President Putin Announces Partial MOBILIZATION of the Nation and THREATENS NUCLEAR RETALIATION AGAINST UKRAINE and the WEST and Says, ‘I am not bluffing’
Vladimir Putin has announced a partial mobilisation in Russia in a significant escalation that places the country’s people and economy on a wartime footing.
The president also threatened nuclear retaliation, saying that Russia had “lots of weapons to reply” to what he called western threats on Russian territory and added that he was not bluffing.
In a highly anticipated televised address, Putin said the “partial mobilisation” was a direct response to the dangers posed by the west, which “wants to destroy our country”, and claimed the west had tried to “turn Ukraine’s people into cannon fodder”.
“Military service will apply only to citizens who are currently in the reserve, especially those who have served in the armed forces, have certain military professions and relevant experience,” he said.
Shortly after Putin’s announcement, the country’s defence ministry, Sergei Shoigu had this to say. Shoigu said 300,000 Russians would be called up as part of the mobilisation that will apply to “those with previous military experience.”
Source: the Guardian, Pjotr Sauer