Russian President Valdimir Putin had on August 21 announced a partial mobilisation in the country.
New Delhi: Amid ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putting on Friday claimed annexation of four areas of the enemy country. The Russian President made announcement to this effect after holding ‘referendums’ last week. According to the reports, Russia has formally incorporated Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia region into its territory in a Kremlin ceremony.
Putting, while addressing the people, said, “Russia will defend its land by all means. This is the liberation mission of the Russian people. It will ensure safety of all these regions and will restore infrastructure also.” Leader installed by Russia for all four regions were also gathered for annexation ceremony.
Russian President Valdimir Putin had on August 21 announced a partial mobilisation in the country. This came at a time when the war in Ukraine reached close to seven months.
Putin had said, “We are talking about partial mobilisation, that is, only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription, and above all, those who served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience.”
The announcement had come barely a day after Russia-controlled regions in east and south Ukraine decided to hold votes on becoming integrated with Russia. If Moscow is able to take control of those parts of Ukraine, Russia may step up its efforts on the battlefield.
Putin’s announcement came days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told him this is not an era of war. “Excellency, I know today’s time is not a time for war,” PM Modi had told Putin in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand when the two leaders began their first face-to-face meeting since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Replying to Modi, Putin had said he wants to end the conflict in Ukraine as soon as possible and understands that India is concerned about the war. “I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine, your concerns…We will do our best to end this as soon as possible,” Putin had said. The Russia-Ukraine was begun in February.