The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has announced a partial mobilization in Russia in a major escalation. That escalation places the country’s people and economy on a wartime footing.
Putin also threatened nuclear retaliation. He said that Russia had “lots of weapons to reply” to what he called western threats on Russian territory and said that he was not bluffing. In a highly anticipated televised address, Putin said the “partial mobilization” was a direct response to the dangers posed by the west. They “wants to destroy our country”, and claimed the west had tried to “turn Ukraine’s people into cannon fodder”.
“Military service will apply only to citizens who are currently in the reserve. Those who have served in the armed forces, have certain military professions and relevant experience,” he said.
Shortly after Putin’s announcement, the country’s defense ministry, Sergei Shoigu, said 300,000 Russians would be called up as part of the mobilization. That will apply to “those with previous military experience”.
“These are not people who’ve never seen or heard anything about the army,” he said, adding that students can “keep going to class”.
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