Russia-Ukraine War Live News: Pressure Grows to Declare Russia a Terrorist State; Norway strengthens security at gas sites | Ukraine

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Fourth leak found on Nord Stream pipelines, Swedish Coastguard says

The Swedish coastguard discovered a fourth gas leak on damaged Nord Stream pipelines earlier this week, a coastguard spokesman told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

“Two of these four are in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone,” coastguard spokeswoman Jenny Larsson told the newspaper.

The other two holes are in Denmark’s Exclusive Economic Zone, according to a translation of the report published by Reuters.

The European Union suspects sabotage is behind gas leaks on Russian undersea pipelines to Europe and has promised a “robust” response to any intentional disruption of its energy infrastructure.

The United States announced on Wednesday that it was doubling the number of deadly Himars rocket systems sent to Ukraine under a new military aid package worth $1.1 billion, the report reports. AFP.

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The additional 18 multiple rocket systems, which have pinpoint accuracy and have been used by Ukraine to wreak havoc on high-value Russian targets such as command posts and ammunition dumps, will be sent to medium to long term, the Pentagon said.

Instead of weapons drawn from existing stockpiles, this package will consist of newly procured weapons, and the Himars alone could “take a few years,” according to a senior Pentagon official.

So far, 16 Himars have been deployed by the Ukrainians, and the rocket systems have been credited with playing a key role in recent counter-offensives against Russian invaders.

The latest batch of orders for US military suppliers also includes 150 armored vehicles, 150 tactical vehicles to tow weapons, trucks and trailers, and systems to help Ukraine defend against more Iranian-made Russian drones. more deployed on the battlefield, according to a press release from the Ministry of Defense. .

The new package brought total US military aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in late February to $16.2 billion.

In Moscow’s Red Square, giant video screens were installed, with billboards proclaiming “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson – Russia!”

Moscow is about to formally annex part of Ukraine following so-called referendums denounced by the West.

Residents who escaped to Ukrainian-held areas in recent days said people were forced to mark ballots in the streets by roving officials at gunpoint.

The head of Russia’s upper house of parliament has said he could consider incorporating the four regions on Oct. 4, three days before Russian President Putin’s 70th birthday, Reuters reports.

A view shows banners and constructions ahead of an expected event, devoted to the results of the referendums on the accession of four self-declared Ukrainian regions to Russia, near the Kremlin wall and the State Historical Museum in Red Square, in the center of Moscow, Russia, September 28, 2022. The banners read: “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson. Together forever!” Photograph: Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters

Russian milbloggers (military bloggers) discussed Ukrainian gains around Lyman with heightened concern on Wednesday, suggesting that Russian forces there could face imminent defeat, according to the US-based agency. Institute for the Study of War.

In his last briefingit says:

Several Russian bloggers and prominent military correspondents claimed that Ukrainian troops had advanced west, north and northeast of Lyman and were working to complete the envelopment of Russian troops at Lyman and along the north bank of the Siverskyi Donets River in this area.
Russian microbloggers said Ukrainian troops were threatening Russian positions and lines of communication supporting the Lyman Group. The collapse of the Lyman Pocket is likely to have significant consequences for the Russian grouping in the northern Donetsk and western Luhansk oblasts and could allow Ukrainian troops to threaten Russian positions along the western border of the oblast and in the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk region.

He adds that the Russian Defense Ministry “has not addressed the current Russian casualties around Lyman or prepared for the collapse of this sector of the frontline, which will likely further reduce already low Russian morale.”

Russian military authorities had previously failed to establish sufficient information conditions for Russian casualties after the first stages of Ukrainian counter-offensives in Kharkiv Oblast, devastating morale and causing panic among Russian forces in the other side of the eastern axis. The subsequent anger of the Russian nationalist information space likely played a role in leading the Kremlin to order a partial mobilization in the days following Ukraine’s initial counteroffensive in a haphazard attempt to reinforce the lines. Russians.

Future Ukrainian gains around the critical areas of Donetsk and Lugansk Oblast could create further gaps between Russian nationalists and military leaders, and between Russian forces and their superiors.

Summary

It is now 7:45 a.m. in Ukraine. Here is a summary of the latest developments:

  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has proposed a new round of sanctions against Russia designed to ‘make the Kremlin pay’ for aggravating the conflict in Ukraine. The proposed eighth package of “biting” sanctions includes a cap on the price of Russian oil and new restrictions on high-tech trade.

  • Politicians across Europe have warned that the alleged sabotage of the two Nord Stream pipelines could herald a new stage in hybrid warfare targeting vulnerable energy infrastructure to undermine support for Ukraine. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has said his country will strengthen its military presence at Norwegian facilities after the country becomes Europe’s largest natural gas supplier.

  • A report by an international sanctions task force concludes that Russia should now be declared a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ and had met the legal definition of a terrorist state under US and Canadian law. The head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Andriy Yermak, called for sweeping US and European sanctions in light of the report, after Ukraine accused Russia of sabotaging Nord Stream pipelines.

  • Moscow is set to formally annex Russian-occupied regions after so-called referendums which have been denounced by the West. Russian-installed leaders in the Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine have formally requested President Vladimir Putin to annex the occupied territories to Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry said steps would soon be taken to meet the “aspirations” of four occupied Ukrainian regions to become part of Russia. Once annexed, Russian leaders said they would view attacks on Russian-controlled areas as a direct attack on Russia.

  • President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukraine ‘will act to protect our people’ in Russian-occupied regions after what he described as “imitation referendums”. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said Kyiv and its allies “condemn such actions by Russia and consider them null and void”.

  • British Prime Minister Liz Truss told Zelenskiy in a phone call that the UK would never recognize Russian attempts to annex parts of Ukraine., said Downing Street. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell also denounced the “illegal referendums and their falsified results” in Ukraine.

  • Gas prices have risen on fears that Russia could cut off supplies to Europe via Ukraine, adding to the unrest caused by damage to Nord Stream pipelines. The statement came after leaks were discovered at the two Nord Stream gas pipelines near the Danish island of Bornholm in an alleged act of sabotage.

  • The Kremlin rejected claims that Russia was behind the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelinesdescribing them as “fairly predictable and also predictably stupid”.

  • Authorities in the Russian region of North Ossetia, which borders Georgia, have reportedly implemented travel restrictions to prevent people from fleeing in Georgia to avoid conscription. The Moscow Times report quotes the head of the region, Sergey Menyaylo, as saying that more than 20,000 people entered Georgia through the border section in the past two days alone.

  • The US Embassy in Moscow issued a security alert and urged US citizens to leave Russia immediately. In a statement on its website, it warned that Russian and American nationals could be called up as part of the Russian government’s mobilization. US citizens should not travel to Russia and those residing in or traveling to the country should leave Russia immediately as commercial travel options remain limited, he said.

  • The Romanian, Bulgarian and Polish governments urge all citizens who remain in the Russian Federation to leave as a matter of urgency. This may be in anticipation of border crossings becoming much more difficult as roads get closer and more people flee forced mobilization in Russia.

  • Russian authorities say they are setting up checkpoints at some of the country’s borders to forcibly mobilize Russian men seeking to avoid mobilization by fleeing the country. Footage on social media shows military vehicles heading towards the border, apparently to establish the mobilization checkpoint.

  • Russia mounts more substantial defense than before as Ukraine tries to advance ‘in at least two axes to the east’, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. Heavy fighting continued in the Kherson region, where the Russian force on the right bank of the Dnipro remained vulnerable, he said in his latest intelligence update.

  • Ukrainian authorities claim to have identified five Russian soldiers who allegedly fired on civilian cars in the Kyiv region during the early days of the war. Russian soldiers are accused of killing five people and injuring six others, who were trying to flee Hostomel on February 25, a day after the Russian invasion.

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