Wednesday 21 September 2022

Putin Announces Partial Mobilisation, Threatens Use Of Nuclear Weapons

 Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of reservists Wednesday, taking a risky and deeply unpopular step that follows humiliating setbacks for his troops nearly seven months after invading Ukraine.

This will be Russia's first mobilisation since WWII. Putin's mobilisation comes as Russia battles a Ukrainian counter-offensive forcing her troops to retreat and surrender some occupied territories.

The move also sent Russians scrambling to buy plane tickets out of the country and reportedly sparked some demonstrations

300,000 reservists will be called up for this Operation, according to the Russia MoD.

In such a situation, I consider it necessary to make the following decision, which is fully appropriate to threats we face. Namely, in order to protect our motherland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to ensure the safety of our people and people in the liberated territories, I consider it necessary to support the proposal of the defence ministry and the General Staff to conduct a partial (military) mobilisation in the Russian Federation.

We are talking about partial mobilisation. That is, only citizens who are currently in the reserves and, above all, those who have served in the armed forces, have military skills and relevant experience. Only they will be subject to conscription. 

Today our armed forces are operating across a front line that exceeds 1,000 km, opposing not only neo-Nazi formations but the entire military machine of the collective West.

NATO is conducting reconnaissance across the south of Russia. Washington, London and Brussels are directly pushing Kyiv to move military action to our country. They are openly saying that Russia should be defeated on the battlefield by any means.

“Nuclear blackmail has also been used. We are talking not only about the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant – encouraged by the West – which threatens to cause a nuclear catastrophe but also about statements from senior representatives of NATO countries about the possibility and permissibility of using weapons of mass destruction against Russia: nuclear weapons.

I would like to remind those who make such statements about Russia that our country also possesses various means of mass destruction, and in some cases, they are more modern than those of NATO countries. When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we, of course, will use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people.

This is not a bluff. And those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the wind can also blow in their direction.”

Citizens of Russia can be convinced that our territorial independence and freedom will be secured, and I emphasize this one more time, with all means that we have at our disposal.

Parliaments in the People’s Republics of the Donbass as well as the civil-military administrations in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions have decided to hold referendums on the future of the territories and have appealed to Russia to support such a step. We will do everything to ensure safe conditions to hold the referendums so that people can express their will.

We will support the decision on their future, which will be made by the majority of residents in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.”

In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has crossed every line. We constantly hear threats against our country and our people.

The purpose of this is to weaken, divide and ultimately destroy our country. They are already saying that in 1991 they were able to break up the Soviet Union, and now the time has come for Russia itself that it should disintegrate. And they have been planning it for a long time.

The West is not interested in a peaceful solution and making compromises; they just want to break all negotiations.


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