First entry: Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 09:16
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (September 21) declared partial conscription in Russia, citing threats from the West.
According to the state news agency TASS, the new development comes with the goal of liberating Donbass, as Vladimir Putin said the West intends to destroy Russia and that it tried to turn the people of Ukraine into cannon fodder.
In a taped message, the Russian president said: “Citizens of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia and other regions are free from the Nazi regime.”
“We will talk about steps to protect our sovereignty, support the will and desire of our citizens to decide their own will,” Putin clarified about the upcoming referendums in the four Russian-held regions of Ukraine.
The Russian president noted that Western countries are trying to “block” any independence and development.
“To impose their will in a brutal way on other people. The West’s goal is still to weaken and destroy, they say so openly,” Putin stressed.
“Our main goal is to liberate the people of Donbass”
“Our main goal for the liberation of the people of Donbass remains unchanged,” the Russian president also emphasized.
Referring to the partial conscription decision, which comes into effect today, he said it only affects those registered as reservists. Addressing those who enlist, he assured them that “they will be given all the privileges that all those who are already in service have”.
At the same time, he declared that he “supports” the decision of the residents of regions controlled by Russia in Ukraine to proceed to referendums as announced on Tuesday in Lugansk and Zaporizhia.
Partial recruitment will begin today, he clarified. “I will emphasize that Russian citizens called up as part of the conscription will have all the privileges of those who serve under contract,” he stressed.
Finally, the Russian president reminded the West that Russia has modern weapons of mass destruction, saying: “I’m not bluffing.”