Vladimir Putin announces mobilisation of Russian army after his soldiers were sent running

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Speaking in Moscow this morning, Putin said partial military mobilisation would start as early as today, Wednesday, September 21. Announcing legal status for Ukrainians willing to fight for the Kremlin, the Russian leader said: “Most people in these historic areas in Ukraine do not want to be under the yoke of neo-nazis.”

Putin justified his horror decision to sign a decree on partial mobilisation saying he was defending Russian territories and that the West wanted to “destroy” the country.

The Russian leader also accused the West of “engaging in nuclear blackmail” against Russia.

In a staunch warning to western leaders, he added: “I tell the West – we have lots of weapons to reply, it is not a bluff.”

Responding to the Russian President’s address, UK Foreign Secretary Gillian Keegan warned Putin’s declaration is “a worrying escalation”.

She added: “We should take Putin’s threats seriously.”

“Clearly it’s something that we should take very seriously because, you know, we’re not in control – I’m not sure he’s in control either, really. This is obviously an escalation,” she said.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told the assembly the UN’s credibility was in danger because of the invasion by Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, and reforms of the council were needed.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a conduct that tramples the philosophy and principles of the UN charter … It should never be tolerated,” Mr Kishida said.

Russia already considers Luhansk and Donetsk, which together make up the Donbas region Moscow partially occupied in 2014, to be independent states.

Ukraine and the West consider all parts of Ukraine held by Russian forces to be illegally occupied.

Russia now holds about 60 percent of Donetsk and had captured nearly all of Luhansk by July after slow advances during months of intense fighting.

Those gains are now under threat after Russian forces were driven from neighbouring Kharkiv province this month, losing control of their main supply lines for much of the Donetsk and Luhansk front lines.

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