Russia Announced “Partial Mobilization”
Russian President Putin announced a move that dramatically threatens to escalate his invasion of Ukraine. The successful counter attacks from the Ukrainian offensive resulted in Putin announcing the immediate “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens. This means citizens who are in the reserve could be called up and those with military experience would be subject to conscription. The decree has already been signed and put in to effect. He stated that he would use all the means at their disposal as he would raise the specter of nuclear weapons if he thought the territorial integrity of Russia was jeopardized. Putin stated that those who attempt to blackmail Russia with nuclear weapons should be aware that the prevailing winds can turn in their direction. His announcement comes as Russia is believed to face manpower shortages. With the new law, those who refuse to fight for Russia when called upon could face up to 15 years in prison.