Putin announced partial mobilization, starting today, in Russia – “I’m not bluffing about nuclear weapons”

Putin announced partial mobilization, starting today, in Russia – “I’m not bluffing about nuclear weapons”
Putin announced partial mobilization, starting today, in Russia – “I’m not bluffing about nuclear weapons”

An order for partial mobilization, which begins today, was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he announced earlier in his speech to the Russian military, for the first time since he sent troops to Ukraine in February.

Putin has stated that his goal is to “liberate” the Donbas in eastern Ukraine. He also noted that most residents of the region do not wish to remain under the “yoke” of Ukraine, claiming that the West wants to destroy his country and has tried to turn the Ukrainian people into cannon fodder.

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In his televised address, Putin said that partial mobilization would begin today and that it was necessary to make an urgent decision “to protect our people in the liberated territories. That is why I approved the Ministry of Defense’s recommendation for a ‘partial conscription’. As the Russian president said, the relevant decree has already been signed.

Putin threatens the West: “I’m not bluffing with nuclear weapons”

Putin said Russian forces are facing the military operations of the… collective West on a front of more than 1,000 kilometers in Ukraine and those in reserve will be called to arms.

He also said that Russia will fully support the referendums announced in the self-proclaimed “People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk”, as well as in the occupied regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia, for their accession to the Russian Federation.

The Russian president also accused the West of starting a war against Russia in Ukraine in 2014.

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“In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has gone beyond all limits,” he said, accusing the West of planning to destroy Russia and resorting to nuclear blackmail.

Putin pointed out that Russia has “many weapons to answer” the threats – as he called them – of the West, stressing: “I’m not bluffing.”

“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to defend Russia and our people we will use all the means at our disposal. This is not a bluff.

The territorial integrity of our homeland, our independence and freedom will be secured, I repeat, by all the means at our disposal.

Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the prevailing winds may turn in their direction,” he said.

He also called for increased funding to boost arms production in Russia.

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Who is Putin calling to arms – 300,000 people, Shoigu says

Putin has said he is calling up reservists to contribute to Russia’s war in Ukraine, but that he will not impose general conscription for now.

He added that in the first phase reservists with training and experience will be called to serve on the fronts.

For his part, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu clarified that the partial conscription will concern those who have military experience, i.e. about 300,000 people.

Tightening of military service legislation in Russia

Vladimir Putin’s announcements about the partial conscription come after moves in the State Duma yesterday to amend legislation on military service in Russia, with tougher punishments for breaching military duty such as desertion and refusing to obey orders, according to the Russian state news agency TASS.

The bill imposes a prison term of up to 15 years for resistance related to military service or coercion for disobeying an official military order, involving violence or the threat thereof, during periods of conscription or martial law.

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Deputies and senators of the State Duma have also prepared amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, proposing the imputation of liability with up to five years in prison for the destruction or damage of weapons and military equipment through negligence during the war, as reported by the State RIA Novosti news agency.

While Putin’s announcement does not refer to full conscription, as some had predicted, it marks a major move in the war and gives Russia broad powers to conscript its own citizens with prior military experience.

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