- 29 Sep 2022 - 20:31(20:31 GMT)
Gas pipelines damaged: Graphic
- 29 Sep 2022 - 19:35(19:35 GMT)
Biden says US will ‘never, never, never’ recognise Russia claims in Ukraine
US President Joe Biden has pledged to “never, never, never” recognise the results of Russian-led referendums in Ukraine, which he said were cooked up by Moscow.
“I want to be very clear about this. The United States will never, never never recognise Russia’s claims on Ukraine sovereign territory. The so-called referenda was a sham, an absolute sham,” Biden said as he met Pacific Island leaders in Washington.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 19:28(19:28 GMT)
‘I don’t want to kill nice people’: Thousands Russians flee Ukraine
Thousand of Russians have fled the country since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial military mobilisation last week to boost Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. About 53,000 have crossed into Georgia but Russia has reportedly set up mobilisation offices at the border to intercept them.
Alexander, a traveller from Russia has been waiting for 24 hours to exit his country as he has no intention of joining the war efforts, said, “I don’t want to kill nice people.”
Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from the border, said about 5,000 cars a day used to pass through the same crossing before the mobilisation, but that has climbed to 11,000, according to Georgian officials.
Questions loom over what awaits these people, Khan said, as they have no idea for how long they can stay outside the country and what would happen if they decided to return to Russia.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 19:07(19:07 GMT)
Putin calls gas leaks acts of ‘international terrorism’: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the “unprecedented sabotage” against the Nord Stream gas pipelines was “an act of international terrorism,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
Putin made the remarks in phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He also said it was necessary to fulfil an internationally brokered deal on Ukrainian grain exports, including the removal of barriers for Russian food and fertiliser supplies to the global markets.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 19:05(19:05 GMT)
Erdogan urges Putin to reduce tensions, extend Ukraine grains deal
In a call with Russian President Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pressed his Russian counterpart to take steps to reduce tensions in Ukraine and urged him to extend a deal protecting Black Sea grains exports, the president’s office said.
Erdogan also mentioned Moscow’s plans to incorporate four Ukrainian regions into Russia, which Turkey opposes, and he asked Putin to give peace negotiations another chance, according to Ankara’s readout of the call.
The UN- and Turkey-brokered deal establishing a shipping corridor, allowing Ukrainian grain exports, is set to expire in late November and can be renewed with the backing of Russia and the other three parties to the agreement.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 19:01(19:01 GMT)
Blinken calls Moscow’s planned annexation as a ‘land grab’
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has denounced Russian-backed referendum in Ukraine as an attempted land grab that is illegal and violates international law.
“The Kremlin’s sham referenda are a futile effort to mask what amounts to a further attempt at a land grab in Ukraine,” Blinken said in a statement. “To be clear: the results were orchestrated in Moscow and do not reflect the will of the people of Ukraine.”
- 29 Sep 2022 - 18:06(18:06 GMT)
Nord Stream says it seeks permits to start damage assessment of pipeline
Nord Stream AG, the operator of the Russia-led Nord Stream 1 offshore gas pipeline, has said it intended to start assessing the damage to the pipeline as soon as it receives the necessary official permits.
It said access to the area of incidents will be allowed only after the pressure in the gas pipeline has stabilised and the gas leakage has stopped.
The operator added that until the completion of the damage assessment, it is not possible to predict the timeframe for restoration of the gas transmission infrastructure.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 17:39(17:39 GMT)
Putin says military mistakes should be corrected: RIA
Speaking at a meeting of Russia’s Security Council, President Vladimir Putin says all mistakes made during a partial military mobilisation to reinforce Russia’s military operation in Ukraine should be corrected, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
He also said that those who had military experience and training in required specialities should be called up first.
There have been widespread public expressions of discontent from officials and citizens over the way the mobilisation, announced last week, has been handled, including complaints about enlistment officers sending call-up papers to ineligible men.
Thousands of men have fled Russia to avoid the draft.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 17:28(17:28 GMT)
Russia ‘bracing’ for a ‘correction of history’: AJ correspondent
Russia is ignoring UN chief Guterres’s comment as it is “bracing” for celebrations on the planned annexation of four occupied Ukrainian territories, said Al Jazeera’s correspondent Mohamed Val.
Earlier the UN secretary-general had slammed Moscow for its decision to annex Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, saying it would mark a “dangerous escalation” and jeopardise peace prospects.
“Moscow is in another world … I am talking from a place where things are seen from a completely different perspective,” Val said, reporting from the Russian capital.
“Russian are bracing for what they call a correction of history as they think that those places belong to Russia and it was wrong in the first place to let them go,” Val said.
“I don’t think Russia is listening to what Guterres is saying and they believe that the UN is taking one side of the conflict,” he added.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 17:19(17:19 GMT)
Why is Russia about to annex Ukrainian territories?
Russian President Vladimir Putin is poised to sign formal documents proclaiming Russia’s annexation of four occupied Ukrainian regions, as Moscow faces its worst setbacks of its war with Ukraine.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin will deliver a speech in a ceremony at the Kremlin at 3pm (12:00 GMT) on Friday. But what is happening exactly? And why?
Read the full story here.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 16:35(16:35 GMT)
Drone activity observed near TotalEnergies offshore installation in North Sea
Some “unauthorised” drone activities were spotted near one of the offshore oil and gas installations run by TotalEnergies in the North Sea, the petroleum company has said.
“There have been observations of unauthorized drone activity at the Halfdan B oil and gas field in the North Sea,” a spokesperson said in a written comment, adding the activity had been observed on Wednesday.
“We have taken the necessary steps in accordance with our security procedures and are in close dialogue with the authorities.”
Denmark has, like other countries in the region, raised its safety level for its power and gas sector after several countries said two Russian pipelines to Europe now spewing gas into the Baltic Sea had been attacked.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 16:19(16:19 GMT)
UN chief says Russia’s annexation of Ukraine regions would be ‘dangerous escalation’
If Russia moves ahead with its plans to annex four Ukrainian regions, it would mark a “dangerous escalation” that would jeopardise the prospects for peace in the region, the UN secretary-general has warned.
“Any decision to proceed with the annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine would have no legal value and deserves to be condemned,” Antonio Guterres told reporters.
“It must not be accepted,” he added.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 15:40(15:40 GMT)
Conflict in Ukraine due to the fall of the Soviet Union: Putin
President Vladimir Putin said that conflicts in countries from the former USSR, including Ukraine, are the result of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
During a televised meeting with intelligence chiefs of former Soviet countries, Putin said, “It is enough to look at what is happening now between Russia and Ukraine and what is happening on the borders of some other CIS countries.
“All this, of course, is the result of the collapse of the Soviet Union”, he said.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 15:10(15:10 GMT)
US army commander assures Ukraine of further support
Ukraine’s top general and the US Army commander in Europe discussed the war with Russia and assurances of further support from Washington.
The generals spoke on the eve of Putin signing documents to proclaim Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions.
General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, said on Telegram, “I had a conversation with General Christopher Cavoli, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of the United States European Command.”
“We have shared thoughts on the operational situation, further plans and needs for weapons.
“I have shared with General Cavoli the vision of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine regarding the mobilisation in the Russian Federation. I have received encouraging esteem and assurances of further support,” he said.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 14:58(14:58 GMT)
Putin accuses the West of provoking revolution
President Vladimir Putin says the West stands ready to provoke “colour revolutions” and a “bloodbath” in any country, without naming a specific country.
Putin, who did not provide any evidence, was speaking via a video link with the heads of the intelligent services of the ex-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 14:28(14:28 GMT)
Pope Francis says he played a part in the prisoner swap
Pope Francis revealed he had a part in releasing about 300 Ukrainian prisoners held by Russia, he said in an interview in a Jesuit magazine.
Francis said he had received “Ukrainian emissaries” at the Vatican, including a military chief who brought a list “of more than 300 prisoners”.
“They asked me to do something so that an exchange could be made,” the pope said, according to a transcript of the September 15 interview published by the Italian Jesuit magazine, Civilta Cattolica.
“I immediately called the Russian ambassador to see if something could be done, if an exchange of prisoners could be expedited,” he added, without providing further details.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 14:02(14:02 GMT)
Zelenskyy calls an emergency meeting before Putin’s announcement on Friday
President Zelenskyy has called an emergency meeting of top security and defence officials for Friday, his spokesperson said on Thursday.
Serhiy Nykyforov announced the meeting on Facebook after the Kremlin said Russian President Putin would sign formal documents on Friday proclaiming Moscow’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions following what Kyiv called “sham” referendums.
“President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called an urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine for tomorrow. The agenda and other details will be announced later,” Nykyforov said.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 13:28(13:28 GMT)
Could the Ukraine war go nuclear? | The Bottom Line
With Putin expected to sign a proclamation incorporating the four Ukrainian regions, Al Jazeera’s The Bottom Line looks into the threat of nuclear weapons as Russia expands its territory.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 13:15(13:15 GMT)
Zelenskyy issues ‘very harsh’ warning to Russia if they annex regions
President Zelenskyy has issued a new warning to Russia of a “very harsh” response if Moscow annexed the four regions following what they and the West called “sham referendums” held by Russia at gunpoint.
“They [the votes] are worthless and do not change reality. The territorial integrity of Ukraine will be restored. And our reaction to recognition of the results by Russia will be very harsh,” Zelenskyy said.
A statement issued by Zelenskyy’s office after a phone call with Italy’s prime minister did not refer to the announcement by President Putin that he would sign documents formalising the annexation of the four regions on Friday.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 12:36(12:36 GMT)
Intercepted phone calls by Russian soldiers expose atrocities: NYT
The New York Times has intercepted phone calls by Russian soldiers in Ukraine who spoke about the atrocities committed, including orders to kill civilians and the massacre in Bucha.
More on what was uncovered here.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 12:23(12:23 GMT)
Russia calls for ‘objective’ investigation into the Nord Stream leaks
Russia has called for an international investigation into the Nord Stream pipeline gas leaks under the Baltic Sea to be “objective” amid an escalating blame game between Moscow and the West over responsibility for the unexplained damage.
Earlier on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “It’s very difficult to imagine that such a terrorist act could happen without the involvement of a state.”
“This is an extremely dangerous situation that requires urgent investigation,” Peskov said.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 11:56(11:56 GMT)
Italy will not recognise ‘illegal’ referendum result: Prime Minister Draghi
Italy will not recognise the results of the “illegal” annexation referendums, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said.
The leader’s office said Draghi had spoken to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to assure him of Rome’s “continued support” for Kyiv.
Draghi and Zelenskyy discussed the “illegal ‘referendums'” which “Italy will not recognise”, his office said.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 11:51(11:51 GMT)
Who controls what in Ukraine?
With Moscow formally annexing four regions tomorrow, Al Jazeera has three maps that are updated daily on what Ukraine looks like today.
- 29 Sep 2022 - 11:19(11:19 GMT)
Leaders from breakaway regions land in Moscow: AJ correspondent
Al Jazeera correspondent Mohamed Vall, reporting from Moscow, said that the leaders of the eastern and southern breakaway Ukrainian regions have landed in Moscow.
“Preparations are taking place for the signing ceremony, which will take place sometime tomorrow alongside a public celebration.
“All the signs indicate that Russia is determined to take that decision and make it [annexation] a fact.”
Vall added: “Russia is talking about this as a correction of history, that those regions have been wronged … and that Russia will take every measure necessary to defend them after the annexation.”
- 29 Sep 2022 - 11:04(11:04 GMT)
‘Deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage’: NATO
NATO pledged a “determined response” to the Nord Stream pipeline damage.
In a statement, NATO said: “All currently available information indicates that this is the result of deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage.”
“These leaks are causing risks to shipping and substantial environmental damage. We support the investigations underway to determine the origin of the damage.”
The statement said the alliance was “committed to prepare for, deter and defend against the coercive use of energy and other hybrid tactics”.
“Any deliberate attack against Allies’ critical infrastructure would be met with a united and determined response,” it said.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies