MAP. War in Ukraine: kyiv continues its counter

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky granted this Friday, September 23, 2022 an exclusive interview to West France , in partnership with other media. From kyiv, he notably returned to the situation in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats and the partial mobilization in Russia.

On the ground of the conflict, in Ukraine, “referendums” of annexation by Russia began this Friday in four regions wholly or partly controlled by Moscow. The Ukrainian army also announced that it had taken over a locality in the Donetsk region, in the east of the country, from the Russians. Finally, on the Odessa side, a civilian was killed in a drone attack attributed to the Russians. Back to this 212e conflict day.

Volodymyr Zelensky gave an exclusive interview to Ouest-France

The Sipa Ouest-France group took part this Friday, September 23, 2022 in an exclusive interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from kyiv. Ukrainian counter-offensive, Russian annexation “referendums”, threats from Vladimir Putin, EU membership… After eight months of war, President Zelensky answered our journalist’s questions live on the show Facing Zelensky on TV5 World.

The President of Ukraine spoke about the “risk of a nuclear disaster in Zaporizhia” and returned to the threats of the Russian president on television: “I don’t believe the world is going to allow Vladimir Putin to use nuclear weapons, he argued. Asked about the dead since the beginning of the war, he spoke of “50 military casualties a day” but “five times fewer Ukrainian soldiers killed than Russians”. Volodymyr Zelensky also returned to the demonstrations in Russia, citizens “who are afraid today of being requisitioned for the mobilization […] Manifest [et être emprisonné] is always safer than war”he encouraged. Vladimir Putin will not be able to stop everyone. »

The Ukrainian President also addressed the “referendums” of Russian annexations, his country’s accession to the European Union and the energy crisis. He finally regretted the absence of aid from Israel and criticized the role played by China. Actor Alain Delon also participated in the show and spoke with Volodymyr Zelensky. Particularly concerned by the war in Ukraine, he has already expressed his solidarity with the Ukrainian people several times.

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Launch of annexation “referendums” by Russia in pro-Russian areas

Of the “referendums” Annexation plans by Russia began on Friday in four regions of Ukraine partly controlled by Moscow, Russian news agencies reported. These votes must be held until September 27 in the regions under Russian control of Donetsk and Lugansk, in the east of the country, and Kherson and Zaporijjia, in the South, in full military aggression of Moscow against Ukraine.

Residents of the pro-Russian separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, who have already proclaimed their ” independence “, must decide whether they want to be part of Russia or not. In the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhya, partially occupied by Russian forces, the question asked is the following: “Do you want to secede from Ukraine, create independent states and become part of Russia? »

Ukraine and its allies have warned that they will not recognize the results of these referendums. These polls were described as “simulacra” by kyiv and the West, and “voting parody” by NATO. The idea of ​​these referendums has been mooted for months by Moscow, but Ukraine’s recent military victories have prompted the pro-Russian occupation authorities to organize them earlier than planned.

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kyiv continues its counter-offensive in the East, the day of the annexation votes

The Ukrainian army announced on Friday that it had taken over from the Russians a locality in the Donetsk region, in the east of the country, at the same time as Moscow is organizing annexation referendums in several regions of Ukraine under its control. “Ukrainian army took over Yatskivka”announced on television Oleksi Hromov, an official of the Ukrainian military staff, reports The world. The capture of this locality seems to confirm the continuation of the Ukrainian counter-offensive which has already enabled kyiv to retake several thousand square kilometers in the neighboring region of Kharkiv.

The situation in Ukraine during the conflict, Friday, September 23, 2022. | INFOGRAPHIC / WEST-FRANCE

436 bodies exhumed in Izium and a civilian killed in Odessa in a drone attack

Ukrainian officials said 436 bodies had been exhumed from a mass burial site in the eastern town of Izium, 30 of which bore visible signs of torture, the agency said. AssociatedPress, relayed by The world. The head of the Kharkiv administrative region, Oleh Synehubov, and the region’s police chief, Volodymyr Tymoshko, told reporters in Izium on Friday that three more graves had been located in areas taken over by Ukrainian forces during the a counter-offensive this month.

Otherwise, “Odessa was attacked by suicide drones from the sea. Two drones destroyed the administration building in the port”announced this Friday on the encrypted messaging application, Telegram, the southern command of the Ukrainian army, stating that a civilian had been killed and that an Iranian drone Shahed-136 had been shot down over the sea .

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‘War crimes have been committed’ in Ukraine, say UN investigators

Erik Mose, the chairman of the UN commission of inquiry on Ukraine, launched in March by the Human Rights Council, said on Friday: “Based on the evidence collected by the commission, it concluded that war crimes had been committed in Ukraine” since the Russian invasion in February.

During investigations in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy regions, the commission visited 27 cities and towns and interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses, he said. During a first oral account, Erik Mose listed the Russian bombardments of civilian areas, the numerous executions, torture, ill-treatment and sexual violence, reported to UN investigators. “Children have also been killed and injured in indiscriminate explosive weapon attacks”he denounced.

Erik Mose also said: “We were struck by the large number of executions in the regions we visited. The commission is currently investigating these deaths in 16 cities and locations. We have received credible allegations regarding many other cases of executions, which we are in the process of documenting. »

Ukraine slams Iran for arms shipments to Russia

“These are measures by Iran that go against the sovereignty, the territorial integrity of our state, as well as against the life and health of Ukrainian citizens”Sergii Nykyforov, the spokesman for President Volodymyr Zelensky, lamented on Facebook about Iranian arms deliveries to Russia, the day of a Russian strike by an Iranian drone on the city of Odessa, which made a dead.

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Belarus does not plan to mobilize reservists

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday he did not plan to mobilize after his close ally Russia announced that it was enlisting 300,000 reservists for the war in Ukraine, the Belarus news agency reported. ‘State, Belta. “We will only fight when we have to defend our home, our land”underlined Alexander Lukashenko.

MAP. War in Ukraine: kyiv continues its counter-offensive, Odessa attacked… Update on the 212th day