September 30, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Tara Subramaniam, Andrew Raine, Sana Noor Haq and Adrienne Vogt, CNN

Updated 6:14 p.m. ET, September 30, 2022
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1:58 a.m. ET, September 30, 2022

US Army doctor and wife charged with conspiring to provide medical records to Russian government

From CNN's Holmes Lybrand

A wife and husband from Maryland, United States, have been charged with conspiring to provide the Russian government with personal medical records from the US government and military, according to a newly unsealed federal indictment.

Anna Gabrielian, an anesthesiologist practicing in Baltimore, and her husband, Jamie Lee Henry, a major and doctor in the US Army, allegedly provided “individually identifiable health information,” which is protected under federal law, to an FBI undercover agent posing as a Russian government employee.

Gabrielian and Henry were arrested Thursday morning, according to the US Attorney’s office in the District of Maryland. After appearing in court, they were released on home detention with 24/7 location monitoring. Gabrielian also has a $500,000 unsecured bond.

According to the indictment, Gabrielian was contacted by the undercover agent – who claimed to be an employee of the Russian embassy – in August, after Gabrielian had reached out to the Russian embassy to offer her and her husband’s assistance to the Russian government several months earlier.

CNN is reaching out to the defendants. No attorneys have been listed in court records. 

Gabrielian and Henry both suggested that they provide the undercover agent with medical information from members of the US military and their families from Fort Bragg, where Henry was stationed as a staff internist, as well as from the medical institution where Gabrielian worked in Baltimore, the indictment alleges.

Henry, the indictment says, provided to the undercover agent during an August meeting the health records of a US Army officer, Department of Defense employee, and the spouses of three Army veterans, two of whom are deceased. The indictment also alleges that Gabrielian conspired to provide the medical information of “the spouse of a government employee and military veteran.”

Henry told the undercover agent that if the US were to declare war against Russia, “at that point, I’ll have some ethical issues I have to work through,” according to the indictment.

Read the full report here.

2:11 a.m. ET, September 30, 2022

Finland will close borders to Russian tourists amid record crossings since partial mobilization order

From Jorge Engels and Allegra Goodwin

Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto speaks during the Finnish Government's press conference in Helsinki on September 29.
Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto speaks during the Finnish Government's press conference in Helsinki on September 29. (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva/AFP/Getty Images)

Finland will close its borders to Russian tourists from midnight Friday local time until further notice amid a record number of Russians crossing into the country following Moscow's partial mobilization order, the government confirmed Thursday.

On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the immediate "partial mobilization" of citizens for its war in Ukraine.

Since then, there has been an exodus of citizens fleeing the country and thousands of Russians have entered neighboring Finland.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the mobilization declared by Russia have changed the security situation in Europe," Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Thursday.

"The government deems that the Russian mobilization and the rapidly increasing volume of tourists arriving in Finland and transiting via Finland endanger Finland’s international position and international relations." 

"The resolution aims to stop tourism and related transit from Russia altogether. It will drastically limit the capacity to receive visa applications in Russia," the ministry added. 

"The resolution will not prevent traveling when it is deemed necessary for humanitarian reasons, for national interests or for meeting Finland’s international obligations."

Some context: The announcement comes after Helsinki announced Wednesday it would "significantly" restrict the right of Russian tourists to enter the country or transit through when traveling to other parts of Europe's Schengen area.

Finland’s border guard also said Wednesday that more than 50,000 Russians have entered Finland via the land border since September 21.

Last weekend saw a record number of Russians entering Finland via its land border, with 16,886 Russians arriving in total over Saturday and Sunday, according to the border guard’s head of international affairs, Matti Pitkaniitty.

1:58 a.m. ET, September 30, 2022

Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill made ambassador for Ukraine's Army of Drones project

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Actor Mark Hamil attends the premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in Los Angeles on December 16, 2019.
Actor Mark Hamil attends the premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in Los Angeles on December 16, 2019. (Phil McCarten/Reuters)

Mark Hamill – the actor who played Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars" – has been made an ambassador for Ukraine's Army of Drones project.

His introduction as an ambassador took place during an online call on Thursday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who expressed his gratitude for Hamill’s support since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Mark, you have become the first ambassador to help Ukraine raise funds to support its defenders,” Zelensky said. “For Ukrainians, this means a lot. As in ‘Star Wars,’ good will triumph over evil and light will overcome darkness. With you in the team, there’s no other way around it.”

Hamill said, “In this long and unequal fight, Ukraine needs continuous additional support. That’s why I was honored President Zelensky asked me to become an ambassador for the Army of Drones."

The Army of Drones project is a program of the fundraising platform UNITED24, Ukraine’s General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Digital Transformation and the State Special Communications Service. It procures, repairs and replaces drones and trains their pilots.