Russia mobilizes convicted murderers, withdraws occupation administration from Kherson

28 October 2022, 03:15 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, October 28th, 2022.

The Russian parliament has passed a law allowing convicts to be subject to the same mobilization regime as the rest of the country. The only exceptions are made for rapists and for those who committed crimes against the state (terrorism, treason, rebellion, etc). Murderers are elligible. The Russian private military contractor the Wagner Group had previously been actively recruiting in prisons.

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The Russian occupation authorities in Kherson have moved their administration out of the city of Kherson itself. Kherson is situated on the western bank of the Dnipro river and therefore exposed to an upcoming Ukrainian offensive. Over the last few weeks, the Russians have been evacuating their occupation institutions and civilian personnel from the city. However, their soldiers are remaining for now.

After shooting down a Russian UAV, the Ukrainian military discovered that it contained chip manufactured by the Massachusettes-based tech company Analog Devices. Analog Devices is a supplier for the US defense industry. The article explains the process of how these American chips ended up aiding the Russian war effort.

Russia has begun a new round of provocative statements by claiming that they would destroy American commercials or satellites if they are used to provide Ukraine with intelligence or other services. Russia, along with America and several other countries, has this capability, but anti-satellite warfare would be new. Washington replied that they would respond to any attacks on American satellites.

The war has not halted Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts. NABU, the National Anti-Corruption Agency, has served 15 former and current members of the National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Public Utilities (NCRECP) with charge papers in the Rotterdam Plus case. The essence of the Rotterdam Plus case is that energy companies allegedly overcalculated the cost of electricity and stole the difference.

Hollywood action star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a meeting and photo-op with Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, the winners of the 2022 Eurovision Song contest. Their song Stefania has become something of an anthem for the war effort. Schwarzenegger is well-established as a supporter of Ukraine.

The Director of People and Culture for Phillip Morris in Ukraine, Caucasus, and Moldova recounts her experience leading up to the full-scale invasion in February and the resilience of the Ukrainian people.

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