Situation report day 212
September 23, 2022 - Voting has begun in so-called “referendums” in the Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, as Moscow pushes ahead with an apparent bid to annex territory.
Voting in the four regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia provinces, representing about 15% of Ukrainian territory, is due to run from Sep 23 to Sep 27.
Meanwhile, queues have formed at border crossings since president Putin announced a partial military mobilisation on Wednesday, which could see 300,000 people summoned to fight.
According to the thinktank the Institute for the Study of War, Russian authorities have already begun breaking their commitments to restrict conscription to men with military experience, and not to draft Russian students.
Footage out of Russia shows military police pulling students from lessons, reportedly for mobilisation, ISW reports. In Moscow, hundreds gathered to protest after Putin announced the mobilisation. Police officers reportedly began giving draft notices to all those they detained.