Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

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Russia wanting to hire fighters from surrounding nations, UK states

Russia has actually been wanting to hire the people of neighbouring nations to combat in Ukraine, the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence stated Sunday.

“Russia likely wishes to avoid further unpopular domestic mobilisation measures in the run up to the 2024 Presidential elections. Exploiting foreign nationals allows the Kremlin to acquire additional personnel for its war effort in the face of mounting casualties,” the ministry stated on the X social networks platform, previously called Twitter.

A guy strolls past a recruitment poster for the army, reading: “Our profession is to defend the Fatheland,” June 20, 2023 in Moscow, Russia.

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Online adverts have actually been observed in Armenia and Kazakhstan offering 495,000 roubles ($ 5,140) in preliminary payments and incomes from 190,000 roubles (or $1,973), the ministry included.

There have actually been recruitment efforts in Kazakhstan’s northern Qostanai area, attracting the ethnic Russian population. Since a minimum of May 2023, Russia “has approached central Asian migrants to fight in Ukraine with promises of fast-track citizenship and salaries of up to $4,160.”

“Uzbek migrant builders in Mariupol have reportedly had their passports confiscated upon arrival and been coerced to join the Russian military. There are at least six million migrants from Central Asia in Russia, which the Kremlin likely sees as potential recruits,” the ministry stated.

CNBC has actually asked for a remark from the Russian defense ministry on the U.K.’s defense intelligence analysis and is waiting for a reaction.

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine’s forces break through the line of Russian defenses, authorities state

Ukraine seems gaining ground in its counteroffensive in southern Ukraine with reports emerging that the nation’s forces have actually broken through a very first line of Russian defenses in the Zaporizhzhia area.

A leader of southern forces in Ukraine, Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskiy, informed the British Observer paper in an interview released on Saturday that his forces were “now between the first and second defensive lines” of heavy and layered Russian strongholds in the south.

“In the centre of the offensive, we are now completing the destruction of enemy units that provide cover for the retreat of Russian troops behind their second defensive line,” he informed the paper.

A Ukrainian serviceman strolls near a ruined Ukrainian tank, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, near the town of Robotyne, Zaporizhzhia area, Ukraine onAug 25, 2023.

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The general stated he anticipated much faster Ukrainian gains, as his forces deal with a weaker 2nd line of defense, and included that Russia is currently releasing its reserves to the location.

“The enemy is pulling up reserves, not only from Ukraine but also from Russia. But sooner or later, the Russians will run out of all the best soldiers. This will give us an impetus to attack more and faster,” Tarnavskiy apparently stated.

Head of the Ukrainian President’s Office Andriy Yermak stated on the X social networks platform, previously called Twitter, that he had on Saturday notified U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan “about the situation on the battlefield, the successful advance of defense forces in certain areas of the front.”

Kyiv’s primary goal is for its soldiers to break Russia’s so-called “land bridge” throughout inhabited southern Ukraine to Crimea, and Ukrainian forces are intending to advance southwards towards the port cities of Melitopol and Berdiansk Tarnavskiy would not discuss any anticipated timeline to reach the coast.

CNBC has actually asked Ukraine’s defense ministry for more remark.

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine dismisses Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov

Ukraine’s previous Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov.

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Ukraine’s defense minister was dismissed over the weekend, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy revealed on Sunday, stating that the defense ministry requirements “needs new approaches.”

“I have decided to replace the Minister of Defense of Ukraine. Oleksiy Reznikov has gone through more than 550 days of full-scale war. I believe that the Ministry needs new approaches and other formats of interaction with both the military and society at large,” Zelenskyy stated in his nighttime address of Sunday.

Rustem Umerov, who formerly led Ukraine’s State Property Fund, was called as the brand-new defense minister.

Ukraine’s brand-new Defense Minister Rustem Umerov.

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Zelenskyy stated that he anticipated the Ukrainian parliament to authorize the relocation, including that “autumn is a time for strengthening.”

Reznikov’s departure is not completely unanticipated and follows reports that the defense ministry’s management might be revamped from months earlier. Reznikov’s deputy resigned after a scandal over the procurement of food for the military, although there is no tip that Reznikov was associated with the debate.

Ukrainian media has actually reported that Reznikov might now end up being Ukraine’s brand-new ambassador to the U.K., however this has actually not been verified.

— Holly Ellyatt