Putin Implements Conscription, Accuses West of Trying to ‘Destroy’ Russia

Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced the start of partial conscription in a speech on Monday, in which he accused the West of “nuclear blackmail” and trying to “destroy” Russia.

Vladimir Putin has announced the start of conscription measures in Russia in response to the country’s growing difficulties with the Ukraine war, a move that potentially represents a major escalation of the already bloody conflict in Moscow.

The announcement came as part of a rare public address by the Russian president to his country’s citizens, in which he also accused the western powers of ultimately aiming to “destroy” Russia.

While disinformation is rife regarding the ongoing conflict, there now seems to be at least consensus that the invasion is not going as well for Russian forces as the Kremlin had originally hoped. Russia’s new conscription measures are likely aimed at providing more troops to the conflict to salvage what Russia has euphemistically dubbed its “military special operation” in Ukraine.

In his Wednesday morning speech, Vladimir Putin reiterated Russian claims that the invasion of Ukraine was purely defensive in nature, specifically aimed at protecting “Russia’s Crimea” as well as the Donbass regions — which have a sizeable population of ethnic Russians — from alleged aggressive actions by the Zelensky government in Kyiv. Putin conquered and colonized Crimea in 2014.

Putin accused the Ukrainian government of organizing a “genocide” in Donbass against people “who refused to recognize the government created in Ukraine” as a result of what the Russian leader described as a Western-backed “coup d’état” in 2014.

The “coup” mentioned by Putin is known in Ukraine as the Maidan uprising, a wave of protests that led to the ousting of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Russian officials have repeatedly argued that current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is illegitimate as a result of the events of 2014, despite being elected in 2019 against Yanukovych’s incumbent successor, Petro Poroshenko. No international observer or dissident in Ukraine has questioned the legitimacy of Maidan 2019, not even those who opposed Maidan 2014.

Putin also claimed that Moscow’s interests in securing Donbass and Crimea had indeed met with much sympathy from Ukrainian officials after peace talks earlier in the war, but that such peace talks were ultimately sabotaged by Western leaders, whom Putin said Ukraine was demanding to continue fighting the conflict.

“The West has overstepped all bounds in its aggressive anti-Russian policy,” Putin said. “In Washington, London, Brussels, they are directly urging Kyiv to transfer military operations to our territory. They no longer hide and say that Russia should be defeated by any means on the battlefield, followed by the deprivation of political, economic, cultural and in general any sovereignty, with the complete plunder of our country.”

Putin also accused the West of threatening Russia with “nuclear blackmail” and said his country was ready to defend itself by any means necessary. Apparently, Putin himself threatened to use nuclear weapons if Russia’s “territorial integrity” was threatened.

“I would like to remind those who make such statements about Russia that our country also has various types of weapons, some of which are more modern than the weapons of NATO countries,” he said.

“In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and in defense of Russia and our people, we will certainly use all weapon systems at our disposal,” Putin continued, warning that this threat of retaliation is “no bluff”.

Arguing that the Russian military is now effectively fighting “the entire military machine of the collective West,” Putin explained that he had begun “partially mobilizing” the Russian Federation to support the war effort.

One such new mobilization, which Reuters says is the first of its kind in the country since World War II, involves introducing conscription for the military, though Putin has argued that such a measure will be extremely limited in scope.

“I repeat, we are specifically talking about partial mobilization, that is, only citizens who are currently in reserve are drafted, and especially those who have served in the armed forces have certain military specializations and relevant experience,” He said before saying further that every conscript would “receive the status, payments and all social guarantees of a military personnel serving under contract.”

The mobilization is likely to give Russia’s now-stalled war effort in Ukraine a nudge in the arm. Reuters reported the country’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said up to 300,000 people could be drafted into military service from Russia’s massive reserves of around 25 million people.

Putin also called for the status of volunteer soldiers and troops from self-proclaimed republics allied with Russia in eastern Ukraine to be regulated and given the same legal status as other Russian troops fighting in the region, with the same “material, medical and social benefits ” fitted.

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace denounced Putin has broken his own promise not to mobilize his country for the conflict, declaring that the draft order is in fact an “admission that [Putin’s] invasion fails.”

“He and his secretary of defense sent tens of thousands of their own citizens to their deaths, ill-equipped and ill-managed,” Wallace observed. “No amount of threat and propaganda can hide the fact that Ukraine is winning this war.”

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