and U.K., have been released after being detained in Russian-held areas of Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a wider prisoner exchange between the warring countries in which several hundred Ukrainian soldiers were exchanged for Russian troops.The prisoner exchange was something of a surprise on a day when tensions between Russia and the West rose even higher after Putin announced the partial mobilization and again blamed the West for the conflict in Ukraine.
General Assembly on Wednesday to stand in solidarity with Ukraine and oppose Russian aggression, condemning the Kremlin's invasion as an attack on the global body's founding principles.Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said China, one of the few global powers not to condemn the Kremlin's aggression, had "questions and concerns" about the war.Britain's Defense Ministry says Russian President Vladimir Putin's order to mobilize more troops "is effectively an admission that Russia has exhausted its supply of willing volunteers to fight in Ukraine.".The Finnish Border Guard said traffic at the country's eastern border with Russia "intensified" overnight, Reuters reported, following President Vladimir Putin's order to mobilize more troops for the Ukraine war.Prices of one-way flights out of Russia surged after Putin announced a partial mobilization of the country's military and images on social media appeared to show long queues at border posts.Ukraine's top officials are hailing the release of several hundred Ukrainian fighters as part of a prisoner swap with Russia that took place on Wednesday.Over 200 Ukrainian prisoners were swapped for 55 Russian troops and a pro-Kremlin Ukrainian politician as well as 10 foreign prisoners of war who had been fighting in Ukraine.More than 1,300 people have been arrested in Russia following nationwide protests over President Vladimir Putin's decision to mobilize more troops for the war in Ukraine.
and U.K., have been released after being detained in Russian-held areas of Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a wider prisoner exchange.The prisoner swap came after Saudi Arabia brokered a deal between Russia and Ukraine, the Saudi government said in a statement.As part of a wider prisoner exchange also brokered by Turkey, Russia exchanged 215 Ukrainian soldiers, including those who were holed up in the Azovstal steelworks complex in Mariupol in a long-running siege in the early stages of the conflict, for 55 Russian soldiers and a pro-Kremlin Ukrainian politician and oligarch, Viktor Medvechuk."We must finally recognize Russia as a the state of sponsor of terrorism," Zelenskyy said at the 77th U.N.Zelenskyy's dramatic remarks to world leaders came on the heels of Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to mobilize hundreds of thousands of troops for war.The move, announced by President Putin on Wednesday morning, will see around 300,000 military reservists called-up and sent to Ukraine."As president Putin escalates Russia's war, it is even more important that NATO allies continue to step up support," he added, referencing the Kremlin's recent announcement to mobilize additional troops for the war in Ukraine.
member states to stand with Ukraine and oppose Russian aggression, warning that the Kremlin's invasion of its smaller neighbor threatened the independence and sovereignty of nations around the world.
president said the nations of the world had an obligation to put their political differences aside and defend the global body's founding principles by standing in solidarity with Ukraine
We will stand in solidarity with Ukraine, we will stand in solidarity against Russia's aggression – period," Biden saidRussian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin's decree on partial mobilisation would see 300,000 additional personnel called up to serve in Russia's military campaign in Ukraine, Reuters reported
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