Russian officials acknowledge mobilization „irregularities” | Baltic Pipe to officially launch today | Voting for Gdańsk Civic Budget begins | Last chance to extend free travel for students | World Volleyball championships at Ergo Arena this week

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Russian officials have admitted to problems with mobilization as protests continue across Russia and thousands of draft-eligible Russians attempt to flee the country.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov admitted to mobilization „irregularities” in comments on Monday, the same day reports emerged of violence and arson at some recruitment centers. At one draft office in Siberia, a recruitment officer was shot and seriously wounded by a man „apparently distraught over the mobilization,” according to reports published in the New York Times.

The UK Ministry of Defense reported on Monday that „the initial tranches of men called up under Russia’s partial mobilization have started arriving at military bases.”

According to British analysts, „the lack of military trainers, and the haste with which Russia has started the mobilization, suggests that many of the drafted troops will deploy to the front line with minimal relevant preparation. They are likely to suffer a high attrition rate.”

Figures released yesterday by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claim Russia’s troop body count in Ukraine has reached 57,200, with 500 servicemen killed over the past 24 hours.

Source: Radio Poland, nytimes.com

President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki are expected to attend today’s launch of the undersea Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, which aims to connect Poland with Norwegian gas fields via Denmark.

The opening ceremony will also be attended by the Prime Minister of Denmark along with Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy and the European Commission’s Director General for Energy.

The Baltic Pipe project, which is part of Poland’s efforts to diversify gas supplies and limit energy dependence on Russia, is due to start operating on October 1, according to officials. It is ultimately expected to have the capacity to annually carry 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Norway to Poland via Denmark.

The new pipeline was expected to reach full capacity at the start of 2023, but work has been „progressing so well” according to Danish operator Energinet, that full capacity may be reached by the end of November 2022.

The accelerated development could potentially double planned gas imports in Q4.

Source: Radio Poland, PAP, Notes from Poland

Voting for the 2023 Civic Budget (Budżet Obywatelski) is underway for Gdańsk residents, with over PLN 22 million up for allocation.

Gdańsk residents will be asked to choose from over 300 projects in the fields of health, sport and recreation, education, safety, and road and transit infrastructure.

Of the over PLN 22 million in this year’s Civic Budget, almost PLN 18 million will be allocated to district projects, and over PLN 4 million to city-wide projects. The proposed funding also includes nearly PLN 5 million for projects in the Green Civic Budget.

All residents of Gdańsk, including permanent or temporary residents, those registered to vote in Gdańsk, or those possessing a valid Resident Card, are eligible to vote, regardless of their age. Voting started Monday, September 26 at midnight and will be open until October 10 on the city website >>>HERE. Results will be announced by October 14, 2022.

Source: Radio Gdańsk, gdansk.pl

Gdańsk authorities are reminding parents and older students to extend the resident card package to take advantage of free transit to school on trams and buses in Gdańsk.

Students and parents have until September 30 to submit a request to extend the free travel package for the upcoming school year.

Applications to extend the resident package can be made online >>>HERE or in person by appointment. Those applying in person should bring a valid 2022/2023 school ID and a recent photo of the child.

Free transport in Gdańsk is available for students up to 24 years of age.

Source: Radio Gdańsk, gdansk.pl

Matches for the FIVB Women’s World Volleyball Championships are set to begin today at Ergo Arena in Gdańsk.

The Group B matches begin at 2 a.m. with Turkey facing off against South Korea, followed by Dominican Republic vs. Croatia at 5:30 and Poland versus Thailand tonight at 8:30. Phase 1 matches for Poland and the other members of Group B will continue at Ergo Arena through October 1, before moving to Łódź next week.

The 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships, co-hosted by Poland and the Netherlands, will continue until October 15.

Source: Radio Gdańsk, volleyballworld.com

Weather

Today will be mostly cloudy and cool, with a good chance of rain in the late afternoon and a strong breeze coming in from the southeast. Temperatures will reach a high of 16°C, or 61°F this afternoon, dropping to a low of 9°C or 49°F overnight. Similar cool, cloudy weather is expected tomorrow, with a chance for some sunshine later in the week.

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