Putin announces partial mobilization in Russia | TBEN | 21.09.2022

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has signed a decree on partial mobilization from Wednesday.

Putin said in a televised speech on Wednesday that his goal was to “liberate” Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

He said he was defending the Russian territories and that the people in the region did not want to return to what he called the “yoke” of Ukraine.

The Russian leader stressed that he “undertook a partial mobilization, that is, only civilians currently in the reserve are conscripted, and especially those who have served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience.”

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 300,000 reservists will be called up for partial mobilization.

Putin’s speech comes a day after Russia-controlled regions in eastern and southern Ukraine announced referendums on joining Russia.

The referendums, which will be held between September 23 and 27 in the provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya, will represent about 15% of Ukraine’s territory, or an area about the size of Hungary.

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Putin says he defends Russia

Putin accused the West of “nuclear blackmail,” noting “statements by some senior representatives of leading NATO states about the possibility of using nuclear weapons for mass destruction against Russia.”

He said those who have made such statements should know that “our country also has various means of destruction” and “when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, in order to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all means available to our available.”

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“This is not a bluff,” Putin added.

He also said the West aims to “weaken, divide and ultimately destroy our country”.

rm/kb (Reuters, TBEN)

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