The former Russian President declared that victory will soon be Russia’s, as the nation continues its ‘special military operation’ to completely obliterate the ‘Nazi Kyiv regime’.
His harrowing statement came one year after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson annexed by Moscow following a series of controversial local elections.
While the Kremlin claims these took place in ‘full accordance with international norms’, the referendums have been completely denounced by the West and were not internationally recognised.
‘The special military operation will continue until the Nazi Kyiv regime is completely destroyed and the original Russian territories are liberated from the enemy,’ Medvedev said.
‘Victory will be ours… And there will be more new regions within Russia.’
Putin ‘s close ally, Dmitry Medvedev, declared that Russia ‘s invasion will fight on
The Russian President also marked today’s event – now referred to as ‘Reunification Day’ – as he pledged that ‘nothing and no-one’ will stop him
While Putin claims that residents voluntarily returned to their ‘fatherland’, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson are still legally part of Ukraine under international law.
The Russian President also marked September 30 – now referred to as ‘Reunification Day’ – by pledging that ‘nothing and no-one’ will stop him in Moscow’s fight against Kyiv.
‘Nothing and no-one can break the will of millions of people, or their belief in truth and historical justice,’ Putin vowed.
‘The free and unequivocal choice of our brothers and sisters was wholeheartedly supported by the Russian people.
‘We understood and deeply felt the most important thing: by defending our compatriots in Donbas and Novorossiya, we are defending Russia itself.
‘Together, we are fighting for the Motherland, for our sovereignty, spiritual values, unity, and victory.
‘I thank all the citizens of the country for this solidarity and patriotism.’
Hundreds of supporters gathered at a celebratory anniversary concert at Moscow’s Red Square, though Putin was not present.
Despite plunging Russia and Ukraine into a debilitating 19-month war, the dictator also added that he was building a ‘common future’
Hundreds of supporters gathered at a celebratory concert at Moscow’s Red Square
Despite plunging Russia and Ukraine into a debilitating 19-month war, the dictator also added that he was building a ‘common future’ by rebuilding schools and hosptials.
‘Thanks to you, your fortitude and determination, Russia has become even stronger,’ he continued.
‘We are one people, and together we can overcome anything and meet any challenge.’
The address came after Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Friday that it would enlist 130,000 men for compulsory military service this autumn, beginning on October 1 in most regions of the country.
It announced it would for the first time begin enlisting residents of the annexed territories as part of its twice-yearly military conscription campaign.
Moscow says conscripts are not deployed to what it calls its ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine, or to serve in the annexed territories, but after their service, conscripts automatically become reservists, and Russia has deployed reservists to Ukraine.
In Ukraine, EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell referenced the anniversary of the regions being ‘illegally annexed’ by Russia in a video recorded during an unannounced visit to the Black Sea port city of Odesa on Saturday.
Speaking from the city’s Transfiguration Cathedral, severely damaged in a Russian missile strike in July, Mr Borrell reiterated the EU’s support for Ukraine.
‘Odesa is a beautiful historic city. It should be in the headlines for its vibrant culture and spirit. Instead, it marks the news as frequent target of Putin’s war,’ the EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy chief wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Yesterday, hundreds of supporters gathered at a celebratory concert at Moscow’s Red Square, though Putin was not present.
Yaroslav Dronov, known by his stage name Shaman, performs during a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s annexation of four regions
People waving Russian flags attend a concert dedicated to the first anniversary of the annexation of four regions of Ukraine Russian troops control
Meanwhile, the governor of Ukraine’s partly occupied southern Zaporizhzhia region, Yurii Malashko, said five people were wounded on Saturday in two missile strikes on the village of Matviivka, on the north-eastern outskirts of the regional capital, also called Zaporizhzhia.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, air defences shot down 30 out of 40 Iranian-made kamikaze drones aimed at the Odesa, Mykolaiv and Vinnytsia provinces overnight, the Ukrainian air force said.
Vinnytsia regional governor Serhii Borzov said air defences shot down 20 drones over his central Ukrainian region, but a ‘powerful fire’ broke out in the town of Kalynivka when a drone struck an unspecified infrastructure facility.
Romania’s Ministry of National Defence said on Saturday that ‘a possible unauthorised entry’ into its national air space occurred overnight amid the bombardment.
It said the radar surveillance system of the Romanian army detected the possible incursion into the national air space of the Nato member, with a signal detected towards the city of Galati, close to the border with Ukraine.
‘At this moment, no objects have been identified that fell from the air space on to the national territory,’ the statement read, adding that Nato allies were informed in real time and searches will continue.
Emergency authorities issued text message alerts overnight to residents living in the counties of Galati and Tulcea, after detecting what the defence ministry said was ‘groups of drones heading towards Ukrainian territory’ near the border.
In recent weeks, Romania has found drone fragments on its soil from the war next door at least three times as Russian forces carry out sustained attacks on Ukraine’s Danube ports.
Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday that it had shot down nine Ukrainian rockets fired at its southern Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine.
Local officials in Russia’s Bryansk region, also bordering Ukraine, reported disruptions to power supply following an unspecified attack on the town of Pogar.
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