MOSCOW, September 21.— Russia will partially mobilize 300,000 reservists whose mission will be to control the territories already liberated during the military operation in Ukraine, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu explained, after President Vladimir Putin announced the measure in an address broadcast to the nation on Wednesday.
Only those who are in the reserve, have served in the Armed Forces and have relevant skills and experience will be recruited for military service, Putin added, although, taking into account the experience of the operation in Ukraine, the recruits will also receive additional military training before to be sent to the units, he pointed out.
Putin asserted that the measure is adopted “to defend the Homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and recalled the opponent his troops face. « (…) not only (…) to the neo-Nazi formations in Ukraine, but to the entire military machine of the West. That is why it is considered necessary to make a decision that is fully adapted to the threats we are facing », he asserted.
“In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, for the defense of Russia and our people, we will certainly use all available means. This is not a bluff,” warned the Russian president, who accused the West of exercising “nuclear blackmail” against his country, according to statements by high-ranking NATO representatives who have spoken of the possibility of using weapons of mass destruction against Russia. .
Putin recalled that his nation has a nuclear arsenal even greater than that of the member countries of the alliance, which he would not hesitate to use, reported France24.
The Russian President also pointed out that the objective of the military operation in Ukraine remains the same: the liberation of the entire territory of Donbass.
In a quick reaction, China has called for a ceasefire through negotiations, and solutions that address the security concerns of all parties, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, was quoted as saying by the Global Times newspaper.
In addition, the Chinese spokesman appreciated that all efforts leading to a peaceful solution to the crisis should be supported. China calls for dialogue and consultation to resolve differences,” he added.
As reported by RT, Moscow’s decision was released a day after the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as the Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporozhie, announced that they will hold referendums to decide their possible accession to Russia.
From the European Union, different voices considered the measure as a sign of Russia’s “weakness” and branded the referendums as “false” and “a new escalation in the war.”
Addressing the issue during his speech before the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, ratified his affiliation with Ukraine, a country to which he has supplied millions of dollars in weapons, and criticized the referendums and the mobilization partial decreed by Russia.
In a hypocritical attitude that ignores the history of his country, Biden recalled the need to “defend the sovereign rights of the smallest nations.”
In a message on Twitter, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the West to “redouble efforts” to support kyiv, calling for more weapons and more punitive measures against Russia.