War in Ukraine. Arrests of Russian demonstrators, citizens “sent to death” … what to remember from this Saturday

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9:53 p.m .: Putin “sends citizens to death” knowingly, Zelensky tells Russians

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking directly to Russian citizens on Saturday evening, told them that their president was knowingly sending “citizens to their deaths”. “Russian power fully understands that it is sending its citizens to their deaths,” he said in Russian, calling on Moscow’s forces to surrender. “You will be treated in a civilized manner…no one will know the circumstances of your surrender,” he said just hours after Russia passed a law toughening penalties for voluntary surrender and desertion.

20h05 : Lavrov accuses the West of ‘grotesque’ Russophobia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced the “unprecedented” and “grotesque” Russophobia of the West on Saturday at the United Nations, also accusing the United States of taking itself “almost for an envoy of God on Earth “.

18h40 : At the UN, China calls on Russia and Ukraine not to let the conflict “spill over”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday called on Ukraine and Russia not to let the war “spill over”, during his speech to the UN General Assembly. “We call on all parties concerned to prevent the crisis from overflowing and to protect the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries,” he said, also calling for a “peaceful resolution” of the conflict.

6:24 p.m .: More than 700 demonstrators against the mobilization in Russia arrested

Russian authorities arrested more than 700 people on Saturday during demonstrations against the mobilization of reservists to fight in Ukraine, decreed this week by President Vladimir Putin, reported the NGO OVD-Info, an organization specializing in counting arrests. The arrests took place in 32 cities across Russia, nearly half of them in Moscow.

“We are not cannon fodder! said a young woman in Moscow as police in riot helmets led her away. This is one of the slogans of the demonstrators opposed to sending mobilized troops to Ukraine.

5:16 p.m .: “Significant” influx of vehicles seeking to cross from Russia to Georgia

The Russian authorities recognized on Saturday a “significant” influx of cars seeking to go to Georgia, in full mobilization to fight in Ukraine, with some 2,300 vehicles counted at a single border post.

An influx that could still strengthen, while Putin has just increased the penalties for surrender or refusal to fight.

3:38 p.m .: Putin wants to increase the penalties for surrender or refusal to fight

While on the military ground, Russia accuses of serious advances by the Ukrainian army, Vladimir Putin is trying to relaunch his offensive. And seeks to recruit more men to fight Ukraine. Hence the announcement of the partial mobilization of reservists on Wednesday. But since then, many Russians who can be mobilized have tried to flee the country and thus avoid being enrolled in the army. Vladimir Putin has therefore just signed a law on Saturday increasing the penalties for surrender or refusal to fight. The amendments provide for up to ten years in prison for the military who desert or refuse to fight during mobilization.

At the same time, the Russian president signed a text facilitating access to Russian nationality for foreigners enlisting in the army for a period of at least one year.

1:28 p.m .: The Russian “deputy defense minister” dismissed from his post

Russia announced on Saturday the replacement of its highest ranking officer in charge of logistics, while its offensive in Ukraine showed difficulties in this area. “Army General Dmitry Bulgakov has been relieved of his duties as Deputy Defense Minister” and is replaced by Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev who will be “responsible for the material and technical supply of the armed forces”, declared the Ministry of the Defense in a press release.

12:35 p.m .: The President of the European Council asks to open the borders to those fleeing Russia

In an interview with Politicothe President of the European Council Charles Michel asked that the European Union “open up to those who do not want to be exploited by the Kremlin”, and who seek to flee the country to escape partial mobilization.

Otherwise, the BBC reports that the number of cars at borders Russian-Georgian and Russian-Finnish has greatly increased in recent hours. A 10 kilometer long queue has formed at the gates of Georgia, forcing some people to wait more than 20 hours before leaving Russia.

11:00 a.m .: Russia continues bombardments in the regions where the referendums are held

The mayor of the city of Zaporizhia indicated this Saturday on his Telegram account that Russian strikes were targeting certain infrastructure in the region. Oleksandr Starukh reports that a missile left one dead and seven injured in an apartment.

9:14 am: Yaël Braun-Pivet expected in Ukraine with deputies

The President of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, is going to Poland and Ukraine next week, accompanied by a delegation of deputies, with the program of women’s rights and field visits, her entourage said on Saturday. .

For this trip, Yaël Braun-Pivet (Renaissance) will be accompanied by the socialist Valérie Rabault, vice-president of the Assembly, as well as the presidents of the committees for Defense Thomas Gassiloud, Foreign Affairs Jean-Louis Bourlanges, European Affairs Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade, and the local French deputy, Anne Genetet.

8:06 am: Joe Biden assures that Russia will be severely sanctioned in the event of annexations

Joe Biden has assured that the United States and its allies will impose new economic sanctions “quick and severe on Russia” if it annexes territories in Ukraine, within the framework of “referendums” which continue on Saturday.

Previously, in a joint statement, the G7 countries (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) had called on “all countries to unequivocally reject these fictitious referendums”, “simulacra” which “have neither legal effect nor legitimacy”.

7:05 am: The reception of Russian deserters, a dilemma for the EU

Germany is ready to welcome them, the Baltic countries are hostile to them: the fate of Russians fleeing military mobilization divides the European Union, caught between the desire to support opponents of Vladimir Putin and fears for the security of the bloc.

In Brussels, the European Commission “is following the situation very carefully” and is consulting with member states, its spokesman, Eric Mamer, said on Friday. “It’s a tricky question,” he acknowledged. An emergency meeting of the ambassadors of the 27 is scheduled for Monday in Brussels.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna felt that it was necessary “to respond to the desire of a large part of the Russian population to express their opinions and sometimes to leave Russia to come to the rest of the continent”.

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