Russia-Ukraine war latest: what we know on day 212 of the invasion

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  • Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called connected Russians to defy the partial subject mobilisation announced by Vladimir Putin, which has sparked protests and a caller exodus retired of Russia. The Ukrainian president said successful his regular code connected Thursday: “55,000 Russian soldiers died successful these six months of warfare … Want more? No? Then protest, combat back, tally away, oregon surrender” to the Ukrainian army.

  • Thousands of men crossed Russia person been handed draught papers aft the mobilisation announcement. Among those called up since Putin’s announcement connected Wednesday were Russians detained portion protesting against the mobilisation, the autarkic OVD-Info protestation monitoring radical said.

  • Traffic astatine Russian borderline crossings with Finland and Georgia surged after the mobilisation announcement sparked fears that men of warring property would beryllium called to the frontlines successful Ukraine. Prices for one-way flights retired of Moscow to the nearest overseas locations roseate supra $5,000 (£4,435), with astir aerial tickets sold retired for the coming days. Photos showed agelong tailbacks astatine borderline crossings with Finland and Georgia.

  • In response, Finland’s premier curate said her authorities was considering ways to sharply trim Russian tourism and transit done Finland. “The government’s volition is precise clear: we judge Russian tourism [to Finland] indispensable beryllium stopped, arsenic good arsenic transit done Finland,” Sanna Marin told reporters.

  • The Kremlin has dismissed reports of an exodus of Russian men of warring property arsenic “exaggerated”. The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, besides declined to contradict Russian media reports that immoderate anti-mobilisation protesters detained connected Wednesday night had been fixed draught papers, saying: “This is not against the law.”

  • Putin is giving directions straight to generals successful the field, CNN reported. The nonstop orders from the Russian president to generals “hints astatine the dysfunctional bid structure” that has affected Russian forces connected the battlefield, according to 2 sources acquainted with American and occidental quality who spoke to CNN.

  • Nato has condemned plans to clasp “referendums” on joining the Russian Federation in Russian-occupied regions successful Ukraine, describing them arsenic Moscow’s “blatant attempts astatine territorial conquest”. “Sham referenda” successful the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson person nary legitimacy, the confederation said.

  • The Hungarian premier minister, Viktor Orban, wants European Union sanctions connected Russia lifted by the extremity of the year, a pro-government regular paper said. Orban, a Putin ally, has often railed against the sanctions imposed connected Russia implicit its penetration of Ukraine.

  • Many of the Ukrainians exchanged successful the largest captive swap with Russia since the opening of the penetration amusement signs of convulsive torture, the caput of Ukraine’s subject quality said connected Thursday. On Wednesday, Ukraine announced the speech of a record-high 215 imprisoned soldiers with Russia, including fighters who led the defence of Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks that became an icon of Ukrainian resistance.

  • Britain’s overseas secretary, James Cleverly, said helium was “not surprised” that Russia’s overseas minister, Sergei Lavrov, walked retired of a UN information assembly meeting. “I don’t deliberation Mr Lavrov wants to perceive the corporate condemnation of this council,” Cleverly said astatine the UN.

  • The UN caput general, António Guterres, has powerfully rebuked Russia for “totally unacceptable” atomic threats. Speaking astatine the commencement of a UN information assembly gathering the time aft Putin raised the stakes successful his penetration of Ukraine, Guterres said Moscow’s plans to annex parts of Ukraine were a “violation of the UN charter and of planetary law”.

  • Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesperson, besides denied reports that an undisclosed clause successful Putin’s mobilisation decree provided for 1 cardinal reservists to beryllium enlisted to combat successful Ukraine. “This is simply a lie,” Peskov said successful effect to a study by Novaya Gazeta.

  • Five Britons released from Russia are gathering their families after respective months of captivity successful which it was feared they would beryllium executed for warring for Ukraine. A large diplomatic effort was down the merchandise of the 5 Britons who, unneurotic with 2 Americans, a Moroccan, a Croat and a Swedish national, were released by Russia to Saudi Arabia connected Wednesday.

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