Putin announces partial mobilization; 300,000 reservists will be sent to Ukraine.
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In a pre-recorded speech on Wednesday morning, the Russian President Vladimir Putin declared partial mobilization to support the war in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that around 300,000 reservists will be heading to Ukraine immediately to repel the very successful Ukrainian army. This is the first Russian military mobilization since World War two. The country has two million soldiers in reserve.
The partial mobilization is not surprising. The Ukrainian’s army recent success in capturing huge swathes of territory in a week, that took Russia months to capture, sowed panic in Russia military. This forced Russia to take ssift actions to try to hinder Ukrainian army’s movements. In response, Putin also announced a referendum in the Ukrainian regions currently occupied by Russian forces to decide on whether they want to be part of Russia. The referendums were announced on 20th September and will take place in Donetsk People’s Republic, Luhansk People’s Republic, as well as the administrations of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia Oblasts. These regions will release the results of the vote on 23rd September.
During his speech Putin said that they are fighting against the West and not just Ukraine. Putin also said that they have abundant modern weapons of mass destruction that they can use and that he is ‘not bluffing’.