Vladimir Putin news LATEST: Conscription of 300,000 troops a ‘DESPERATE’ escalation of war as world slams nuke threats

Vladimir Putin news LATEST: Conscription of 300,000 troops a ‘DESPERATE’ escalation of war as world slams nuke threats

VLADIMIR Putin has conscripted 300k troops in an escalation of the Ukraine war – and warned the West he would hit back if it intervened.

Following previous delays, at 7am BST Putin finally spoke – and warned his nation would “protect its sovereignty”. The despot also reminded the West that Russia has modern weapons of destruction, saying: “I am not bluffing.”

He also confirmed Russia would trigger a “partial mobilisation” consisting of reserve troops – all of which will be conscripted to join the Ukraine war – after saying the West had “crossed the line”.

He said: “I stress it is partial mobilisation. Only those who are in reserve will be conscripted.”

The UK’s Defence Minister, Ben Wallace has said that Putin’s invasion “is failing” after the recent announcement of escalating the war.

Read our Ukraine-Russia live blog below for the latest udpates…

  • Biden will not directly address Putin’s speech, US official says

    A US official has said that President Joe Biden will not directly address Putin’s earlier speech when he talks at the UN General Assembly this evening.

    Rather, the President will focus on reiterating America’s support for Ukraine.

    Biden’s speech will be “a call to the world to continue to stand against the naked aggression that we’ve seen these past several months,” his national security adviser has said.

  • UN chief hits out at Putin’s ‘reckless nuclear rhetoric’

    Speaking to Reuters, the UN’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has slammed Putin’s threats of nuclear war.

    In a speech at the UN general assembly in New York, Stoltenberg said: “This is dangerous and reckless nuclear rhetoric.

    “It’s not new as he has done it many times before. He knows very well that a nuclear war should never be fought and cannot be won, and it will have unprecedented consequences for Russia.”

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  • Ukrainian ambassador slams Putin’s new decree

    The US ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget A. Brink, has slammed Putin, following his decision to partially mobilize his troops this morning.

    “Sham referenda and mobilization are signs of weakness, of Russian failure,” she said on Twitter.

    “The United States will never recognize Russia’s claim to purportedly annexed Ukrainian territory, and we will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

  • Putin has made ‘a big miscalculation’, says UN boss

    Speaking to Reuters, the UN’s  Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said Putin’s speech shows he made a “big miscalculation” when he chose to invade Ukraine.

    Putin today announced partial mobilisation, which will see 300,000 reservist troops sent to Ukraine.

    Stoltenberg said that he believes the war will “end at the negotiation table” but added that Ukraine will to get a positive outcome if they are to speak with Russia.

  • In pictures: Liz Truss meets with Ukrainian leaders

    Liz Truss met with Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, and its PM, Denys Shmyhal, today in New York.

    World leaders are gathered in the Empire State for the UN general assembly.

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  • Zelensky dissmisess Putin’s nuclear threat

    Ukraine’s President has dissmissed Putin’s chilling threat of nuclear war, saying the world would stop him before he could use Russia’s nuclear stockpile.

    “I don’t believe that he (Putin) will use these weapons. I don’t think the world will allow him to use these weapons,” he told the German newspaper Bild.

    In the coming hour, Joe Biden will speak at the UN assembly in New York. The US Commandar in Chief will likely address Putin’s comments.

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  • Putin WON’T commit “nuclear massacre”, says Russian MP

    Speaking to the BBC, Evgeny Popov, a member of the Duma for Vladimir Putin‘s United Russia party has said Russia would NOT attack the west first.

    He said:”We are not going to do some nuclear massacre in the world. It’s not our policy. It’s not our practice. We are peaceful people in Russia, but we can respond if you would attack us.”

    When asked if Russia considers captured territory “their land”, and thus would respond to attacks from Ukraine with nuclear bombs, Mr Popov said: “I really don’t know how to answer this. But you have to know that we are going to defend our motherland.”

  • RECAP: What did Putin announce today?

    In an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine not seen since February, Putin announced a series of new measures this morning.

    Here is what you need to know:

    • Partial mobilisation: This will see around 300,000 reservists join the Russian army.
    • Referenda in captured regions: “Sham” referenda will take place in occupied Ukrainian territories, and Russia will then officially claim these lands.
    • Willingness to use nukes: In a chilling moment, Putin declared Russia’s willingness to resort to nuclear war if Russia is threatened.
  • EU top brass reaffirms support for Ukraine

    Following Putin’s announcement this morning, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, has declared the EU’s support for Ukraine.

    Taking to Twitter, he said: “In this war, there is only one aggressor, Russia.

    “EU’s support to Ukraine will remain steadfast.”

  • Putin ally blames Britain and US for nuclear panic

    One of Putin’s allies has claimed the UK and US are to blame for the dictator’s comments this morning.

    This comes after the deranged despot said he wasn’t “bluffing” about Russia’s willingness to use nukes.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme former Russian MP Sergei Markov said: “Everybody in the world is thinking about nuclear war now and this is due to the crazy actions of President Joe Biden, and British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.

    “Ukrainians are our brothers but Ukraine is occupied by western countries and it’s Western countries fighting against the Russian army using Ukrainian soldiers as slaves. [This] was the main idea of Vladimir Putin’s [address], that’s why we need to have this partial mobilisation.”

    Click here, for more reactions to Putin’s chilling threat.

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  • Flights out of Russia sell out as Putin orders mobilisation

    Russians are fleeing the country en masse today, as they look to avoid being forced into Putin’s army.

    According to the Guardian, almost all flights to  Georgia, Turkey and Armenia have sold out, as citizens flee in their droves.

    The cheapest flight from Russia to Dubai now costs £4,320.

  • Putin health fears grow, following reported coughing fit

    According to reports, doctors were called to Putin’s aid amid behind-the-scenes chaos before his speech was aired escalating the war.

    The sick tyrant allegedly “suffered coughing fits and chest pains in the lead-up to his TV address” reports claim.

    The General SVR Telegram channel, believed to be run by a former Kremlin insider claimed that the speech had to be re-recorded multiple times.

  • German officials condemn Putin’s recent announcement

    Germany’s Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck has condemned Russia’s recent announcement this morning.

    He said Berlin was “considering a response” to the recent escalation.

    He went on to say it was “another bad and wrong step from Russia, which of course we will discuss and consult on politically regarding how to respond”.

    Read more here.

  • Putin’s nuclear threat ‘must be taken seriously’, British official says

    Putin’s threats of nuclear war can not be dismissed, says Britain’s Foreign Office minister, Gillian Keegan.

    She told Good Morning Britain: “It’s a serious threat – it’s one he’s made before and one he may make again. We would urge calm at this moment.

    “We have to be clear, he has said they did not invade Ukraine. We need to be very clear on this, we are here because Russian illegally invaded Ukraine.”

    She added: “We will stand up to this. You cannot give in to bullying, threats and intimidation.”

    Read more about Putin’s chilling threats here.

  • What did Putin announce today?

    In an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine not seen since February, Putin announced a series of new measures this morning.

    Here is what you need to know:

    • Partial mobilisation: This will see around 300,000 reservists join the Russian army.
    • Referenda in captured regions: “Sham” referenda will take place in occupied Ukrainian territories, and Russia will then officially claim these lands.
    • Willingness to use nukes: In a chilling moment, Putin declared Russia’s willingness to resort to nuclear war if Russia is threatened.
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  • Eu responds to Putin’s nuclear threats

    Peter Stano, an EU spokesperson, has responded to Putin’s declaration that Russia would use nuclear bombs if threatened.

    Stano told reporters: “Putin is doing a nuclear gamble. He’s using the nuclear element as part of his arsenal of terror, it’s unacceptable.”

    Putin made the chilling threat this morning, declaring that Russia would resort to nuclear measures if threatened.

    He concluded the bloodthirsty announcement: “I’m not bluffing.”

  • Vitali Klitschko hits back at Putin

    Following Putin’s escalatory comments this morning, the Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, has hit back at the bloodthirsty dictator.

    Speaking via Telegram, he said: “The mobilisation and nuclear threats announced by Putin will not help the aggressor in his quest to conquer and destroy Ukraine and Ukrainians.

    “The tyrant finally launched the processes that will bury him in his country.

    “And the civilised world must finally understand that evil must be eradicated from the roots, and not talk about some illusory ‘peace negotiations’.”

  • What has Zelensky said?

    Ukrainian leader President Volodymyr Zelensky responded to Russia’s plans to hold referenda in Ukrainian territories in a video address this morning.

    He said:  “Our position does not change according to this noise or any other announcement.”

    He added that “sham” referenda are meaningless.

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  • What is ‘partial mobilisation’?

    This morning, Putin announced that he would “partially mobilise” Russia’s reserve forces.

    But what does this mean?

    Russia entered Ukraine with around 180,000 troops, a very small percentage of their total army.

    By partially mobilising its reserve forces, Russia will call on the 2 million reserve fighters left at home.

    While it is extremely unlikely that all 2 million reservists will be sent to Ukraine, reports suggest a further 300,000 troops could be about to join the conflict.

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  • Poland’s PM reiterates support for Ukraine, following bloodthirsty Russian announcement

    Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s Prime Minster, has responded to Putin’s decision to partially mobilise his reserve forces.

    “We will do all we can with our allies, so that Nato supports Ukraine even more so that it can defend itself,” he said.

    “The reports about partial mobilisation have been confirmed. Russia will attempt to destroy Ukraine and grab some of its territory. We can’t allow for that.”

  • Putin’s announcement will make him ‘extremely unpopular’ Ukrainian official says

    Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak has slammed Putin’s decision to announce partial mobilisation this morning.

    “The war is clearly not going according to Russia’s scenario and therefore required Putin to make extremely unpopular decisions to mobilise and severely restrict the rights of people,” he told Reuters.

    Partial mobilisation will see thousands of Russians forced into the conflict.

  • Russia’s mobilisation a ‘sign of panic’ claims Dutch PM

    Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, has called Putin’s recent announcement of partial mobilisation and sham referendums in Ukraine a “sign of panic”.

    “The mobilisation, calling for referenda in the Donetsk, it is all a sign of panic. His rhetoric on nuclear weapons is something we have heard many times before, and it leaves us cold,” the Dutch leader said.

    “It is all part of the rhetoric we know. I would advise to remain calm.”

  • Russians flee the country following announcement, Ukrainian official claims

    Russians are desperately seeking to flee the country, following Putin’s announcement of partial mobilisation, Inna Sovsun, a member of Ukraine’s parliament has said.

    Putin’s announcement will see thousands of Russians forced into the army, as Putin continues to lose troops at a rapid rate.

  • Inside Russia’s staggering nuclear stockpile, following Putin’s decree

    In a chilling speech this morning, the Russian dictator warned of total nuclear destruction.

    “Those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the winds may blow in their direction,” he said.

    “This is not a bluff.”

    But how many nukes does Russia really have?

    Read more here.

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  • Ukrainian ambassador slams Putin’s new decree

    The US ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget A. Brink, has slammed Putin, following his decision to partially mobilize his troops this morning.

    “Sham referenda and mobilization are signs of weakness, of Russian failure,” she said on Twitter.

    “The United States will never recognize Russia’s claim to purportedly annexed Ukrainian territory, and we will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

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