Some military-age Russians rushed to the border to escape the biggest conscription drive since World War II, accusing world powers of surrounding Russia at the United Nations and escalating the conflict in Ukraine. .
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded defiantly, defending Russia’s record and accusing Ukraine and its allies of threatening his country, before ending his speech at the Security Council.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a new mobilization campaign for a seven-month-old war that has already killed thousands, displaced millions, shattered cities and damaged the global economy. The day after it started, a diplomatic confrontation erupted.
He also announced plans to annex four Ukrainian provinces, effectively announcing the government’s support for a referendum scheduled to start on Friday, annexing them to Russia, and threatening to use nuclear weapons.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council that talk of a nuclear conflict was “totally unacceptable” and that any move to annexed territories violates international law.
“I am also deeply concerned by reports of plans to organize so-called ‘referendums’ in areas of Ukraine not currently under government control,” Guterres said.
“The international order that we gather here to maintain is being shredded before our eyes,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said at the rally.
“President Putin cannot escape”
In his speech, Lavrov accused Ukraine of “brazenly trampling” on the rights of Russians and Russian-speaking people.
“I can assure you that we will never accept this,” he said.
“Everything I said today confirms that the decision to conduct a special military operation was inevitable.”
This year was at least the 20th meeting of the Security Council on Ukraine.
The body was unable to take meaningful action because Russia is a permanent veto member along with the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China.
A survey in Russia suggests widespread domestic support for military intervention in Ukraine, but in the past the Kremlin has promised it will not happen and a series of battlefield failures in Ukraine have led to mass Conscription may be a dangerous move for Putin.
“Any normal person[worries],” said a man calling himself Sergei, who had flown into Belgrade from Moscow.
“It’s okay to fear war.”
More than 1,300 people were arrested Wednesday during anti-war protests in 38 Russian cities, according to watchdog groups.
Some detainees were ordered to appear at the enlistment office on Thursday, the first full day of conscription, according to independent news outlets.
The Russian government said reports of mass exodus were exaggerated.
Meanwhile, Russian news outlets reported on Thursday, citing the Russian General Staff, that 10,000 people had volunteered to fight even before the call-up papers arrived.
Defense Minister Putin said the mobilization was intended to mobilize about 300,000 people.
Prices for flights from Moscow skyrocketed above A$7,500 for a one-way ticket to the nearest overseas location, with most tickets sold out in the next few days.
Traffic also surged at border crossings with Finland and Georgia.
On the ground, on the eve of a planned referendum by pro-Russian separatists, there was an explosion that shook southeastern Ukraine and Ukraine and its allies called the vote a hoax.
In the Russian-controlled southern city of Melitopol in the Zaporizhia region, an explosion hit a crowded market.
The city’s deposed mayor said it was prepared by occupation forces to kill three soldiers and accuse Ukraine of acts of terrorism.
Members of the Russian-installed local administration accused Ukraine’s special services of trying to cause chaos on the eve of the vote.
In further violence, Russian-installed separatists said at least six civilians were killed and another six wounded in a missile attack on a market in central Donetsk.
A corpse lay in the street next to a wrecked bus surrounded by debris and twisted metal.
A firefighter hugs a woman who lost her daughter in her car.
A Reuters reporter saw five dead, including a teenager, and several injured in the separatist-controlled city.
Some flee Russia convocation, UN wary of vote
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