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The ongoing crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues, with Russian-installed officials in four occupied regions of Ukraine reporting referendums in favor of joining Russia, while western countries and Ukraine condemn the referendums as shams.

Ukraine, meanwhile, has said it will not be swayed by any nuclear threats from Russia or annexation votes, and will press ahead with its plan to wrest back all its occupied land from Russia.

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Ukraine encircles Russian forces around Lyman stronghold – military

KYIV – Ukraine has encircled thousands of Russian troops at the eastern town of Lyman, a bastion that is critical for Moscow, in an operation that is still under way, a Ukrainian military spokesperson said on Saturday.

The capture of the town, which Russia has used as a logistics and transport hub for its operations in the north of the Donetsk region, would be a major new setback for the Kremlin’s plan to seize all of the industrial Donbas region.

“The Russian grouping in the area of Lyman is surrounded,” said Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern forces.

“Lyman is important because it is the next step towards the liberation of the Ukrainian Donbas. It is an opportunity to go further to Kreminna and Sievierodonetsk, and it is psychologically very important,” he said.

Russia’s forces at Lyman totalled around 5,000 to 5,500 soldiers, but the number of encircled troops may have fallen because of casualties and some soldiers trying to break out of the encirclement, he said Cherevatyi.

He said Russian troops were mounting unsuccessful attempts to break out of the encirclement.

“Some are surrendering, they have a lot of killed and wounded, but the operation is not yet over,” he said.

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Turkey rejects Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, October 1, it rejects Russia’s annexation of four regions in Ukraine, adding the decision is a “grave violation” of international law.

Turkey, a NATO member, has conducted a diplomatic balancing act since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Ankara opposes Western sanctions on Russia and has close ties with both Moscow and Kyiv, its Black Sea neighbors. It has also criticized Russia’s invasion and sent armed drones to Ukraine.

The Turkish ministry said on Saturday it had not recognized Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, adding that it rejects Russia’s decision to annex the four regions, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia.

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Russia vetoes UN resolution on proclaimed annexations, China abstains

RESOLUTION VOTE. Members of the United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution condemning the referendums on annexing several Russia-occupied regions of Ukraine, as they convene at the request of Russia to discuss damage to two Russian gas pipelines to Europe in New York, USA, on September 30, 2022. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

WASHINGTON, USA – Russia on Friday, September 30, vetoed a UN Security Council resolution introduced by the United States and Albania condemning Moscow’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, with Russia’s strategic partner China abstaining from the vote.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed Russian rule over four regions that make up 15% of Ukraine’s territory – the biggest annexation in Europe since World War II. The move has been firmly rejected by Western countries and even many of Russia’s close allies.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield introduced the resolution that called on member states not to recognize any altered status of Ukraine and obliged Russia to withdraw its troops.

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The budget-conscious Dutch, who enjoyed abundant cheap gas for half a century to heat their homes, are turning to more traditional heating methods as cold weather reaches the Netherlands.

Sales of coal, wood, and pellets for heating stoves have jumped as consumers seek cheaper energy alternatives to counter skyrocketing gas bills in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

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IMF board approves new food shock financing window to ease war shortages

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said its executive board approved a new mechanism for low-condition emergency loans to help vulnerable countries cope with food shortages and rising costs stemming from Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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EU countries spar over gas price caps

European Union countries disagreed on Friday, September 30, about whether and how to cap runaway gas prices, with Germany among those opposing the measure that 15 other states said was needed to tackle Europe’s energy crunch.

Meeting in Brussels on Friday, ministers from the 27 EU member states approved levies on energy firms’ windfall profits to try to contain an energy price surge aggravated by Russia’s war against Ukraine.

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