Russia’s Vladimir Putin announces partial military mobilization

Russia’s Vladimir Putin announces partial military mobilization
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On Wednesday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of Russia’s armed forces, signing an order that will send Russians who have completed military training to Ukraine, stopping short of a full-scale draft.

In a televised address to the nation, Putin stated that only individuals who are presently enrolled in the reserve, as well as those who have previously served in the army, as well as those with specific occupations and the required experience, will be called up for military service.

The declaration came the day after certain regions of Ukraine under Russian control revealed plans for referendums on joining Russia. The planned sequence of events brought to mind Vladimir Putin’s announcement in February that tens of thousands of troops would be sent into Ukraine.

Putin’s announcement on Wednesday also came at a time when his nation was having trouble restocking its fighting force in Ukraine and was experiencing defeats on the battlefield as the Ukrainian counteroffensive was gaining momentum.

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Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated during a separate television interview that Russia will promptly call up 300,000 reservists to “hold the line at the front” in Ukraine.

Putin claimed in his speech that a bigger force was required because Ukraine continued to get powerful weapons from a “collective West” whose goal it was to “weaken, isolate, and destroy Russia.”

In addition, the Russian leader claimed that Russia had a moral duty to defend citizens in parts of Ukraine that were partially under its control when this week’s “referendums” on joining the Russian Federation were being held.

On Wednesday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of Russia’s armed forces, signing an order that will send Russians who have completed military training to Ukraine, stopping short of a full-scale draft.

In a televised address to the nation, Putin stated that only individuals who are presently enrolled in the reserve, as well as those who have previously served in the army, as well as those with specific occupations and the required experience, will be called up for military service.

Putin’s announcement on Wednesday also came at a time when his nation was having trouble restocking its fighting force in Ukraine and was experiencing defeats on the battlefield as the Ukrainian counteroffensive was gaining momentum.

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