Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that his country is planning to increase their military might – accusing the West of “nuclear blackmail” in an effort to “destroy” Russia.
The Russian leader announced that they will begin conscription measures, otherwise known as a draft, in response to growing difficulties presented by the Ukraine war – escalating the conflict that is much too close to being an all-out global war.
Putin’s announcement suggests that while the Russians may be struggling in the conflict, they are willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure victory.
“In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has crossed every line,” Putin said. “In Washington, London, Brussels, they are directly pushing Kyiv to transfer military operations to our territory. No longer hiding, they say that Russia should be defeated by all means on the battlefield, followed by the deprivation of political, economic, cultural, in general, any sovereignty, with the complete plunder of our country.”
Putin said that his country was willing to defend itself by any means necessary in an apparent threat to use nuclear weapons in the war should the country’s “territorial integrity” be threatened.
“I would like to remind those who make such statements regarding Russia that our country has different types of weapons as well, and some of them are more modern than the weapons NATO countries have,” he said.
“In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us,” Putin continued, assertively warning that this threat of retaliation was “not a bluff.”
Arguing that the Russian military was now effectively fighting “the entire military machine of the collective West,” Putin declared that he has begun the “partial mobilization” of the Russian Federation for the purpose of aiding the war effort.
The new mobilization would mark the first time that the country has done so since World War II and could see as many as 300,000 people added to the Russian forces fighting in Ukraine.
Following Putin’s announcement, Biden spoke at the United Nations General Assembly and essentially challenged Putin to bomb us by saying that the war in Ukraine was “chosen by one man, to be very blunt.”
He also doubled down on the United States’ efforts to back Ukraine, saying, “We will stand in solidarity with Ukraine, stand against Russia’s aggression, period,” he said continuing by calling on Americans to renew their efforts to promote democracy across the world to ‘combat dictatorships.’
“The United States is determined to defend and strengthen democracy at home and around the world,” he said.
The U.S. has already provided Ukraine with tens of billions in tax-payer dollars to fund the war efforts while also providing them with the country’s most advanced weaponry and Biden will likely use this an excuse to add to that.