Russia-Ukraine War: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday issued an order to swiftly implement Russian citizenship for residents in parts of southern Ukraine, while lawmakers in Moscow passed a bill to strengthen the expanding Russian military. Putin’s decree, which applies to the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, could strengthen Russia’s hold on the region between eastern Ukraine, where Moscow-backed separatists have occupied some areas, including the Crimean peninsula.
Russia’s military is waging a massive war in the Donbass, Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland. As a sign of the Kremlin’s attempt to bolster its military machinery, Russian lawmakers agreed to abolish the 40-year age limit for persons signing voluntary military contracts. Andrei Kartpolov, chairman of the Russian parliament’s defense committee, said the measure would make it easier to hire people with ‘in-demand’ skills.
Some soldiers were taken by mistake in the initial phase
Russian officials said only volunteer contract soldiers were sent to fight in Ukraine. However, he admitted that some soldiers were mistakenly included in the fighting in the early stages of the war. The Kremlin said in a statement on its website that three months after Russia’s invasion of the neighboring country, Putin visited some soldiers wounded in Ukraine at a military hospital in Moscow.
Ukraine will fight until it gains all its territories
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited wounded soldiers, civilians and children while Russian soldiers were fighting on the outskirts of Kyiv. Zelensky reiterated on Wednesday that he would be ready to hold direct talks with Putin, but Moscow needs to back down before the offensive and show it is ready to “change from a bloody war to diplomacy”. He also said that Ukraine wants to expel Russian troops from all occupied territories. Zelensky said, ‘Ukraine will fight until it regains all its territories.’
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