Vladimir Putin announces partial mobilization of Russian citizens, warns West against ‘nuclear blackmail’

Vladimir Putin announces partial mobilization of Russian citizens, warns West against ‘nuclear blackmail’

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (21 September) ordered the first mobilization of Russian citizens since World War II. He warned the West: if it pursues what it calls that “nuclear blackmail”Moscow will respond with all the power in its arsenal.

His televised address, postponed last night for unknown reasons, marked the beginning of an escalation in the war that now seems to go beyond euphemism“military special operation”.

“When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we use all available means to protect our people – this is not a bluff”Putin said in his televised address to the nation after signing a decree on partial mobilization leading to a significant escalation of the conflict.

“Mobilization activities start today”Putin said, assuring the roughly 300,000 conscripts that they would enjoy salaries and social security like professional soldiers fighting in Ukraine.

Only citizens who have served in the armed forces and have military and combat experience are subject to conscription. They will undergo additional military training, but conscripts will not be sent to Ukraine.

The Russian President accused Ukraine of discussing its intention to acquire nuclear weapons and warned against it “Russia will use all means at its disposal. » However, he noted that the Russian army, which so far has only used conventional weapons, is struggling with the frontline stretching over 1,000 km.

according to him “The main objectives of the special military operation remain unchanged – the Luhansk People’s Republic will be completely liberated, and the Donetsk People’s Republic will be partially liberated. »

For some time, Mr Putin has scaled back the invasion’s original goal of overthrowing the Ukrainian government, which he blames “Neo-Nazi. »

Regarding the referenda on joining Russia in the two breakaway republics of Kherson and Zaporizhia, he said: ‘We asked Russia to support them’ and ‘we will do everything to ensure’ her smoothness.

Western leaders have said they will not recognize the results of referendums announced on September 23-27 in the occupied Ukrainian territories.

Vladimir Putin used his usual rhetoric to justify his position and the continuation of the so-called operation.

“The repressive regime throughout Ukraine has been escalated in the most brutal way. The policies of intimidation, terror and violence have taken on ever more horrifyingly barbaric forms. The Ukrainian people were turned into cannon fodder. We have no moral right to let the executioner rip our loved ones to pieces.”he explained.

Mr Putin said nothing about the atrocities and war crimes exposed by the Russian army’s withdrawal in recent days.

In addition to Ukraine, Mr Putin attacked the countries that isolated him on the international stage.

“The goal of the West is to weaken, divide and destroy our country. They said so directly in 1991 when they managed to partition the USSR, and now the time has come for the Russian Federation itself to break up into many warring regions.”he said and added “The West has given Kyiv direct instructions to break all agreements reached during negotiations with Russia. »

Russia has broken the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which guaranteed the territorial integrity of Ukraine and other former Soviet republics on condition that they give up nuclear missiles stationed on their soil.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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