Although most Americans have now moved on to the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin just sent a chilling warning to draw their attention as well as that of NATO leaders, who are continuing to support Kyiv by providing arms and ammunition.
In a speech to Russians, but also to the global audience, Putin declared that after an offensive by Ukraine to seize lost ground with weapons mostly provided by the United States he would redouble his efforts to peacefully resolve his neighbour.
Putin declared a “partial mobilization”He also warned that there could be 300,000.000 additional troops and said that he was ready to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
The Russian President charged the West in a recorded message. “wants to destroy our country,”The NATO members had attempted to “turn Ukraine’s people into cannon fodder,”CNBC.
Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the threat of a nuclear response and ordered Russian reservists to mobilize in a major escalation of the war in Ukraine https://t.co/Tv8fFl120j
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 21, 2022
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Putin stated “mobilization events” would begin Wednesday without providing further details, aside from saying he had ordered an increase in funding to boost Russia’s weapons production, having committed (and lost) a large amount of weaponry during the conflict, which began in late February.
While partial mobilization seems elusive, it may mean that Russian companies and citizens will need to give more support to the war effort. Russia is not declaring war against Ukraine even though it invaded the country in February. It calls this invasion an “invasion”. “special military operation.”
Putin said that the military reserve would be called into active service but denied that there was a larger conscription for Russians of fighting age.
“I reiterate, we are talking about partial mobilization, that is, only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription, and above all, those who served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience,”He spoke according to an Associated Press translation.
“Conscripts will obligatorily go through additional military training based on the experience of the special military operation before departing to the units,”He concluded.
Western military officials and experts took Putin’s message as an escalatory address aimed at NATO members especially, who he accused of engaging in nuclear blackmail against Russia. He noted also that Russia had a history of terrorism. “lots of weapons to reply”To what he described as threats from West, and that he was not lying.
“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,”CNBC has been added.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry called on all parties to find some way to express their security concerns through dialogue, while British Foreign Office Minister Gillian Keegan told Sky News that Putin’s statement shouldn’t be taken with a grain of salt.
“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,”Sie said.
Forward Observer is a private intelligence agency that employs analysts to monitor the environment. “Russian proxy governments in occupied territories in Ukraine announced they will hold referendums to seek formal annexation by Russia” — a development that is roundly opposed by Ukraine.
The international community has largely denounced the referendums as an illegal land grab violating Ukraine’s constitution and international law, with the EU promising to hold those involved accountable and implement additional restrictive measures. The announcement of the referendum by the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelinsky was deemed unacceptable. He promised to continue efforts to free the territory. “sham” that proves Putin’s “fear of defeat.”The referendum voting will begin Friday.
In an analyst comment accompanying the report, Forward Observer noted: “Ukrainian focus are likely to use claims of a successful referendum to increase counterattacks and possibly launch a new assault on the sovereignty of the Russian Federation. Russia may also make use of this in order to call Ukraine’s continued material support an act of war, and to attempt to stop NATO from escalating to the point of global conflict.
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