Consequences of a Russian missile attack on Kramatorsk, Donetsk region of Ukraine.A photo: ZOHRA BENSEMRA, Reuters/Scanpix
This is the 223rd day of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russia is formalizing the illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions. Ukraine continues its counteroffensive in several directions.
The main thing that happened by noon on October 4th.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, over the past day there were 370 soldiers of the invading army, 44 tanks and 27 armored vehicles were destroyed. The Armed Forces of Ukraine claim that the total losses of the Russian army and its satellites since February 24 have already amounted to 60,800 people.
According to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, over the past day the Russian army launched 3 missile and 12 air strikes, fired more than 100 MLRS attacks. More than 20 settlements were affected by them. In particular, Belogorovka, Zaitsevo, Marinka and Bakhmut.
As a result of the actions of Russian troops, one civilian was killed in Krasnogorovka, two more were injured in Kramatorsk and Bakhmut, the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Kirilenko, said on October 4.
According to regional governor Valentin Reznichenko, Russian troops are also fired from a multiple launch rocket system and artillery Nikopol Dnipropetrovsk region, injuring four people and damaging more than 30 multi-storey residential buildings and private houses. As a result of the shelling, the city was left without water. More than 7,000 households are out of power, Reznichenko added.
On the morning of October 4 Russia fired ten S-300 missiles at Zaporozhyeinjuring a man and hitting a rehabilitation center for children with special needs, said the governor of the Zaporozhye region Alexander Starukh.
According to the governor of the Kharkiv region Oleg Sinegubov, 46-year-old woman died as a result of a strike by Russian troops on the night of October 4th. The Kholodnogorsk district of Kharkiv and critical infrastructure facilities of the Novobavarsky district were shelled.
About the course very little is known about the Ukrainian offensive in the Donetsk and Kherson regions. The Ukrainian side continues to adhere to the “silence regime”.
British military intelligence in a recent report argues that the postponed spring conscription in the Russian army may indicate a low mobilization potential. Russia’s usual fall recruiting cycle will start on November 1, a month later than usual, indicating “growing pressure on Russia’s ability to train and equip large numbers of new recruits”, according to British military analysts. The summary said that “weaknesses in the Russian administrative and logistical systems” will continue to undermine Moscow’s efforts.
Russia plans to train 120,000 military personnel called up as part of the autumn draft.
The upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council, voted unanimously for the ratification of the treaties on the annexation of four regions of Ukraine: Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. “During the referendums, residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Luhansk People’s Republic, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions clearly expressed their position by voting for the return to their true great Motherland – Russia… We are one people! Our united Fatherland is Russia!” – said the speaker of the council Valentina Matvienko. Previously, the treaties were ratified by the State Duma.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky approved the decisions of the National Defense Council adopted on September 30, which, in particular, legally fix the impossibility of negotiations with Vladimir Putin: “To state the impossibility of holding negotiations with the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin,” the document says. At the same time, Zelensky formally approved his own announced decision to apply for Ukraine to join NATO.
American businessman, richest man in the world, Elon Musk on twitter predicted the most likely, in his opinion, option for ending the war in Ukraine. It includes four items:
– re-holding elections in the annexed regions under the supervision of the UN (Russia leaves, if such is the will of the people);
– Crimea formally becomes part of Russia (Musk believes that “it was like this from 1783 until Khrushchev’s mistake”);
– water supplies to the Crimea are provided;
– Ukraine remains a neutral state.
– Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people.
– Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake).
– Water supply to Crimea assured.
– Ukraine remains neutral.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 3, 2022
The tweets of the entrepreneur caused an extremely harsh critical reaction from Ukraine.
At the end of last week it became known that a large number of Ukrainian refugees have accumulated on the border of the Pskov region of Russia and Estonia, as well as Latvia. Many people wait in line to leave the Russian Federation for 3-7 days at the Kunichnaya Gora, Shumilkino, Burachki checkpoints. Volunteers from Pskov, Moscow and St. Petersburg over the weekend organized the delivery of tourist equipment for overnight stays, food and medicine to the border. Today, the Russian authorities have also reacted to the situation.
“He instructed to organize an exit trade in essential products, as well as to install heating and rain protection points,” said Mikhail Vedernikov, Governor of the Pskov Region. At the same time, he announced that mobile recruiting stations will be deployed at the borders. From the point of view of its own legislation, Russia has the right to mobilize Ukrainian citizens as well, if they also have Russian citizenship.
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