Cover image: Demonstrators arrested in Saint-Petersburg, September 21. OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP Ukraine and Russia have exchanged military prisoners, the largest since the start of the offensive on February 24. A total of 215 people were released on the Ukrainian side, including 188 “heroes” who defended the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol (including 108 members of the Azov regiment). Five military commanders, including defense chiefs from Azovstal, have been transferred to Turkey, where they will remain “in absolute safety and in comfortable conditions” until “the end of the war”, Zelensky stressed. Ten prisoners of war – including five Britons and two Americans – are part of this exchange and are transiting through Saudi Arabia. Russia, meanwhile, has recovered 55 prisoners including ex-MP Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, accused of high treason in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin decreed on Wednesday a “partial mobilization”, a measure deemed “urgent and necessary”. 300,000 reservists are initially concerned, primarily citizens with military experience, aged 65 for the oldest. Sign of the concern of many Russians, airline sites were stormed after Mr. Putin’s speech and an Internet petition against the mobilization has already collected more than 230,000 signatures. 1,332 people were arrested in anti-mobilization demonstrations, according to OVD-Info, an organization specializing in counting arrests. These are the largest protests in Russia since February. In an address to the nation, Mr. Putin said he was ready to use “all means” in his arsenal against the West, which he accused of wanting “destroy” Russia. He accused the West, notably NATO, of being behind “nuclear blackmail”, overturning the accusations against him. “It’s not a bluff,” he assured. “It is impossible to win a nuclear war and it must not be waged,” replied Joe Biden at the UN podium. The US president has attacked Russia head-on, accusing it of having “brazenly violated” United Nations principles since its offensive in Ukraine. Zelensky demanded a “just retribution” against Moscow – a word he said fifteen times – strongly denouncing the invasion of his country by Russian troops and calling for the establishment of a special tribunal to judge Moscow “for its crime of aggression against our state”. He also called on the UN to withdraw its veto power from Russia. British Prime Minister Liz Truss at the UN General Assembly. The Ukrainian authorities have accused Moscow of having again bombed the site of the Zaporijia power plant on Wednesday. The situation there “is still deteriorating”, warned IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi. “We cannot afford the luxury of waiting for something catastrophic to happen,” he added. At the end of a meeting at the UN devoted to nuclear safety, several Western countries made a joint statement to ” [rappeler] that the increased risk of a nuclear accident will remain dangerously high as long as Russia is present at the Zaporizhia site”. Find our direct from yesterday by clicking on this link. Read all our articles, analyzes and reports on the war in Ukraine Chronicle. Alain Franchon: “Presenting the Global South as an anti-Western opposition bloc is a caricature” Story. “I prefer to go to jail rather than to Ukraine”: in Russia, the shock of military mobilization Decryption. Russia: the “partial” mobilization, a military bet far from being won Chat. Emmanuel Grynszpan “The fear of a very negative reaction from Russian society has so far convinced Putin not to carry out a general mobilization” Factual. The announcement of a partial mobilization in Russia, “new sign of disarray” of Vladimir Putin, according to the international community Synthesis. Between Russia and the West, Emmanuel Macron attacks the non-aligned At the UN, Emmanuel Macron castigated the States which claim non-alignment to remain neutral in the face of the war in Ukraine. Video. At the UN, Emmanuel Macron denounces “a return to the age of imperialism and colonies” Tribune. Laura Petiot: “The use of military lexicon makes it possible to justify the diversion of certain legislative processes and tools” Testimonials. “These images of the mass graves of Izioum, these exhumed bodies, this decomposed hand with a yellow and blue bracelet, never leave me”
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