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In first speech to the nation, Putin announces partial military deployment

This morning, the Russian president addressed “Russian citizens” for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine began and made a threat to the West: he will guarantee the country’s “independence” and “freedom” “with all the means” that has.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced, this Wednesday, a “partial military mobilization”. According to the head of state, the decree has already been signed and the measure enters into force this Wednesday.

In this morning’s speech, Putin stated that “only citizens currently on the reserve, and above all those who have served in the Armed Forces, have certain military specialties and relevant experience, will be subject to enlistment.”

The decision is justified by the need to protect “the Russian people in the liberated lands”. In what was the first speech to “Russian citizens” since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Putin stressed that “steps are needed to defend Russia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The “partial mobilization” comes just days before pro-Russian separatist territories in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine hold – between 23 and 27 September – referendums to decide on their annexation by Russia.

Russia’s aim is “to support those whom the Kyiv regime has taken hostage” and, according to Putin, the self-proclaimed people’s republic of Lugansk is virtually “free from neo-Nazis”. “Our aim is to free Donbass,” he asserted.

The Russian head of state also assured that Russia has “more modern” weapons than the transatlantic alliance NATO and the West.

“I want to say to the West: we have many weapons in our possession, we are not bluffing. Our country also has means of attack, more modern than NATO. We will guarantee the territorial integrity of our motherland, our independence, and our freedom, I repeat, with all the means at our disposal”, he shot.

Putin’s televised message lasted 14 minutes and ended with a vote of confidence. “The wind can change and blow against them [West]. I trust in your support”, he concluded.

Source: With Agencies

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