Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial military mobilization in Russia during a pre-recorded speech on Wednesday.
Putin stated that the mobilization will begin immediately. Only reservists will be called up, with a focus on those with experience, said Putin.
President Putin added that militants in the Luhansk and Donbass Peoples Republics will be considered as soldiers of the Russian Federation going forward.
“Those who are trying to blackmail us with Nuclear weapons should know that the wind can turn in their direction,” warned the Russian president, adding that Russia will use “all available means.”
Putin claimed that the West is trying to “weaken and destroy Russia,” adding that “When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. This is not a bluff.”
“After the Kyiv regime publicly renounced a peaceful solution to the Donbass problem and announced its claims to nuclear weapons, it became clear that a new offensive was inevitable. And then there would be an attack on the Crimea – on Russia,” said the Russian president.
Putin stressed that Russia would “support the decision of the residents of” Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donbass and Luhansk, referencing a referendum expected to be held to annex the Ukrainian regions to Russia.
“We cannot, we have no moral right to hand over people close to us to be torn to pieces by executioners, we cannot but respond to their sincere desire to determine their own fate, the parliaments of the People’s Republics of Donbass, as well as the military-civilian administrations of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, decided to hold referendums on the future of these territories and turned to us, to Russia, with a request to support such a step,” said Putin.