Putin orders mobilisation of army reserves to support Ukraine invasion

Russian president’s threats come after a Ukrainian counteroffensive in the last few weeks dealt his troops their worst defeats since the early months of the conflict

Vladimir Putin said in a televised national address on Wednesday: “This is not a bluff.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a “partial mobilisation,” calling up 300,000 reservists in a major escalation of his flagging invasion of Ukraine, which he portrayed as a fight to the death with the US and its allies.

“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,” Putin said in a televised national address this morning. “This is not a ...