According to the Associated Press, as the war between Ukraine and Russia enters its seventh month, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a partial mobilization across the country, with Moscow losing ground on the battlefield.
His address to the public comes a day after Russian-controlled regions in Ukraine announced preparations to hold referendums on joining Russia. The Kremlin-backed plans to take over four districts could make it easier for Moscow to make the situation worse.
Putin stated that he has already signed an order authorizing the partial mobilization, which will begin on Wednesday. He emphasized that Americans who are now in reserve will be drafted, whereas those who have served in the armed forces have specific military expertise and necessary experience.
He also cautioned the West that Russia’s employment of all means to defend its borders is “not a bluff.” Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, said that the West was trying to “blackmail” Russia with nuclear weapons, citing “statements by some high-ranking members of the key NATO states about the possibility of using nuclear weapons of mass destruction against Russia.”
“I would want to remind those countries that make such accusations about Russia that our country also has many methods of destruction. And we will absolutely use all available means to safeguard Russia and our people, “Putin issued a warning. The referendums, which have been planned since the start of the war, will start on Friday in the areas of Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhia, and Donetsk that are partly controlled by Russia.
He stated that the decision was made to safeguard Russia, its people, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Meanwhile, Russia’s Defense Minister announced that 300,000 reserves would be called up for partial mobilization. According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 reservists will be mobilized under Putin’s directive, albeit not all will be called up at once. According to Bloomberg, the order only applies to people with military experience and would not affect students or anyone who has never served in the army.
The 300,000 troops would be more than the 180,000 troops that the US claimed Russia had massed along Ukraine’s borders prior to the February 24 assault.
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