Putin says military mobilization will be completed within 2 weeks
From CNN's Uliana Pavlova and Anna Chernova
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that there are no plans to expand the military mobilization and that the drive will be over within two weeks.
"Mobilization is ending. I assume in two weeks all mobilizing measures will be over," he said Friday.
Some 222,000 out of the planned 300,000 Russians have already been drafted into the army so far, the Russian leader added.
Some background: Last month, Putin called for “partial mobilization” of Russia’s population to support the war in Ukraine. It came at a time when a sudden counteroffensive from Kyiv recaptured thousands of square miles of territory and put Moscow on the backfoot. Experts have said Russia’s forces have been significantly depleted.
9:13 a.m. ET, October 14, 2022
Western sanctions are hurting Russia's ability to replenish military supplies, intelligence analysis shows
From CNN's Kevin Liptak
Western sanctions have sharply curtailed Russia's ability to replenish the munitions it is using in Ukraine, according to a new analysis from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, forcing Moscow to task its intelligence services with finding ways to evade restrictions and procure the critical technology and parts to sustain its war effort.
Russia has lost more than 6,000 pieces of equipment since the war began nearly eight months ago, the analysis obtained by CNN shows, with the country's military struggling to acquire the microchips, engines and thermal imaging technology required to make new weapons.
Sweeping Western restrictions on exports to Russia have forced the country's defense industrial facilities to periodically go idle. Two of the country's largest domestic microelectronics manufacturers were forced to temporarily halt production because they weren't able to secure necessary foreign components. And a shortage of bearings — a low-tech component — has undermined the production of tanks, aircraft, submarines and other military systems.
Even as early as May, only a few months into the war, the Russian defense industry found itself short of supplies and components for marine diesel engines, helicopter and aircraft parts and fire control systems, according to the analysis. And Russia has turned to Soviet-era tanks, removing them from storage to use in Ukraine.
The details were shared in a presentation with senior finance officials from nearly 30 nations Friday, who gathered at the Treasury Department for an update from Deputy US Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves and Deputy Director of National Intelligence Morgan Muir on the sanctions' effectiveness in choking off Russia's military industrial complex.
Germany is making a "mistake" by taking NATO's side on Ukraine conflict, Putin says
From CNN's Uliana Pavlova and Anna Chernova
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Germany is making a mistake by taking NATO's side on the Ukraine conflict.
"Germany decided that commitments to some international agreements, including NATO, took precedence over domestic interests. I believe that this is a mistake and their economy and citizens are suffering. Otherwise, they would not undermine the Nord Stream gas pipelines," Putin told reporters after the completion of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit in the Kazakh capital of Astana.
"One branch of Nord Stream 2 pipeline is in working condition. A decision to launch it is not being made and is unlikely to be made, but it's none of our business," he added.
Putin was also asked if he would hold talks with US President Joe Biden.
"You should ask him (Biden) if he wants to hold talks with me. For now, I do not see the need for negotiations with Biden until I see a platform for this," he said.
8:58 a.m. ET, October 14, 2022
Russians gain on eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, bolstered by Wagner mercenaries
From CNN's Mick Krever in London and Olga Voitovych in Kyiv
Even as it loses ground in Ukraine’s southern Kherson and northeastern Luhansk regions, Russian forces have been making slow but steady progress into their assault on the eastern city of Bakhmut, aided in large measure by Wagner mercenaries, or private military contractors.
Bakhmut, located in the Donetsk region, is Ukrainian controlled, but has been bombarded by Russian artillery for months. If Russian forces were able to capture the city, it would enable them to further bombard the populations centers of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk. Russian forces were pushed further away from those cities when Ukraine recaptured Lyman and much of Kharkiv region last month.
“Wagner are carrying on with their advances on the eastern side of Bakhmut,” Semyon Pegov, a pro-Russian analyst who posts under the name WarGonzo, said on Telegram on Friday. “According to some reports the AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] units are leaving the area in small groups under the threat of being surrounded. If it is really so we will find out shortly.”
CNN cannot independently verify the claim that Ukraine was withdrawing forces from Bakhmut, and Ukrainian officials have not commented on it. Andrey Marochko, an official in the Russian-back Luhansk People’s Republic, also repeated that claim, as did TASS, the Russian state news agency.
Pegov said that in the past week, Wagner mercenaries were able to capture the towns of Zajtseve and Vesela Dolyna to the southeast of Bakhmut. The UK Ministry of Defense on Friday said that they may also now be contesting the villages of Opytne and Ivanhrad, to the south of Bakhmut.
CNN cannot independently verify those claims, but they would mean that Russia is forming a more complete semi-circle around Bakhmut.
“The Wagner troops pushed the AFU from important road junction to the North-East of Bakhmut,” Pegov said on Wednesday.
Ukrainian officials agree that Bakhmut is being fiercely contested:
Bakhmut had been struck by two air strikes, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the regional military administration in Donetsk, on Wednesday. Bakhmut is located in his region.
The “most intense situation” was to be found in Bakhmut, and the Ukrainian military had repelled “more than 30 attacks,” said Serhii Hayday, head of the neighboring Luhansk region, on Sunday. Hayday has spent significant time in Bakhmut.
Post includes additional translation by Racz.
8:43 a.m. ET, October 14, 2022
Evacuation of civilians from occupied Kherson is a form of deportation, Ukraine says
From CNN's Olga Voitovych and Tim Lister
After a Russian-appointed leader outlined plans for the evacuation of civilians from the occupied Kherson region, Ukraine called it a form of deportation.
Russians are taking "the opportunity to carry out a semi-voluntary deportation of the Ukrainian population ... and then repopulate the Kherson region with zombies who are 100% loyal to Moscow," Yurii Sobolevskyi, deputy head of Kherson regional council, claimed on his Telegram channel. "There were similar processes in Crimea after the annexation. Fortunately, it is not 2014, and no-one intends to give Russia even a centimeter of Ukrainian land."
On Thursday, Oleksandr Samoylenko, head of Kherson regional council, urged people there not to trust "the nonsense and false statements" of the Russian-appointed head of Kherson, Vladimir Saldo, who had appealed to Moscow to help with the evacuation plan.
Remember: Saldo's announcement came as Ukrainian forces exerted growing pressure on Russian defenders in parts of the region.
"The so-called 'evacuation' takes place under the guise of 'rehabilitation' and 'education.' This does not correspond to the real motives of the occupiers," Samoylenko said, adding that the Russians' goal was to get rid of the Ukrainian population in the region by seizing their property and "settle Russians from remote areas of the Russian Federation in your homes and apartments."
He urged Ukrainians in the region to not go to Russia under any circumstances.
"Under no circumstances should you go to the Russian Federation, and also do not send your children to 'rehabilitate'! Because when you leave your native land, you will immediately receive Russian passports. And according to their legislation, it will be very difficult, almost impossible, to return to Ukraine!" Samoylenko said on Facebook.
7:59 a.m. ET, October 14, 2022
Red Cross says it shares "frustration" about lack of access to prisoners of war in Ukraine
From CNN's Mick Krever
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said it shares the feeling of “frustration” about not having access to prisoners of war in Ukraine.
The Red Cross added that a lack of “practical arrangements” meant that there are thousands of prisoners it has not been able to visit.
“We share the frustration regarding our lack of access to all prisoners of war (POWs) held in the international armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” the ICRC said in a statement Friday.
“We have been able to visit hundreds of POWs but there are thousands more who we have not been able to see.
“We want to stress that our teams are ready on the ground—and have been ready for months—to visit the Olenivka penal facility and any other location where POWs are held.
"However, beyond being granted access by high levels of authority, this requires practical arrangements to materialize on the ground. We cannot access by force a place of detention or internment where we have not been admitted."
The statement came after a top Ukrainian official called on the ICRC to immediately send a delegation to the Russian prisoner of war camp at Olenivka, where more than 50 Ukrainian prisoners died in a fatal rocket attack in July.
A visit to Olenivka could not happen without Russian consent, as the detention center is in Russian-occupied territory in eastern Ukraine.
8:21 a.m. ET, October 14, 2022
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Moscow strikes Zaporizhzhia: Rescue teams responded to the site of a rocket attack in the city of Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine on Friday morning, according local authorities. Officials did not say whether any casualties were reported.
Russia to receive Kherson residents: Russia’s Rostov region will receive residents from Kherson in south Ukraine on Friday, according to a Russian governor. Vasily Golubev's announcement came after Moscow said it would help evacuate residents of occupied Kherson to other areas amid Kyiv's sweeping gains.
Grain exports deal in doubt: Russia could potentially leave its grain deal with Ukraine, said Gennady Gatilov, Russia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, according to Reuters. The deal was brokered by the UN and designed to unblock ports on the Black Sea and allow the safe passage of grain and oilseeds. Reuters reported that when asked whether Russia might back out of renewing the deal, Gatilov said, "There is a possibility … We are not against deliveries of grains but this deal should be equal, it should be fair and fairly implemented by all sides.”
Ukrainian health care attacks: There have been 620 attacks on health services in Ukraine since Russian launched its military invasion in February, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
SpaceX calls on Pentagon to fund services in Ukraine: Documents obtained by CNN show that last month Elon Musk’s SpaceX sent a letter to the Pentagon saying it can no longer continue to fund the Starlink satellite internet terminals in Ukraine, which have been a vital source of communication for the country's military.
"No one and nothing will stop us": The battlefield is "complicated but controlled" as Ukrainian forces push ahead with their counteroffensive to take back parts of the country seized by Russia in the early days of Moscow's invasion, Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi said Thursday.
8:11 a.m. ET, October 14, 2022
Russian diplomat suggests Russia could quit Black Sea Grain grain deal, reports say
From CNN's Mick Krever
A Russian diplomat has suggested that his country could potentially leave a deal to allow grain exports from Ukraine through the Black Sea, according to Reuters.
“If we see nothing is happening on the Russian side of the deal — export of Russian grains and fertilizers — then excuse us, we will have to look at it in a different way,” Gennady Gatilov, Russia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told Reuters.
Reuters reported Thursday that when asked whether Russia might back out of renewing the deal, Gatilov said: "There is a possibility…We are not against deliveries of grains but this deal should be equal, it should be fair and fairly implemented by all sides.”
In July, the UN and Turkey brokered a major deal between Ukraine and Russia that promised to unblock ports on the Black Sea to allow the safe passage of grain and oilseeds.
However, Moscow cut back its contribution to the initiative earlier this month. In a letter obtained by CNN, Russia said that it was reducing the number of inspection teams it deployed at a Turkish port where grain ships are inspected. The letter also said that inspectors would be ending their working day earlier, because there was currently no allowance made for lunchtime.
Since July, ships carrying grain from Ukrainian ports have been allowed to navigate a safe corridor through the Black Sea – an agreement that ended five months of Russian blockade.
The deal is set to expire at the end of November.
Asked on Thursday about the possibility of Russia pulling out, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said that it was “critical for the world,” and that there were good signs coming out of a meeting Thursday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“We're trying to get a bit more detail, and we'll be following up on that,” Dujarric said.
CNN's Victoria Butenko and Andrew Carey in Kyiv contributed reporting.
8:25 a.m. ET, October 14, 2022
More than 600 attacks on Ukrainian health care since beginning of war, WHO says
From CNN's Eve Brennan in London
There have been 620 attacks on health services in Ukraine since Russian launched its military invasion in February, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The agency's top priorities are continuing support for the 150 health partners on the ground and responding urgently to the 620 attacks on health care since the beginning of the war, the agency's Europe director Hans Kluge said Friday.
Other concerns for WHO include the health needs of those in Ukraine and “anticipating and preparing for challenges winter will bring,” he said at a press conference on the health impacts of the escalating conflict in Ukraine.
The winter season poses challenges specifically for those “living precariously” and unable to heat their homes, Kluge added.
“Wintertime challenges, and the recent escalation in fighting, could add to significant internal displacement with an anticipated two to three million people on the move in Ukraine itself as well as another exodus of refugees to surrounding countries,” he said.
“Consequently, there will be an even greater strain on health services both in Ukraine and refugee receiving countries,” he continued.
Mental health issues, another priority for WHO, will likely be “exacerbated,” said Kluge.
“Ten million people… are potentially at risk of mental disorders, including acute stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder,” he said, adding that this estimate was made before the recent escalation in Ukraine.