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Russia: Vladimir Putin declares partial military mobilisation05:26

Russia: Vladimir Putin declares partial military mobilisation

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 21, 2022 at 08:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilisation, calling up hundreds of thousands from the army reserves, during an address to the nation on Wednesday.

"I consider it necessary to support the proposal of the Defence Ministry and the General Staff to conduct partial mobilisation in the Russian Federation," he said. " I would like to repeat that we are talking about partial mobilisation, which means that only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be called up for military service."

Putin stated the 300,000 reservists would be supporting the armed forces "operating on a line of contact that exceeds a thousand kilometres."

"They confront not only neo-Nazi formations but in fact the entire military machine of the collective West," the president claimed.

The mobilisation came just a day after the local administrations in four regions announced plans to hold referenda on joining Russia; the authorities in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), and those set up in Zaporozhye and Kherson after they came under Russian control.

The votes will take place on September 23-27.

Putin said that those called up would be defending both Russia and the breakaway areas. He also specified that the relevant decree had already been signed, with mobilisation activities beginning the same day.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the referenda have no impact on Kiev’s stance or goals in the conflict. French President Emmanuel Macron called the votes a 'parody', while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan both described them as a 'sham'.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the LPR and DPR. Kiev condemned the action, while Zelensky ordered martial law and his own full mobilisation in February.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilisation, calling up hundreds of thousands from the army reserves, during an address to the nation on Wednesday.

"I consider it necessary to support the proposal of the Defence Ministry and the General Staff to conduct partial mobilisation in the Russian Federation," he said. " I would like to repeat that we are talking about partial mobilisation, which means that only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be called up for military service."

Putin stated the 300,000 reservists would be supporting the armed forces "operating on a line of contact that exceeds a thousand kilometres."

"They confront not only neo-Nazi formations but in fact the entire military machine of the collective West," the president claimed.

The mobilisation came just a day after the local administrations in four regions announced plans to hold referenda on joining Russia; the authorities in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), and those set up in Zaporozhye and Kherson after they came under Russian control.

The votes will take place on September 23-27.

Putin said that those called up would be defending both Russia and the breakaway areas. He also specified that the relevant decree had already been signed, with mobilisation activities beginning the same day.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the referenda have no impact on Kiev’s stance or goals in the conflict. French President Emmanuel Macron called the votes a 'parody', while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan both described them as a 'sham'.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the LPR and DPR. Kiev condemned the action, while Zelensky ordered martial law and his own full mobilisation in February.