Russia Demands That Occupied Regions of Ukraine Must Enlist

Oleksandr Starukh, the governor of Zaporizhzhia, claimed Russian forces attacked the city on the Dnieper River’s infrastructures. Starukh also revealed one of the missiles struck an apartment complex, murdering one person and injuring seven others.

Other regions of Ukraine were also attacked by Russian forces, who caused damage to infrastructure and residential homes.

Ukraine Infrastructure Damaged

The Pechenihy dam on the Siverskyy Donets River in northeastern Ukraine is being targeted by Russia, according to the British Defence Ministry.

In the midst of the conflict, ballots were still being cast in referendums orchestrated by the Kremlin in the occupied territories, votes that Ukraine and its western allies rejected as fraud with no legal authority.

Poll workers took ballot papers to residences and set up portable polling stations for the five-day voting period that started on Friday, claiming safety issues. Tuesday, when voting takes place at polling places, is when the results will be announced.

Voting also took place in Russia, where locals from those territories as well as refugees participated.

Vladimir Putin, the leader of Russia, stated Moscow will respect the wishes of the people, which is a blatant sign that the Kremlin would rapidly annex the areas after the vote.

The referendum was criticized by Ukraine and the West as an illegal effort by Moscow to cleave off a sizable portion of the nation.

In 2014, Crimea had a comparable referendum before Moscow seized it, a move that was viewed as unlawful by the majority of the international community.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, asked Ukrainians in held territories to sabotage the referendums and to distribute information about those behind “this charade.”

Additionally, he asked Ukrainians to stay away from the Russian recruitment that was announced on Wednesday.

Men were gathered up for service throughout Russa’s 11 time zones as they held their sobbing family members out of concern that a larger call-up may come next.

The Kremlin refuted rumors in the press that the Russian government truly intends to organize upwards of a million people.

Protest Action in Moscow

The mobilization-related demonstrations that broke out in Moscow, St. Petersburg, as well as other Russian cities on Wednesday, were swiftly put down by the police.

Police detained over 1,300 people and soon issued summonses for many of them. More demonstrations against the war are scheduled for Saturday.

Many Russian males made frantic attempts to exit the country by purchasing expensive and in-demand airline tickets. Thousands more Russian citizens even left by automobile, resulting in traffic jams at certain borders that lasted for hours or even days.

The officials declared that many people employed in high tech, communications, or economics will be excused in an effort to allay public concerns regarding the call-up.

This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.