Putin announces a partial military mobilization for Russian citizens

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Only those citizens will be drafted to military service who are currently in the reserve and first of all those who have served in the army.

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The announcement came just a day after some Russian-controlled areas in Ukraine announced plans for referendums on becoming part of Russia.

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Putin's Wednesday announcement also came as his country has struggled to replenish its fighting force in Ukraine and suffered setbacks on the battlefield amid a surging Ukrainian counteroffensive.

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In a separate television interview, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia would immediately call up 300,000 reservists to "hold the line at the front" in Ukraine.

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"Putin claims he had to act because Russia was threatened," the president said. "No one threatened Russia. And no one other than Russia sought conflict."

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Putin also accused Western powers of providing Ukraine with long-range weapon systems that can strike deep into Russian territory — and again accused Ukraine and its allies of menacing Russia with nuclear threats.

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So far 5,937 Russian soldiers had died fighting in Ukraine.