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EXTRAORDINARY ONLINE Ukraine and Russia exchanged almost 300 prisoners of war, including Medvedchuk –


Live from Ukraine Zelensky’s speech on the exchange of prisoners of war ONLINE Load new news 6:17 EU foreign ministers agreed on Thursday night to prepare new anti-Russian sanctions and increase arms supplies to Ukraine. This is a reaction to the announcement of the first Russian mobilization since the Second World War, which was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. TASR informs about it based on a Reuters report. 6:16 US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Liz Truss agreed on Wednesday in their first ever joint meeting that the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin only reinforce the need for allies to continue providing economic and military aid to Ukraine. The British Prime Minister’s office stated this in a statement. TASR informs about it according to a Reuters report. 6:01 a.m. Ukraine announced Wednesday that it had carried out its largest-ever prisoner exchange with Russia, involving nearly 300 people, including Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk and commanders of Ukraine’s defense operation in besieged Mariupol. TASR informs about it according to the reports of the Reuters and AFP agencies. Russia received 55 prisoners as part of the exchange, including Medvedchuk – a former Ukrainian MP and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin – who was accused of treason in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced this in his regular address on Thursday night. Ukraine managed to free 215 people in the exchange, most of them captured after the Russian army captured the city of Mariupol. “This is a clear victory for our country and our entire society. The main thing is that 215 families will see their loved ones at home and in safety,” said Zelensky. 6:00 am EU foreign affairs and security policy chief Josep Borrell said on Wednesday that he is calling an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers as he begins to propose new sanctions against Russia. TASR informs about it based on the report of the AP agency. Brussels sanctions have turned the war in Ukraine into a global economic war, Orbán claims The war between Ukraine and Russia is no longer local, sanctions have turned it into a global economic war. This was announced on Wednesday by the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, at the beginning of the two-day exit meeting of the parliamentary factions of the Fidesz-KDNP government bloc. The correspondent of TASR in Budapest informs about this with reference to the online edition of the newspaper Magyar Nemzet. “It is already clear to everyone that we have to count on a long-lasting war, we have to prepare for the fact that this war will continue in our neighborhood this year and next year,” Orbán said at the meeting in the town of Balatonalmádi in the Veszprém County. According to him, the security and protection of economic and national sovereignty have thus become a more important topic for Hungary than ever before, and the government therefore created a defense fund. “We withdrew soldiers from border protection, we created border guard units. We need more soldiers ready to defend the homeland,” he emphasized. The Prime Minister reminded that people are worried about the war, but they are directly affected by inflation. “If Brussels lifted the sanctions (against Russia), prices would drop by half and inflation would ease. Without sanctions, the European economy would gain strength again and avoid the impending recession,” added Orbán, noting that he supports the sanctions enforced by Brussels bureaucrats and the Hungarian left. Regarding the opposition shadow government of the Democratic Coalition led by Klára Dobreva, the wife of ex-prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, the prime minister said that it was already clear in the April parliamentary election campaign that Gyurcsány, who destroyed the country, and the representatives of his era wanted to return. Orbán expressed his belief that this shadow government, which was established last weekend, is promoted by Brussels bureaucrats and the non-governmental organizations of the American financier George Soros, who also finance it. The role of Fidesz-KDNP in the future will be to ensure energy supplies, protect families and jobs, Orbán emphasized. More than 1,300 people have already been arrested at protests against the mobilization in Russia At least 1,332 people have already been arrested in Russia on Wednesday during Wednesday’s protests against the partial mobilization announced by the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, in his speech. TASR informs about this based on the report of the independent association OVD-Info, which monitors anti-government protests and the number of detainees in Russia. Photo gallery (4) Protests in Russia against mobilization.
Source: SITA/AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov Demonstrations against the announced mobilization are taking place in at least 38 cities of Russia, OVD-Info reports, saying that these are the largest protests since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. The most detained persons were registered shortly before 22:00 CET in St. Petersburg (545) and in Moscow (503). AFP journalists located in the center of the Russian capital said that at least 50 people were arrested by the police on the famous Arbat Street. In St. Petersburg, AFP reporters saw police surround a small group of protesters chanting “No to mobilization!” and she detained each of them. “Everyone is scared. I’m for peace and I don’t want to have to shoot. But it’s very dangerous to go out now, otherwise there would be a lot more people,” said one of the protesters, student Vasiliy Fedorov, who wore a symbol of pacifism pinned to his chest “I came to the protest rally, but it looks like everyone has already been arrested. This regime has condemned itself and is destroying the youth,” said the 60-year-old pensioner. “Why do you serve Putin, a man who has been in power for 20 years!” shouted one of the young demonstrators at the police. Photo gallery (4) Protests in Russia against mobilization.
Source: SITA/AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov “I came to say that I am against war and mobilization,” student Oxana Sidorenkova told AFP. “Why are they deciding my future instead of me? I’m worried about myself and my brother,” she added. Another protester, 20-year-old Alina, said she hoped Russians would soon understand the nature of the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine. “As soon as they really understand it, they will take to the streets despite the fear,” she said. The Moscow prosecutor’s office warned on Wednesday that participation in protests and unauthorized “mass events” is a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison. OVD-info estimates that at least 16,437 people have been detained in Russia since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, which has been going on for almost seven months.



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