Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists and threatened to deploy nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine.
In a pre-recorded address broadcast on state television on Wednesday, September 21, Putin said he was calling up reservists to help Russia in the war against Ukraine, but did not implement a general conscription campaign. for the moment. He added that, initially, trained and experienced reservists would be called upon to enlist.
Putin’s strategy allows him to avoid explosive political criticism from Moscow’s wealthiest families who will have to send children without military experience to fight on the front lines.
Making statements about NATO’s nuclear threats against Russia and claiming to be at war with the West, which is trying to ‘weaken, divide and destroy’ Russia, Putin boasted of the superiority of arms Moscow nuclear.
“To defend Russia and our people, we will undoubtedly use all the resources at our disposal,” Putin said.
“It’s not a bluff.” I added
Putin also said Russia would “do everything to provide a safe environment” for Kremlin-installed governments in four Ukrainian regions that pledged on Tuesday to hold referendums this week to join the Russian Federation.
Putin also announced that volunteers currently fighting for Russia in its war in Ukraine would be granted the same legal status as regular military personnel. He said those who are mobilized to fight in the war against Ukraine will be paid and given the status of military personnel serving under the contract.
He accused top NATO officials of making statements about “the possibility and admissibility of using weapons of mass destruction against Russia – nuclear weapons.”
“To those who allow themselves such statements about Russia, I would like to remind that our country also has various means of destruction, and in some components more modern than those of NATO countries.”
On Tuesday, Russia’s proxy states in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Lugansk (LPR), Donetsk (DPR), Kherson and Zaporizhia said they would soon hold referenda on their recognition as part of of Russia.
Ukraine, the United States, the EU and other Western allies have said they will not recognize the results of these sham referendums.
Stung by a successful Ukrainian counter-offensive in recent weeks, state television has been pushing Putin to go harder against Ukraine.
Russia’s recognition of part of Ukraine as its own territory would pave the way for such a military escalation, ranging from an all-out assault on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure to the use of nuclear weapons.
The Ukrainian government insists that Putin’s threats will not deter his forces from their big push to dislodge Russian troops from eastern and southern Ukraine.
Speaking immediately after Putin, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the partial mobilization will deploy an additional 300,000 troops, who have military experience and specialized training. This will not affect currently enlisted students and soldiers. He added that Russia had 25 million men with military experience, saying the current partial mobilization covers only around 1% of that number.
“We are not just fighting with Ukraine, but with the collective West,” Shoigu said. He added that 5,937 Russians had been killed in the war so far. This number is far below the country’s estimated losses, and the Ukrainians say they have “killed” more than 50,000 Russian servicemen. Shoigu claimed that the Russians had killed 61,207 Ukrainian soldiers and wounded 49,368.
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