News from August 22
- As Russia’s initial invasion of Ukraine will reach the six-month mark on Wednesday, Crimea is expected to become a new powder keg.
- In the face of significant losses in the conflict, authorities have launched a recruitment drive for the Russian army. On social media, on TV and on billboards, men are being urged to sign short-term contracts with the military to fight in Ukraine.
- As the war reaches the six-month mark on Aug. 24, the refugee crisis has changed dramatically and much of the early support has vanished. The number of Ukrainians leaving their country has fallen sharply and there’s no longer a global sense of urgency.
- Aug. 24 marks the day when Ukraine’s parliament vowed to separate from the Soviet Union in 1991. The date this year will also mark six months since the war began. Instead of the Soviet-style events — a ritual that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had called wasteful — Ukraine’s military is lining the route with the burned-out husks of Russian military equipment.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of launching an attack on Ukraine for “completely absurd” reasons. “NATO was never a threat to Russia,” he said on Sunday in Berlin.
- Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia may be planning to carry out “particularly nasty and cruel” attacks on its neighbour to coincide with the six-month mark of the invasion. He said Russia’s aim was to “sow despondency, fear and conflict” among Ukrainians.