White House calls Putin’s military mobilization ‘a sign’


It’s the first mobilization of reservists in Russia since World War II.

On February 24, Russian forces invaded neighboring Ukraine as part of a “special military operation” ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. These forces came from Belarus to the north and Russia to the east. According to U.S. officials, Ukrainian soldiers have put up “strong opposition.”
Since then, the Russian military has begun a full-scale combat attack in the disputed Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, taking the vital port city of Mariupol and securing a coastal route to the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow has seized.
The fact that this was the first such call-up in Russia since World War II exacerbated hostilities with the Western nations that supported Ukraine and mocked it as a sign of weakness and desperation. The action also caused some Russians to rush to purchase airline tickets for departure, and hundreds of people were detained at antiwar protests held all throughout the nation.

 

 

 

In his seven-minute speech, which was broadcast nationwide, Putin also issued a warning to the West, ostensibly in regard to his nuclear arsenal: “I’m not bluffing about using everything at my disposal to safeguard Russia.” He has repeatedly warned the West against backing Russia up against the wall and criticized NATO nations for arming Ukraine.
In an effort to restock its forces in Ukraine, the Kremlin has turned to volunteers. Even reports of massive recruitment in prisons have surfaced.
According to officials, the total number of reservists who will be called up could reach 300,000. Putin’s order ordering the partial mobilization, which became effective right away, had few details, increasing concerns that the scope of the draft might be increased at any time. One phrase in particular was kept a secret.
In spite of Russia’s strict rules prohibiting criticism of the military and the war, there were demonstrations all around the nation. According to the independent Russian human rights organization OVD-Info, more than 800 Russians were detained at anti-war demonstrations in 37 Russian cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg.
At least 12 arrests were made inside the first 15 minutes of a protest in the capital, according to a Moscow-based Associated Press crew.
When asked if demonstrating would be helpful, a Moscow resident who asked to remain anonymous responded, “It won’t help, but it’s my civic obligation to express my position. Against war! ”

 


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“Tens of thousands of Russian men, including our dads, brothers, and husbands, will be ground up in the war’s meat grinder. What are they going to die for? What will cause mothers and kids to cry? “, the Vesna opposition movement proclaimed while urging demonstrations.
The Moscow prosecutor’s office issued a warning that organizing or taking part in such acts may result in up to 15 years in prison as calls for protests spread online. Authorities recently issued similar warnings prior to other protests. Since the war’s start in late February, Wednesday’s demonstrations were the first nationwide antiwar ones.
Media were also given a warning by the government’s watchdog over communications, Roskomnadzor, that access to their websites would be restricted if they disseminated “false information” about the mobilization. It wasn’t obvious what that meant exactly.
When asked what had changed since he and other officials earlier stated that no mobilization was anticipated, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed that because NATO countries have provided Kyiv with weaponry, Russia is in fact battling the alliance.
Russian losses on the battlefield recently in Ukraine, according to Western leaders, prompted the mobilization.
John Kirby, a spokesman for the U.S. national security council, stated that Putin’s address is “clearly a sign that he’s suffering, and we know that.”
According to U.N. President Joe Biden. He said Putin’s fresh nuclear threats against Europe demonstrated “reckless contempt” for Russia’s obligations as a signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. General Assembly: “We will stand in solidarity against Russia’s aggression, period.”

 


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In the national address, Putin also supported annexation plans for the country’s southern Kherson region and its eastern Donbas region, and he threatened to use nuclear weapons if Kyiv continued its campaign to retake the territories.
“We will undoubtedly employ all available means to protect Russia and our people when the territorial integrity of our nation is challenged,” Putin stated. This isn’t a bluff, either.
The Russian leader then made bogus assertions about nuclear threats from the West against his country, charging that they were trying to “destroy” it. He boasted about the nuclear might Moscow possesses.
Putin stated that those attempting to extort us with nuclear weapons “should know that the winds can also change in their direction.”
On Wednesday, Kirby stated that using nuclear weapons on Ukraine would have “grave consequences” and that the United States always takes “this kind of talk seriously.”
Although it’s reckless rhetoric for a nuclear power to use, we take it seriously because it’s consistent with how he’s been speaking for the past seven months. We are keeping an eye on their strategic posture as closely as we can so that we can adjust it as necessary, Kirby added. “We have found no evidence that that is necessary at this time.”

 


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