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Putin announces partial military mobilization for Russian citizens

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said he’s signed a decree on a “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens from Wednesday and vowed to utilize “all of the means at our disposal” to safeguard Russia, nearly seven months into his invasion of Ukraine.

The most recent: Putin’s veiled nuclear threat was “dangerous and reckless” but additionally not new, “as he’s got done it often before,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said within an interview with Reuters Wednesday.

  • “He knows perfectly a nuclear war shouldn’t be fought and can’t be won and it’ll have unprecedented consequences for Russia,” Stoltenberg added.
  • “And for that reason, NATO in addition has increased its military presence, especially in the eastern portion of the alliance to eliminate any room for miscalculation and misunderstanding in Moscow.”

Details: “Only citizens that are currently in the reserve will undoubtedly be at the mercy of conscription and, most importantly, those that served in the military have a particular military specialty and relevant experience,” Putin said in a televised address Wednesday where he railed contrary to the West, per an AP translation.

What he’s saying: Putin accused Western nations of “nuclear blackmail” and claimed “high-ranking representatives of the best NATO states” had spoken “concerning the chance for using nuclear weapons of mass destruction” against Russia.

  • “To those that allow themselves such statements regarding Russia, I would like to remind you our country also offers various method of destruction,” Putin said.
  • “And for separate components and much more modern than those of NATO countries so when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to safeguard Russia and our people, we shall certainly use all of the means at our disposal,” he added. “It isn’t a bluff.”

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, said on social media marketing Wednesday that Putin “really wants to throw more men in to the flames of the war he’s got no potential for wining.”

  • “Putin shows utter disrespect to China, India, Mexico, Turkey, other Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Latin American nations that have needed diplomacy and a finish to Russias war on Ukraine,” Kuleba added.

What things to watch: Putin’s comments come before President Biden’s speech to the US General Assembly on Wednesday where he’ll “provide a firm rebuke of Russia’s unjust war in Ukraine,” in accordance with White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

  • Biden may also “create a call to the planet to keep to stand contrary to the naked aggression that we’ve seen these past almost a year,” Sullivan said at a briefing on Tuesday.

The picture as a whole: Russia’s military has faced several significant losses in Ukraine since Ukrainian forces launched a counteroffensive earlier this month.

  • The Kremlin on Tuesday paved just how for referendums in Russian-controlled separatist territories which have been widely condemned by world leaders and may result in the annexation of nearly 15% of Ukraine.
  • Voting arrives happen in occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia on the weekend and the outcomes are anticipated to be fixed and only joining Russia.

Go deeper … Biden: Putin using nuclear weapons would see “consequential U.S. response

Editor’s note: This short article has been updated with new details throughout.

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