Desperate Putin scrambles to bolster troops in occupied regions

Russian officers meeting is interrupted by HIMARS strike

Vladimir Putin has made a desperate move in a bid to bolster his forces in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine.

Autumn conscription is set to commence from October 1 across all constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

This will include previously untouched regions, Rear Admiral Vladimir Tsimlyansky, Deputy Chief of the Main Organisational and Mobilisation Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, revealed during a press briefing.

Conscripts will then begin to depart for the frontlines from October 16, with the standard term of conscription military service remaining at 12 months, as stressed by Tsimlyansky.

The unprecedented move comes as a result of the federal constitutional law on admission to the Russian Federation, which mandates the conscription of Russians living in new regions starting from 2023.

Notably, these regions were exempt from conscription last year and during the spring of 2023.

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UK MoD says hundreds of ex-Wagner troops back in Ukraine

The latest update from the British Ministry of Defence:

Finland starts round-the-clock border checks

Finland has implemented continuous border checks to enforce sanctions against Russia, specifically focusing on preventing Russian vehicles from entering its territory through six cross-border roads from Norway. Norwegian and Finnish customs officials have confirmed the deployment of extra resources to stop cars with Russian license plates from crossing the border.

It comes in response to Näätamö, a town in northern Finland, gaining popularity as an entry point for Russians travelling through northeast Norway.

Despite the EU’s efforts to ban Russian-registered cars, some still manage to enter the bloc through the northernmost border crossing in Storskog.

Putin sells Italian Bank group in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the sale or transfer of all shares of Banca Intesa JSC, a Russian subsidiary of the Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo.

The decision allows for changes in ownership rights.

Intesa Sanpaolo owns 100 percent of Banca Intesa’s shares. Last month, Intesa Sanpaolo tried to reduce its Moscow office but faced hurdles due to restrictions on asset sales in Russia.

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