had previously declared the organization of the sham referendums to be punishable in a statement.

8.10 a.m .: Putin announces possible annexation of Ukrainian territories

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the possible annexation of Ukrainian territories using mock referendums in the occupied territories. “We support the decision made by the majority of citizens in the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, in the Kherson and Zaporizhia Oblasts,” Putin said in a televised address on Wednesday.

In addition to the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, the Russian-occupied areas of Cherson and Zaporizhia in the south also want a vote on joining Russia. The simultaneous mock referendums are to be held from 23 to 27 September. They are seen as a reaction to the current Ukrainian counter-offensive in the east of the country.

September 20th

5:11 p.m .: According to Scholz, sham referendums in eastern Ukraine are not accepted

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has declared the planned referendums in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk on accession to Russia to be contrary to international law. It was “very, very clear that these sham referendums cannot be accepted, that they are not covered by international law and by the understandings that the international community has reached,” he said on Tuesday on the fringes of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The pro-Russian leadership in the occupied territories, here the head of the separatist parliament in Luhansk, Denis Miroshnichenko, is planning mock referendums.

The pro-Russian leadership in the occupied territories, here the head of the separatist parliament in Luhansk, Denis Miroshnichenko, is planning mock referendums. Image: IMAGO/ITAR-TASS

4:44 p.m .: Scholz accuses Putin of “blatant imperialism”.

At the United Nations, Chancellor Olaf Scholz accused Russia of “blatant imperialism” and added further support to Ukraine weapons assured. “Putin will only give up his war and his imperial ambitions when he realizes: he cannot win this war”, said Scholz on Tuesday evening (local time) according to a previously published speech before the UN General Assembly in New York. “Not only is he destroying Ukraine, he is also ruining his own country.”

In his first speech to the UN, Scholz also advocated harsh punishment for Russian war crimes. “We have to look and act when Russia commits war crimes in Mariupol, Bucha or Irpin. We will hold the murderers accountable.” Germany support the International Criminal Court and the Independent Commission of Inquiry set up by the Human Rights Council with all his might.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recognizes parts of Ukraine as Russian territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recognizes parts of Ukraine as Russian territory.Image: Pool Sputnik Kremlin / Konstantin Zavrazhin

3:50 p.m .: Four regions announce referendums on annexation to Russia

Pro-Russian separatist leaders in the contested Luhansk and Donetsk regions of eastern Ukraine have set the dates for their contentious referendums on accession to Russia. The voting will be held simultaneously from September 23 to 27, the separatists said on Tuesday, according to the Interfax news agency. The referendums are seen as a reaction to the current Ukrainian counter-offensive in the east of the country.

At the same time as the self-proclaimed People’s Republics, the contested Cherson region in the south and the Zaporizhia region, in which the contested nuclear power plant is located, also want to have a vote on joining Russia.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is currently under Russian control.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is currently under Russian control.Image: AP

7.16 a.m .: Ukraine brings its lawsuit to the UN

Ukraine is taking its complaint about the Russian war of aggression to the highest stage of world public opinion, in front of the United Nations General Assembly. It is an important day and he is preparing his subsequent speech via video link, said President Volodymyr Zelenskyj about the start of the UN general debate in New York on Tuesday. “There will be important signals from our state,” he announced in a speech distributed from Kyiv on Monday evening.

The Ukrainian head of state is scheduled to speak on Wednesday – exceptionally via video link instead of at the lectern of the General Assembly. Russia had tried to only allow Zelenskyj to speak in the foreseeable, unlikely event that he would have come to New York in person. The member states rejected this condition with a majority, so that the Ukrainian head of state is now involved.

6.07 a.m .: Selenskyj with his military: Fast action is necessary

After consulting with his military officials, Zelenskyy said that the Ukrainian forces had a firm grip on the situation in the liberated areas near Kharkiv in the east. He thanked individual army brigades, but also the SBU secret service, whose leadership he replaced in July. In the meantime, the SBU is making sure “that the occupying forces have nowhere to stay on Ukrainian soil.”

Many areas in the Kharkiv region are now back in Ukrainian and.

Many areas in the Kharkiv region are now back in Ukrainian and. Image: SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire / Oleksii Chumachenko

At the same time, the head of state called for quick action: Speed ​​is important in stabilizing the liberated regions, normalizing life there and advancing troops. Support from abroad must also keep up with this pace, he demanded.

5.33 a.m .: Separatists want rapid accession to Russia

With Ukrainian troops advancing in the east, Moscow’s governors in the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk are pushing ahead with a campaign for rapid accession to Russia. In the People’s Republic of Luhansk, a so-called civil chamber appealed to the local leadership to hold a referendum on the annexation soon. A little later, in the People’s Republic of Donetsk, the Citizens’ Chamber followed with the same request, as reported by the Russian news agency Tass. The people in the Cherson region are also demanding a referendum, said the head of administration Kirill Stremoussov, appointed by Russia.

You can find older news about the war in Ukraine here.

(nik/ast/with material from dpa, afp and Reuters)

Leave a Comment