News from Ukraine – live: Putin says mobilized troops will be ready in two weeks

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Putin says mobilized troops will be ready in two weeks

Vladimir Putin said on Friday he believed the “partial mobilization” of army reservists ordered last month would be completed in two weeks, boosting Russia’s combat strength.

He told reporters after attending a summit in Kazakhstan on Friday that a total of 222,000 reservists would be called up, up from 300,000 initially.

In total, 33,000 of them are already in military units and 16,000 are involved in the military operation in Ukraine.

October 15, 2022 11:10 am

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Zelensky swears victory against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pledged victory over Russia on Friday as his country marked its first Defenders Day holiday since the invasion of Moscow began nearly eight months ago.

“On October 14, we express our gratitude…our gratitude to all those who have fought for Ukraine in the past. And to all who are fighting for it now. To all who won then. And to everyone who will definitely win now,” Mr. Zelensky said in a video address to mark the occasion.

Mr Zelensky laid a wreath in the yellow and blue colors of the Ukrainian flag at a memorial in the capital Kyiv, dedicated to soldiers killed on the front lines since 2014, when fighting broke out with Russian-backed separatists in the is.

Mr Zelensky said that by “defeating” Russia “we will respond to all the enemies who have encroached on Ukraine”.

“It will be a victory for all our people,” he said.

“The world is with us. More than ever in our history,” he added.

(APE)

October 15, 2022 10:45 am

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Russian reservists called up to fight in Ukraine “must buy their own bulletproof vest”

Many Russian reservists called up to fight in Ukraine have to buy their own body armor, British intelligence chiefs have said.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in its daily update that “endemic corruption and poor logistics” remained a cause of Russia’s “poor performance” in Ukraine.

Adding that the average amount of personal equipment Russia provided to its mobilized reservists was “almost certainly lower than the already mediocre supply of previously deployed troops.”

The Ministry of Defense wrote: “Many reservists are likely required to purchase their own body armor, particularly the modern 6B45 vest, which is intended for issue to combat units as part of the equipment program Ratnik staff.

October 15, 2022 10:30 am

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Newly mobilized Russian soldiers are already returning in coffins

Coffins containing the bodies of men conscripted by the Kremlin last month are already being repatriated to Russia from Ukraine.

Pro-war Russian bloggers said the deaths of conscripts just three weeks after Vladimir Putin ordered a mobilization showed how chaotic the process had been.

“Some commanders in the field should be shot,” Anastasia Kashevarova told her 180,000 followers on social media channel Telegram. “The result of the mobilization is that untrained guys are thrown into the front line. Zinc coffins are already being sent back to Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow.

(APE)

October 15, 2022 10:15 am

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Watch: 11-year-old boy rescued from rubble after shelling in Mykolaiv

11-year-old boy rescued from rubble after shelling in Mykolaiv

October 15, 2022 10:00

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IMF countries step up calls to end war in Ukraine

On Friday, member countries of the International Monetary Fund issued a near-unanimous call for Russia to end its war in Ukraine, the chairman of the IMF’s governing board said, calling the conflict the main factor fueling inflation and slowing down the global economy.

But Nadia Calvino, Spain’s economy minister, told a news conference that Russia had again blocked consensus on issuing a joint statement at a meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee.

Calvino said the call for an end to the war was louder than at IMF and World Bank meetings in April, as the conflict causes food and energy insecurity, rising prices and risks to stability financial.

October 15, 2022 9:38 a.m.

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What are NASAMS? Ukraine hails ‘new era’ of air defense as allies rush systems in response to Russian missiles

On the ground, the Ukrainian military has reclaimed swaths of territory from Russia in a series of blistering counter-offensives over the past few months. It demonstrated its ability to strike far behind enemy lines, notably when it hit the Kerch Strait bridge connecting Crimea to the mainland, Richard Hall writing.

But despite these successes, it remained vulnerable to air attack. Russia’s response to the strike on the strategically important bridge was fierce and swift: a flurry of more than 75 missiles rained down on Ukrainian towns across the country, hitting civilian and military targets. Although not all of the missiles hit their mark, it was a painful reminder of this vulnerability.

Speaking after the strikes, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on allies to step up deliveries of advanced air defense systems.

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October 15, 2022 09:12

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Saudi Arabia announces $400 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Saudi Arabia will provide $400 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine, Saudi state news agency SPA said, adding that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had phoned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday.

The crown prince expressed the kingdom’s willingness to continue mediation efforts and support anything that contributes to de-escalation, SPA added.

October 15, 2022 08:21

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Idaho man dies while volunteering in Ukraine

In the days after Dane Partridge was fatally injured while serving as a volunteer soldier in Ukraine, his sister found moments of solace in surprising places: first, a misplaced baseball cap discovered in her laundry room, then on a photo of a dented van. with only one tire intact.

The 34-year-old from Idaho died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a Russian attack in Lugansk.

A former US Army infantryman, Partridge felt “spiritually called” to volunteer with the Ukrainian military as it defended the country against invading Russian forces, his sister Jenny Corry said. He flew to Poland on a one-way ticket in April, his backpack stuffed with a body armor, helmet and other tactical gear.

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October 15, 2022 08:00

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Vladimir Putin has “no regrets” about the war in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin said he had “no” regrets about the war in Ukraine and warned that any direct clash of NATO troops with Russia could lead to a “global catastrophe”.

Mr Putin, who has said he is ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia’s “territorial integrity”, warned that a direct confrontation with NATO troops is a “very dangerous step”.

When asked if he had any regrets about the conflict, he said “no” and insisted that Russia was doing the right thing.

He also said: “Introducing troops into a direct confrontation with the Russian military is a very dangerous step that could lead to global catastrophe. I hope those who talk about it have enough common sense not to take such action.

(via Reuters)

October 15, 2022 07:40

Christi C. Elwood