Putin announces partial military mobilisation in Russia to defend national sovereignty, 300,000 people to be recruited from reserve (Updated: 3.30pm)

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21st September 2022 – (Hong Kong) Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a national televised speech on Wednesday (21st), announcing a partial military mobilisation in Russia, which is a necessary action to defend Russia’s sovereignty, criticising the West for wanting to destroy Russia and turning Ukrainians into cannon fodder. Moscow’s goal is to liberate Donbass in eastern Ukraine.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 people will be recruited from the reserve.

According to CNBC, Putin said “mobilisation events” would begin Wednesday without providing many further details, aside from saying that he had ordered an increase in funding to boost Russia’s weapons production.

A partial mobilisation is a hazy concept, but it could mean that Russian businesses and citizens have to contribute more to the war effort. Russia has not yet declared war on Ukraine, despite having invaded it in February, and it calls its invasion a “special military operation.”

In what was immediately greeted as an escalatory address, Putin also accused the West of engaging in nuclear blackmail against Russia and warned again that the country had “lots of weapons to reply” to what he said were Western threats — adding that he was not bluffing.

Putin has alluded to Russia’s nuclear weaponry at various points during the conflict with Ukraine but there are doubts over whether Moscow would actually resort to deploying such a weapon, with analysts saying it could be tantamount to starting a third world war.

British Foreign Office Minister Gillian Keegan told Sky News immediately after the speech that Putin’s comments should not be taken lightly.

“Clearly it’s something that we should take very seriously because, you know, we’re not in control — I’m not sure he’s in control either, really. This is obviously an escalation,” she said.

The stretched-out frontline, the constant shelling of Russian borderline areas by the Ukrainian military and attacks on liberated regions required the call-up of servicemen from the reserve, Putin explained.

TASS has put together the highlights of Putin’s address broadcast live by Russian TV Channels.

Partial mobilisation

The combat engagement line now stretches over 1,000 km in the special military operation in Ukraine while terrorist strikes from Western weapons are already being delivered against Russian borderline areas. “NATO is conducting reconnaissance actually across the entire south of Russia in real time, using advanced systems, aircraft and ships, satellites and strategic drones.”

Nuclear blackmail has also begun to be used: “This involves not only the West-encouraged bombardments of the Zaporozhye NPP, which may trigger a nuclear disaster, but also the pronouncements by representatives of leading NATO countries about the possibility and the admissibility of using weapons of mass destruction against Russia.”

As proposed by the Russian General Staff and the Defense Ministry, Russia will call a partial mobilisation and these measures will begin already on 21st September.

Russia will call up reservists, primarily those who served in the army. Mobilized citizens will undergo required training and enjoy the same guarantees that are given to contract-enlisted personnel. The Russian government and the Defense Ministry will equate Donbass volunteer formations to Russian servicemen in their status.

The Russian authorities will also immediately resolve all the issues related to the provision of defense industry enterprises with necessary supplies and financial resources.

Special military operation as a required measure

“After the current Kyiv regime publicly rejected the peaceful solution to the Donbass problem and, what’s more, announced its claims on nuclear weapons, it became absolutely clear that a new large-scale offensive on Donbass, as was the case twice in the past, was inevitable. After that, an attack on the Russian Crimea, on Russia would have followed.”

The peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ukraine that continued from 2014 did not suit the West and that is why the compromises reached at the Istanbul talks were rejected and the accords were disrupted “actually under a direct instruction from Western countries.”

The Donbass republics and the liberated Ukrainian regions turned to Russia with a request to support the referendums and Moscow will do its utmost to ensure security and safety for residents of those territories to make their choice. “We will support the decision on their future that a majority of the residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions will make.”

The Lugansk People’s Republic “has already been practically fully liberated from Neo-Nazis.” The battles in the Donetsk People’s Republic are continuing and “there the Kiev occupational regime has created a deeply layered line of long-term fortifications over eight years.”

West’s threats are inadmissible

There have been statements in Western countries about the need of the disintegration of the Russian Federation, as was the case with the USSR in 1991, “into an array of fatally warring regions and areas.” Russia has always stopped those who sought world supremacy and will do this again now.

Russia will also take urgent steps to preserve its independence. “Those who are attempting to blackmail us with nuclear weapons must be aware that the prevailing winds may also turn towards their side.”

“Russian citizens must be confident: the territorial integrity of our Motherland, our independence and freedom will be ensured. Let me stress it again: this will be ensured by all of our available means”.

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