Estonia bans re-entry to Russians going to fight against Ukraine

21 September, 06:30 PM
Estonia banned the return to the country of Russians who fought against Ukraine (Photo:Ville Säävuori/www.flickr.com)

Estonia banned the return to the country of Russians who fought against Ukraine (Photo:Ville Säävuori/www.flickr.com)

Russian citizens ordinarily resident in Estonia who go to fight against Ukraine will not be admitted re-entry to Estonia, Veiko Kommusaar, Estonia’s Undersecretary for Internal Security of the Ministry of the Interior, told the Estonian ERR public broadcaster on Sept. 21.

“Estonia has not imposed restrictions on citizens of the Russian Federation who want to exit Estonia,” Kommusaar said.

“However, if we discover that they had left to go to war (in Ukraine), then they will not have any way of re-entering Estonia.”

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin early on Sept. 21 declared a partial mobilization in Russia and his readiness to use nuclear weapons in the event of a “threat to the territorial integrity” of Russia.

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Later Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be called up during the partial mobilization. He estimated Russia’s mobilization resource at almost 25 million people.

Meanwhile, Kremlin proxies in occupied Donbas “statelets” announced on Sept. 20 that they would hold referendums on joining Russia. The occupation “administrations” stated that the sham plebiscite will be held Sept. 23-27.

Kremlin-controlled puppet "authorities" in Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts also announced plans to hold referendums on “uniting with Russia” on the same dates.

The statements were made shortly after a rapid counter-offensive by the defenders of Ukraine: on Sept. 14, the Ministry of Defense reported that since Sept. 6 (in the space of one week), the Armed Forces of Ukraine had liberated 388 settlements and about 8,500 square kilometers in Kharkiv Oblast alone.

Andriy Yermak, the chief-of-staff of the President’s Office of Ukraine, called Russia’s blackmail regarding the holding of referendums in the temporarily occupied territories a fear of defeat.

In turn, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba emphasized that sham referendums, which Russia is trying to organize in the occupied territories, would not change anything.

Also, the Russian State Duma, the Kremlin’s rubber-stamp parliament, on Sept. 20 rushed through votes introducing the concepts of “mobilization,” “martial law,” and “armed conflict” into Russia’s Criminal Code. Now in Russia, desertion, absence from service and voluntary surrender will be punished more severely.

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