11.1 C
New York
Monday, October 3, 2022

Buy now

spot_img

Putin orders partial Russian mobilisation, warns West over nuclear blackmail

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
WhatsApp

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

  • Putin announces partial mobilisation
  • Warns West over ‘nuclear blackmail’
  • ‘I am not bluffing’ – says Putin
  • Russia will use all means to defend itself
  • Russia moves to annex swathes of Ukrainian territory

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two, warning that Moscow would respond with the might of all its vast arsenal if the West continued with what he called its “nuclear blackmail.”

The blunt warning from Russia’s paramount leader, whose country has more nuclear warheads than even the United States, marks the biggest escalation of the war in Ukraine since Moscow’s Feb. 24 invasion.

“If 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 a televised address to the nation.

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Putin accused the West of plotting to destroy Russia and gave his explicit support to referendums that will be held in swathes of Ukraine controlled by Russian troops, the first step to formal annexation of a chunk of Ukraine the size of Hungary.

The war, which has triggered the worst confrontation with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, has killed tens of thousands and sent an inflationary wave crashing through the global economy.

Putin said he had signed a decree on a partial mobilisation. The mobilisation, which affects anyone who has served as a professional soldier in Russia rather than a conscript, begins immediately.

Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defence minister, said separately he expected 300,000 people to be called up.

After pro-Russian officials in four areas of Ukraine controlled by Russian soldiers asked for referendums on joining Russia a day earlier, Putin said Moscow did not have the moral right to give them up to “executioners”

Russia, Putin said, would support the decisions of the people of the Donbas and the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine. That paves the way for the formal annexation of about 15% of Ukrainian territory.

Putin said his aim was to “liberate” east Ukraine’s Donbas region, and that most people living in regions under Russian control did not want to be ruled by Kyiv anymore.

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Andrew Osborn

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
WhatsApp

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

0FansLike
3,507FollowersFollow
0SubscribersSubscribe
- Advertisement -spot_img

Latest Articles