Putin announces partial military mobilization, drafting reservists into immediate action and escalating Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a ceremony to receive credentials from foreign ambassadors to Russia at the Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on September 20, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the partial mobilization of his country’s reservists.
According to Russian officials, 300,000 reservists will be drafted immediately.
Putin said the move is meant to “defend the motherland” and protect Russia’s sovereignty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for the “partial mobilization” of the country’s military reservists to “defend the motherland, its sovereignty, and territorial integrity, the security of our people.”

In a televised address on Wednesday morning, Putin said the mobilization would begin immediately and that those called up would be granted the same status as regulars in the armed forces, the BBC reported. Putin also accused the West of trying to blackmail Russia and vowed to “use all resources we have to defend our people.”

“The territorial integrity of our motherland, our independence, and freedom will be secured, I repeat with all the means we have,” Putin said, per the BBC.

“Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the prevailing winds can turn in their direction,” Putin added.

The mobilization will see 300,000 reservists drafted, The Washington Post reported, citing officials. Conscripts and students will not be called up and will affect only those with combat experience, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Pro-Russian separatist officials in four occupied regions in eastern and southern Ukraine announced on Tuesday that they would hold referendums on joining Russia within the next few days. Ukrainian officials in response slammed the referendum as a “sham” and said it won’t change anything. 

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Source:: Businessinsider

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