Zelensky calls on Russians to ‘protest’ against Putin

Yan Dobronosov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukraine accuse Russia of carrying out strikes against the Pivdennonooukrainsk nuclear power plant, raising fears of an incident (illustration photo taken on August 18).

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The Ukrainian president urged this Friday, September 23, the Russians to stand up against the partial mobilization announced by Vladimir Putin.

UKRAINE – “55,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in this war in six months (…) Do you want more? Nope ? So protest! Fight! Run away ! », launched Volodymyr Zelensky, in Russian, this Thursday, September 22, in his daily video message. The Ukrainian president, speaking just before the opening of the illegally organized referendums, urged the Russians to oppose the mobilization announced by the Kremlin or to “ surrender ” to the Kyiv forces.

In a speech delivered this Wednesday, September 21 on Russian television, the master of the Kremlin notably announced the immediate mobilization of 300,000 reservists and castigated the will to “ destruction ” of Russia from the West.

According to Volodymyr Zelensky, the Russian authorities are preparing to mobilize “up to a million men”. “You are already complicit in all the crimes (of the Russian army), murders and tortures of which the Ukrainians are victims. Because you are silent. Because you are always silent”he further accused.

Moscow must be held to account

In Russia, the announcement of the mobilization caused an influx of Russians wishing to leave the country, without any figures being available. A person, who went to Mongolia, told AFP on condition of anonymity that he had to wait “for twelve hours” to cross the border by car.

Under the fire of international criticism, Russia also found itself in the dock in the Security Council, called to account for its invasion of Ukraine, its announcement of partial mobilization and its threats to use arms. nuclear.

On the diplomatic front, it was US Secretary of State Antony Blinken who led the charge at the Security Council, refusing to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. “We can’t let President Putin get away with this”he said, during this meeting convened by the French presidency. “That President Putin has chosen this week, when most of the world’s leaders are meeting at the UN, to add fuel to the fire he has lit demonstrates his utter disregard for the UN Charter. »he said.

Annexation referendums have begun

These statements have in no way destabilized the Russian president. Russian annexation “referendums” began on Friday (September 23rd) in areas of Ukraine wholly or partly controlled by Moscow, Russian news agencies reported. These votes are called “simulacra” by kyiv and the West.

These votes, which began at 05:00 GMT (7 hours in France), are to be held until Tuesday, September 27 in the pro-Russian separatist regions of Donetsk and Lugansk (east), and in areas under Russian occupation in the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhya (south), in the midst of Moscow’s military offensive against the Ukraine. Putin’s objective is clear: to conquer these territories while invoking the “ right to self-determination” of their inhabitants.

The former Russian president and number two of the country’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, also said on Telegram that the separatist regions of Donbass, as well as Kherson and Zaporijzhya, “will integrate Russia”.

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