Putin announced that he will reinforce Russia’s troops in Ukraine and threatened the West with using nuclear weapons

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 10:15 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of Russian reservists to reinforce troops in the invasion of Ukraine, warning that they have “weapons of mass destruction much more modern than those of NATO” and that if there are “threats” to their integrity will use “all means” to protect citizens, in a defiant message to the West.

Putin made these warnings in a televised message with a veiled reference to Russia’s nuclear capability after criticizing NATO countries for supplying weapons to Ukraine, after almost seven months of war and in the face of the latest losses of Kremlin forces. on the battlefield.

Putin’s announcement coincides with the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine was the subject of widespread international criticism.

Strong criticism and warnings from Vladimir Putin to the West

The Russian president accused the West of “nuclear blackmail” and drew attention to the “statements of some high-level representatives of the main NATO states about the possibility of using nuclear weapons of mass destruction against Russia.”

Putin announced that he will reinforce Russia’s troops in Ukraine and threatened the West with using nuclear weapons

Putin warned: “To those who allow themselves such statements towards Russia, I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and different and more modern components than those of the NATO countries. If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people.”

The details of the mobilization of reservists from Russia to Ukraine

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists who have combat and service experience will be mobilized. The official said that throughout the country there are about 25 million people who meet these criteria but that only just over 1% of that total will be called.

Putin said he signed a decree for the partial deployment of reservists that is scheduled to start today and will reach those who are subject to conscription, have served in the armed forces and have “military specialization and relevant experience.”

The partial mobilization was called a day after Moscow-controlled regions in eastern and southern Ukraine announced plans to hold referendums on their integration into Russia, a move that could lay the groundwork for the Kremlin to escalate the war after recent Ukrainian advances.

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