Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the mobilization of troops to “protect the motherland”. He gave this order in a speech given on Wednesday (September 21). This will allow Russia to deploy more troops for the Ukraine war.
Putin made the announcement as Russian forces battled a counteroffensive in Ukraine. At the same time, through these counter-attacks carried out by Western weapons, Ukraine has regained some occupied territories of Russia. This information was given by the news agency in a report on Wednesday.
In a televised address on Wednesday, President Putin announced the partial mobilization of Russia’s 2 million-strong military reserve, according to reports. He made this announcement to protect Russia and its territories.
Meanwhile, Putin claimed that the West wants to destroy Russia and does not want peace in Ukraine. In the speech, President Putin said, “In order to protect the Motherland, its sovereignty (…), I consider it necessary to support the decision of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces on the partial mobilization of troops.”
As a result of this directive, those reservists who have served or trained in the Russian army will now be called up to fight in any future need for the army.
Vladimir Putin said he ordered the mobilization to protect Russia’s motherland, sovereignty, territorial integrity and people’s security. The army rally will start from today (Wednesday).
Putin reiterated that his goal is to “liberate” the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine and that most people in the region do not want to return to being “slaves” to Ukraine.
Putin also said the West was engaging in nuclear blackmail and that Russia had “plenty of weapons to respond” to those actions. Putin even stated that he is not saying these things to intimidate.
Vladimir Putin said reservists who had previously served in the military had been drafted into the army. He said that many Russian weapons have been prepared. He also ordered additional funds to increase Russia’s arms production.
Putin has even announced the legal recognition of those who are fighting in Donbass.
Russia already considers eastern Ukraine Luhansk and Donetsk as independent states. Moscow partially annexed parts of the region in 2014. However, Ukraine and Western countries consider all parts of Ukraine held by Russian forces to be illegally occupied.
It says Russia now holds about 60 percent of Donetsk and almost all of Luhansk by July after slow progress during months of intense fighting.
Meanwhile, Russian media RT reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin said – Western countries have crossed the line. The West is calling for Russia to be weakened, divided and destroyed.
He also said that the purpose of the special military operation in Ukraine remains unchanged. LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) fully liberated, DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) partially liberated.