Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader announced Monday that the start of partial military conscription. “nuclear blackmail”You are trying to “destroy” Russia.
Vladimir Putin has announced the beginning of conscription measures in Russia in response to growing difficulties the country is facing with the Ukraine war, a move that potentially represents a significant escalation of Moscow’s already bloody conflict.
This announcement was part of an unusual public address that the Russian president gave to citizens of Russia. He also accused Western powers for ultimately seeking to undermine his nation’s sovereignty. “destroy” Russia.
While disinformation in relation to the ongoing conflict is widespread, there now appears to be consensus at least that the invasion is not going as well for Russian forces as the Kremlin might have initially hoped. Russian authorities have recently announced new conscription rules to help make more soldiers available for conflict. This is likely in an effort to save Russia, which Russia has used as a metaphor. “special military operation”Ukraine
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Vladimir Putin stated in a speech on Wednesday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was only defensive, specifically to protect, “Russia’s Crimea” as well as the Donbas regions – which has a sizable population of ethnic Russians – from alleged aggressive measures taken by the Zelensky administration in Kyiv. In 2014, Putin took over and colonized Crimea.
Putin claimed that the Ukrainian government had organized a coup. “genocide” in the Donbas against people “who refused to recognise the government that was created in Ukraine”As a result, the Russian Head of State described it as “a Western-backed” “state coup”In 2014.
It “coup”Putin is also known as the Maidan Uprising in Ukraine, which was a protest wave that led to the deposed of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych. Russian officials repeatedly claimed that the current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zilensky was illegitimate due to the 2014 events, even though he was elected against Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent. International observers and dissidents in Ukraine have not questioned the legitimacy or validity of the 2019 elections, even those who opposed the Maidan 2014.
Putin also alleged that Moscow’s interests of securing the Donbas and Crimea were actually met with much understanding by Ukrainian officials in the wake of peace talks early on in the war, but that such peace talks were ultimately sabotaged by Western leaders, who Putin said urged Ukraine to keep fighting the conflict.
“In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has crossed every line,”Putin stated. “In Washington, London, Brussels, they are directly pushing Kyiv to transfer military operations to our territory. No longer hiding, they say that Russia should be defeated by all means on the battlefield, followed by the deprivation of political, economic, cultural, in general, any sovereignty, with the complete plunder of our country.”
Putin accused the West also of trying to threaten Russia. “nuclear blackmail,”He stated that his country would defend itself using any method necessary. Putin appeared to threaten the possible use of nuclear weapons himself, should Russia’s “territorial integrity”Not to be taken.
“I would like to remind those who make such statements regarding Russia that our country has different types of weapons as well, and some of them are more modern than the weapons NATO countries have,”He said.
“In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us,”Putin stated that he was not going to stop warning us about the possibility of retaliation. “not a bluff”.
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Argumenting that the Russian military is now fighting “the entire military machine of the collective West,”Putin claimed that he started the “partial mobilization”Russian Federation to aid the war effort.
According to Reuters this is the nation’s first new mobilization since World War II. However, Putin argued that conscription will only be implemented for military personnel.
“I repeat, we are talking specifically 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 certain military specialties and relevant experience,”He said this, before launching into the statement that each conscripted individual would. “receive the status, payments and all social guarantees of military personnel serving under a contract.”
The mobilisation will likely give Russia’s now floundering war effort in Ukraine a shot in the arm. Reuters reported the country’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that as many as 300,000 people could be conscripted for military service from Russia’s massive reserves of around 25 million people.
Putin also called on the status of volunteer soldiers, as well as troops from the Russian-allied self-declared Republics in eastern Ukraine, to be regularised and given the same legal status as the rest of Russia’s troops fighting in the region, as well as provided with the same “material, medical and social benefits.”
Ben Wallace is the UK’s Defence Secretary denounced Putin as having broken his own promise not to mobilize his country for the conflict, saying that the conscription order is in effect an “admission that [Putin’s] invasion is failing.”
“He and his Defence Minister have sent tens of thousands of their own citizens to their deaths, ill equipped and badly led,” Wallace remarked. “No amount of threats and propaganda can hide the fact that Ukraine is winning this war.”
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