Destruction through preventive humiliation. This is how one could describe the goal that the collective West wants to achieve with Russia. And it is in order to achieve the demise of the Russian country, of the Russian people, of the entire Russian ethnos that we are witnessing a continuous escalation of provocations and attacks that go even beyond the traditional and old Russophobia of certain Western elites. Most recent is the attack on the North Stream 1 and 2 pipelines whose sabotage with explosives made them completely inoperable. The attack that the U.S. and Britain have carried out is not only against Russia but also against Germany, which sees its hegemonic dream in Europe and its independence from the Anglo-Americans fading, aspirations both based on cheap energy derived from Russian gas.
Ukraine's decision to bid for fast-track NATO membership sounds like a direct invitation to the alliance to come into direct conflict with Russia, the leader of the Liberal and Democratic Party, a member of the negotiating group with the Kyiv authorities, Leonid Slutsky said, TASS reports. On September 30, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine would apply for fast-track NATO membership, TASS reports. In his address, Zelensky said that Ukraine "has de facto made its way into NATO and become part of it. Now Kyiv is applying officially to do this de jure, on an expedited basis."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has refused to negotiate with Moscow as long as Vladimir Putin remains President of Russia. "Ukraine has been and remains the leader in negotiating efforts: it was our state that has always offered Russia to agree on coexistence on equal, honest, worthy and fair terms,” he said and noted that Kyiv was ready for a dialogue with Russia, "but with a different president," Zelensky wrote on his Telegram channel. Earlier in September, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that there were no prerequisites for negotiations between Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart. Zelensky, in turn, said that he was not negotiating "with those who issues ultimatums."
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed agreements to make the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions parts of the Russian Federation. Together with him, the heads of the LPR and DPR, Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin, as well as the heads of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, Vladimir Saldo and Evgeny Balitsky, put their signatures on the papers. The ceremony to sign the agreements took place in the Georgievsky Hall of the Kremlin, where in 2014 a similar agreement was signed to make Crimea the Russian territory.
Russian President Vladimir Putin started the much-anticipated ceremony in the Kremlin. Below are theses from his speech: - People have made their choice, this is the will of millions of people, this is their inalienable right, which is enshrined in the UN Charter.
Moscow has stepped up its signals to the West to take a path of negotiations and agreements. On September 30, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said that there is a chance to "end the war in a few days," if the Europeans want it. It appears that Moscow is ready to establish the status quo, whereas the West is not. Kyiv stands strongly against it and insists on tougher measures. The trap near Liman is a trump card for Western countries.
Russia may find itself in a situation when Kyiv and its Western patrons will force Russia to strike a nuclear blow on Ukraine. At the same time, Ukrainian and European propaganda keeps saying that Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons against its neighbour. In order to raise their ratings, US and EU policy-makers resort to such rhetoric and promise "catastrophic consequences" to Russia. If the situation does come to this point, then one should bear in mind the fact that tactical nuclear weapons are not even close to the much-talked about megaton weapons that would be able to wipe off whole cities, if not continents.
Russia will occupy all of the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) within the boundaries in which the country recognized it. The borders of other regions which are going to become part of the Russian Federation remain unclear. The entire territory of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) within the 2014 borders of the Donetsk region is to be liberated, Kremlin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, TASS said. The Kremlin spokesman confirmed that starting from today, September 30, the entire territory of the DPR, including the areas that still remain beyond Russia's control, would be considered part of Russia.
The accession of new territories to Russia is justifiable from the economic point of view and will not have a negative impact on the Russian budget, the Kremlin said. As Russia readies to grow even larger, experts try to calculate how much it will cost the Russian budget to rebuild cities and restore peaceful life in the new territories. Some others try to find out how much profit the new territories will bring. The Washington Post announced the approximate cost of mineral deposits in the new regions — about 12.4 trillion dollars.
The mobilised citizens, after coordination works, will proceed to fulfilling the mission to control and defend the new Russian territories, the Russian Defense Ministry said, TASS reports. The citizens who have been called up for duty as part of partial mobilisation currently undergo combat coordination works near the areas of combat missions. After that, the units will proceed to carry out their tasks "to control and defend the liberated territories, as well as acting as part of reserve and reinforcement units," the ministry clarified. The Ministry of Defence said that after the completion of individual training, the mobilised citizens continued their training as part of platoons and companies. During joint combat training activities, they practice skills to work as part of units, study military equipment and weapons. In addition, they undergo firearms training with the use of standard weapons, as well as armored vehicles, artillery and air defence equipment.
The United States has been losing its global hegemony. The non-western world is opposed to the concept of global hegemony. Everything will happen within the next decade, Western analysts predict. Nevertheless, the Americans still have a chance to achieve the world order that suits them, if they make certain concessions, Jorgen Erstroem Moeller, former State Secretary of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in an article for The National Interest. Moeller drew attention to Vladimir Putin's announcement of partial call-up of reservists, the referenda and saw a threat of the use of nuclear force. The situation is indeed very alarming, but the United States could now take the world out of chaos that was created by Russia and the United States. At the same time, chances for Washington to demonstrate common sense are slim as the US has contributed greatly to the current crisis as well.
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau admitted that the North Atlantic Alliance could participate in the conflict in Ukraine if Russia used nuclear weapons. If the Russian Federation strikes a nuclear blow on the territory of Ukraine, it will violate the consensus of the members of the Security Council, the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry said. NATO will thus be forced to intervene in the Ukrainian conflict, he stressed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver a "lengthy speech" at a special ceremony in the Kremlin on Friday, September 30, Kremlin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, TASS reports. According to the Kremlin spokesman, this is not going to be Putin's annual Address to the Federal Assembly. It was reported that the event will start at 15:00 MSK. In addition, the president will meet with the heads of Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR), the heads of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions in the Kremlin as part of the ceremony, at which these territories will be officially incorporated into Russia, Peskov added.
On Tuesday morning, September 27, Gazprom's subsidiary Nord Stream AG announced unprecedented damage that was caused to the company's two gas pipelines that run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to Germany — Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2. "The destruction that occurred on one and the same day simultaneously on three strings of the offshore gas pipelines of the Nord Stream system is unprecedented,” the report says. "The time that would be required for the restoration of the gas transmission infrastructure is still impossible to estimate.” Seismologists in Denmark and Sweden recorded powerful explosions in the areas where there were leaks from the Nord Stream gas pipeline.
The Federation Council may gather for the meeting on October 4 to consider new laws on the accession of new territories to Russia after the referenda in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, Valentina Matviyenko, the chair of the upper house of the Russian Parliament said. "I believe that tomorrow, the day after tomorrow — in the coming days — the results of the referenda will be summed up. We are ready, and I do not see the need for unscheduled meetings. The scheduled meeting is on October 4,” she said as quoted by Interfax. Russia will respect the will of the residents of the regions, and if they express a desire to join the country, Russia will support them, she added.
The admission of new regions to Russia as a result of the referenda will require amendments to the Russian Constitution, a member of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation Alexander Bashkin said. According to him, changes will be made to Article 65 of the Russian Constitution on the basis of the federal law on the adoption of a new entity. Earlier, Andrey Klishas, the head of the Constitutional Committee of the Federation Council, said that the upper house could consider laws on the entry of new subjects into Russia on October 4.
Maria Zakharova, an official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, reacted to the statement from Poland's former Foreign Affairs Minister Radoslaw Sikorsky about the Nord Stream gas pipeline accident. "Sikorsky on Twitter* thanked the United States for today's accident on Russian gas pipelines. Is this an official statement about a terrorist attack?" Zakharova wondered. Earlier, Sikorsky tweeted "Thank you, USA” and posted a quote from American President Joe Biden, who threatened to destroy the gas pipeline and claimed that the United States had such an opportunity.
The US Embassy in Moscow urged US citizens residing in Russia to leave the country immediately. "On September 21, the Russian government began a mobilization of its citizens to the armed forces in support of its invasion of Ukraine. Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals' U. S. citizenship, deny their access to U. S. consular assistance, prevent their departure from Russia, and conscript dual nationals for military service. U. S. citizens should not travel to Russia and those residing or travelling in Russia should depart Russia immediately while limited commercial travel options remain," a message posted on the website of the US Embassy said. It thus becomes clear from the message that the embassy warns US citizens holding dual citizenship of a possibility for their call-up for military service.
The USA appears to be the main beneficiary of the accidents that took place on three strings of Nord Stream gas pipelines. Washington does not want Berlin to backpedal. Nord Stream: Such coincidences impossible A sharp drop in pressure was recorded on Monday, September 26, in two gas pipelines at once — Nord Stream 1 (on two strings) and Nord Stream 2. There are two leaks on Nord Stream 1: one in the Swedish economic zone and the other one in the Danish economic zone.
Two underground explosions were reported in the area of gas leaks at Nord Stream pipeline, Swedish publication svt.se said. There is no doubt that there were explosions, seismologist Bjorn Lund said. Thirty measuring stations in southern Sweden recorded the data, the publication said. One explosion occurred at night, and the other one — on Monday evening. The German media wrote that the explosions could take place as a result of acts of targeted sabotage. Moscow did not rule out such an opportunity either.
The referenda in the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), Kherson and Zaporozhye (also spelled Zaporizhzhia) regions have ended, TASS reports. The Central Electoral Commission of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) entrusted local commissions to decide when the voting can be completed depending on the security situation. Below are the first results of the referenda:
The head of Crimea said that the new status of the liberated territories (after the referenda) will transform the special military operation in Ukraine into a counter-terrorist operation that would be carried out on those territories. "The change of the status - from the special military operation to the counter-terrorist operation - is predetermined by the sabotage strategy that the British are imposing on Kyiv. This will give the upper hand to the groups of the reincarnated SMERSH, not only in terms of their activity, but also in terms of military infrastructure. Tactical nuclear weapons can be used as part of the counter-terrorist operation, rather than a declaration of war," political scientist Marat Bashirov said. Legal clarity in domestic legislation is of paramount importance for the Russian administration, Bashirov added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that Moscow was ready to negotiate with Kyiv provided one fundamental principle was observed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Peskov's comments came in response to reports about Moscow's new conditions for negotiations with the Ukrainian side, Interfax reports. It goes about the principle when all the goals of the special military operation are achieved.
A US Coast Guard patrol boat spotted Russian and Chinese ships in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, the Associated Press reports. The Kimball boat first spotted a Chinese missile cruiser. It was said that on September 19, the Chinese cruiser traveled 138 kilometers from the island of Kiska, one of the islands of the Aleutian archipelago. Later, two more Chinese and four Russian warships were spotted off the coast of Alaska. According to the US Coast Guard, there was one destroyer among the Russian ships.
According to Chinese publication The Global Times, the world will experience an "economic earthquake” due to the decision of the US Federal Reserve System to raise the key rate. The Fed's decision was made in an attempt to reduce the effects of inflation in the United States. At the same time, however, the decision may have a negative impact on the global economy. The author of the article, Sheng Wen, said that the American authorities made a reckless decision. According to him, the Federal Reserve does not think about economic situations and exchange rates in other countries, even if they are US allies.
The simultaneous destruction of three gas pipeline strings in the Baltic Sea is unprecedented, operator Nord Stream AG announced, Interfax reports. According to company representatives, all incidents occurred in one day. "It is not yet possible to estimate the timing that would be required for the restoration of the gas transmission infrastructure," the company stressed.
Program Director at the Russian International Affairs Council Ivan Timofeev expressed his opinion regarding the recent statement from Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who said that Turkey would not recognise the referenda in Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. "I think that Turkey's response comes as no surprise. It will not affect the relations between Ankara and Moscow too much. The ties between the two countries are not going to change," the analyst said. According to him, the relations between Russia and Turkey will not deteriorate at the moment. However, changes may occur in the future, he added.
Former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden has been granted Russian citizenship. "Snowden Edward Joseph, born June 21, 1983 in the United States of America,” the list of those who received Russian citizenship says. Edward Snowden has been staying in Moscow since 2013. The US authorities accuse him of embezzling state property and disclosing state secrets.
In Vladivostok, Federal Security Bureau (FSB) officers caught Consul of Japan Motoki Tatsunori red-handed for espionage, RIA Novosti reports. Intelligence officers detained the consul while he was buying limited distribution information about Russia's cooperation with a country of the Asia-Pacific region and the impact of the Western sanctions policy on the economic situation in Russia's Far Eastern region (Primorsky Krai). It was noted that Tatsunori was declared persona non grata.
The special military operation in Ukraine will be called counter-terrorist operation after the completion of the referenda and the entry of Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions into Russia, the head of the Crimea Sergei Aksenov assumed in his Telegram channel. According to the head of the republic, a certain point of no return will soon be passed. "We have fought for our people before. Now we will fight for our land," Aksyonov said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the 77th meeting of the UN General Assembly, explained Russia's position on key international issues and spoke separately on the conflict in Ukraine and Russia's relations with the West. After the speech, Lavrov gave a big press conference. The West arrogantly rejected Russia's Security proposals.
Putin's Annual Address to the Federal Assembly is scheduled for September 30. Kremlin sources say it will become even more historic and globally important than the 2014 address for the return of Crimea. Mass media and experts make their own suggestions about the content of Putin's speech that he is going to deliver to the Federal Assembly on September 30. There are a number of versions:
Thirteen people — seven children and six adults — were killed as a result of the mass shooting at School No. 88 in Izhevsk, the Investigative Committee of Russia said. Two security guards and two teachers are listed among the victims. In addition, 7 adults and 14 schoolchildren were hurt in the incident. The shooter committed suicide. He was identified as Artyom Kazantsev — a graduate of this school. He was born in 1988. His body was found in one of the classrooms. He was wearing a black T-shirt with swastika on it.
The West gives an adequate assessment to the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons by Russia. Western experts believe that Putin may roll the dice and it is impossible to stop him by persuasion. It appears that the West is accepting the option of using nuclear weapons in the Ukrainian conflict. If Russia does it first, the West will respond. According to Bloomberg analysts the United States has several options. One of them is to respond similarly and drop a tactical nuclear bomb somewhere, for example, in the Arctic Ocean or in remote Siberian regions. Indeed, the USA may respond to any escalation as Washington will simply lift the commitment not to use nuclear weapons.
The Kremlin has taken two strong steps in a war of nerves that has caused quite a stir in the NATO-Ukraine alliance. These decisions are: to hold referenda on the liberated territories of Ukraine to make them part of Russia to conduct partial call-up. Ukraine's economy is collapsing The Kyiv regime does not resort to any measures, not even to fake news to return the hryvnia to the level of up to 40-41 per dollar. The Ukrainians withdraw their funds from bank deposits and rush to stock up food supplies before it is too late. "The NBU (National Bank of Ukraine) is on the brink of panic. They called the president's office and warned that they wouldn't be able to keep the exchange rate afloat for a long time as this costs them too much," Resident Telegram channel said.
Reports in the media and social networks about the plans of the Russian authorities to mobilize more than 300,000 people are not true to fact, Kremlin official representative Dmitry Peskov said, RIA Novosti reports. "These are all fakes,” he said. Earlier, Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that reports of the plans to call up 1.2 million people as part of the partial mobilization were lies. According to him, such reports, as well as the rumors that were spread the day before about the call-up of a million citizens, are false.
Possible attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) on the territories of Donbass, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, if the residents of those territories vote to become part of Russia at referendums, will be regarded as an attack on Russia, Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, TASS reports. "Absolutely,” the Kremlin spokesman replied to the corresponding question from journalists. As soon as the above-mentioned territories become part of Russia, the Constitution of the Russian Federation will apply to them immediately, Peskov added.
Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who was released from Ukrainian captivity, has left Turkey for Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, RIA Novosti reports. According to him, during the exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kyiv, Ankara had 200 names. "These are all our guests. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin focused on one of them [Medvedchuk]. We have sent him to Russia. We are resolutely continuing the process,” Erdogan added.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has provided clarifications on the categories of citizens who do not fall under partial mobilization. Employees of organizations that provide high-tech industries and the financial system will not be subject to partial mobilization, the ministry said. It goes about employees with higher education in the relevant specialties and areas of education. In order to exempt citizens from conscription, a reason is needed, and the heads of the relevant organizations will have to submit lists to the General Staff of the Armed Forces accordingly.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke at the meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Ukraine. First and foremost, Lavrov noted that one is trying to make Russia the aggressor while turning a blind eye on how Kyiv was killing people in Donbas. The Ukrainian authorities "owe" their impunity to Germany, France and the United States, Lavrov said. In particular, Kyiv openly sabotaged the implementation of the Minsk agreements while hypocritically declaring its commitment to them. Lavrov also pointed to the use of internationally prohibited Lepestok anti-personnel mines by Ukraine in the Donbas. According to him, the Western policy in relation to Volodymyr Zelensky is based on the principle he is a son of a bitch, but he is our son of a bitch.
Five British prisoners of war released by Russia have arrived in the UK, Reuters reports. Earlier, the Saudi State Information Agency tweeted a video showing a group of foreign mercenaries, who were captured in Ukraine and sentenced to death by a court in the DPR, getting off the plane at Riyadh airport. The video in particularly shows British citizens Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aislin and Moroccan citizen Saadoun Brahim. According to Al-Arabiya, the Russian side handed over ten mercenaries in captivity — five Britons, one Moroccan, one Swede, one Croat and two Americans.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of Chechnya, said that there would be good news from the zone of the special military operation in Ukraine in the coming days. Kadyrov set out a hope that the military operation would be completed already in the near future. "We are ready to carry out any order. In the coming days you will hear good news, and in the near future we will finish the special operation," Kadyrov wrote on his Telegram channel on Wednesday, noting that the operation was being conducted as a forced measure to confront the enemy." "As our President Vladimir Putin says: "If a fight is inevitable, be the first one to hit. Therefore, I fully support the president's decision to partially mobilize reservists. We in the Chechen Republic have actively participated in this process from the first day, but now we have the order from the head of state, and we will fulfill it 100%," Kadyrov wrote on his Telegram channel.
Kyiv handed over Ukrainian oppositionist Viktor Medvedchuk to Russia as part of a prisoner exchange operation, the Kommersant newspaper reports. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky later confirmed the information. In Ukraine, Medvedchuk was accused of treason, violating war laws and customs, aiding terrorism, and misappropriating mineral deposits in Crimea. Medvedchuk was placed under house arrest in May 2021. In March 2022, he was arrested in absentia for escaping from house arrest after the start of the special military operation, as the Kyiv authorities said. In April, Medvedchuk was detained and re-arrested without bail.