Lest you’re not aware, the Russia-Ukraine war is still ongoing.
In the last few weeks, Russia has occupied some areas, Ukraine retook some, Russia took some again, and Ukraine fought back.
It seems like a never-ending war, and while the Ukraine president has been making regular video appearances, Russian President Vladimir Putin has kept a low profile.
Putin Made Rare Appearance on TV With Disturbing Update About War
In a prerecorded speech, Putin officially announced partial military mobilization to begin immediately.
This is Russia’s first mobilisation since World War II, and Putin warned the West that if it continued what he called its “nuclear blackmail”, Moscow would respond with the might of all its vast arsenal.
He added, “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all available means to protect our people – this is not a bluff.”
He also said that Russia had a lot of weapons to “reply”.
Putin claimed that the West does not desire peace in Ukraine, and that the partial military mobilization of Russia’s two million-strong military reserves was done to defend Russia and its territories.
But not all two million reserves would be called up as of now.
According to the Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 reserves will be called up as part of the partial mobilization, and only individuals with prior military experience would be activated.
If that sounds unfamiliar to you, just think that they’ve now activated their “NSmen”.
In a rare disclosure of military losses from Moscow, Shoigu said that about 6,000 Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine since the military incursion in February.
You can watch Putin’s address (with English subtitles) here:
In the meantime, you can watch this video to know why Russia has invaded Ukraine:
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