Salem Radio Network News Thursday, October 6, 2022

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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

(Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy demanded a special United Nations tribunal impose “just punishment” on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, including financial penalties and stripping Moscow of its veto power in the Security Council.

Hours earlier, president Vladimir Putin had ordered Russia’s first wartime mobilisation since World War Two.

DIPLOMACY/POLITICS

* Russia and Ukraine carried out an unexpected prisoner swap, the largest since the war began and involving almost 300 people, including 10 foreigners.

* Putin’s thinly veiled threat to use nuclear weapons was “dangerous and reckless rhetoric”, NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said, adding that the only way to end the war was to prove Moscow will not win on the battlefield.

* “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will without doubt use all available means to protect Russia and our people – this is not a bluff,” Putin said in a televised address.

* Russia’s mobilization makes more urgent the need for a cap on Russian oil prices to cut off the “blood money” supporting its war in Ukraine, a senior economic adviser to Zelenskiy said.

* Security forces detained more than 1,300 people in Russia at protests denouncing mobilisation, a rights group said,

* U.S. President Joe Biden accused Russia of violating the tenets of membership in the United Nations by invading Ukraine and said Moscow was making “irresponsible” threats to use nuclear weapons.

* European Union foreign ministers were set to discuss new sanctions and weapons deliveries to Kyiv.

* One-way flights out of Russia were rocketing in price and selling out fast after the mobilisation order.

* In Moscow’s first update on casualty numbers in almost six months, Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed since the start of the conflict.

* Pro-Russian figures announced referendums for Sept. 23-27 in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia provinces, representing around 15% of Ukrainian territory.

ECONOMY/MARKETS

* Germany nationalised gas importer Uniper and Britain capped wholesale electricity and gas costs for businesses.

* The rouble recovered from two-month lows and Russian stocks pared losses after plunging on the mobilisation news.

QUOTES

* “Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and point towards them,” Putin said in his televised address.

(Compiled by Hugh Lawson and Shri Navaratnam)

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