Russian President Vladimir Putin – Photo: REUTERS
In a statement on September 21, President Putin said that the West “wants to destroy our country” and claimed that the West was trying to “turn the Ukrainian people into cannon fodder”.
Local mobilization is a measure of mobilizing all resources of one or several localities during a national defense emergency.
According to Reuters news agency, this is the first Russian mobilization order since World War II.
“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all available means to protect our people – this is no joke,” Putin said in a televised address. September 21 picture.
The Russian president also said that the purpose of signing the local mobilization decree was to “liberate” the Donbass region and most of the people in the areas controlled by Russia.
Local mobilization allows Russia to mobilize about 2 million reserve troops to continue the war in Ukraine.
Putin said that the Russian Defense Ministry has recommended sending military reservists to the war because the country is facing a protracted conflict in Ukraine and the Donbass region.
According to the Russian president, this is a reasonable and necessary measure in the current situation. The local mobilization order will take effect immediately.
According to Putin, Russian forces sent to Ukraine in February defended a large part of the territory claimed by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Regarding the referendum on the merger of Russia in the two republics in the Donbass, Mr. Putin said his government will respect the voting results.
The self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine announced that they will hold a referendum on the annexation of Russia between September 23 and 27.
Russia has considered Lugansk and Donetsk to be independent states. While Ukraine and the West consider all areas of Ukraine held by Russian forces as illegal occupation.
Russia currently holds about 60% of Donetsk and captured almost all of Lugansk by July 2022.
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