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Shocking footage of the struggle captured the man as he tried to wriggle free from three officers trying to arrest him. He was slammed against a restaurant window before officers elbowed him in the head. People in the restaurant were stunned by silence during the brutal encounter.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first wartime mobilization since World War II, shocking citizens with what Western nations have described as an act of desperation over a lost war.
Putin made the announcement in a televised address in which he also announced moves to annex swaths of Ukrainian territory and threatened to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, saying, “It’s not a bluff.”
Flights from Russia sold out quickly and imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny called for mass protests against the mobilization. The Russians said some people were already receiving call notices and police were banning men from leaving a southern town.
Independent protest monitoring group OVD-Info said more than 1,300 people were arrested during protests on Wednesday night.
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In a country that has millions of former conscripts as reserves, Putin’s “partial mobilization” decree gave no indication of who would be called up. Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu said 300,000 people would be mobilized out of a pool of 25 million. Professional troupe contracts would be extended indefinitely.
Putin also announced his intention to annex four Ukrainian provinces, saying that Moscow would take part in the referendums on the admission of the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson to Russia, and implement the results.
Offering no evidence, Putin accused NATO state officials of threatening to use nuclear weapons against Russia. They should know that “the weather vane can turn towards them”, he said, adding that Russia “also has various means of destruction”.
“When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. This is not a bluff.”
President Biden, in an address to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, responded: “Even today, President Putin has made overt nuclear threats against Europe, in reckless disregard of the regime’s responsibilities. non-proliferation.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was due to address the UN General Assembly later on Wednesday, said he thought Putin was unlikely to use nuclear weapons, but the threat itself showed why. it was vital to stand up to him.
“Tomorrow, Putin will be able to say: ‘Apart from Ukraine, we also want a part of Poland, otherwise we will use nuclear weapons.’ We cannot make these compromises,” Zelenskiy told German newspaper Bild.
European Union foreign ministers, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss new sanctions and arms deliveries to Kyiv after the order to Cheese fries.
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“It is clear that Russia wants to destroy Ukraine,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said. “We will not be intimidated.”
Calling for mobilization is perhaps the riskiest domestic policy move in Putin’s two decades in power, and follows months of promises from the Kremlin that he would do no such thing.
The war has so far appeared to enjoy popular support in a country where independent media have all been shut down and public criticism of the “special military operation” is banned.
But for many ordinary Russians, especially in the urban middle classes, the prospect of being sent into combat would be the first hint of the war affecting them personally.