Putin Says West's Goal Is to Weaken, Disunite, Destroy Russia, as He Signs Decree on Partial Mobilization
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he'd signed a decree on partial mobilization in the country. He noted that the current conflict was instigated by the West, noting that the Western countries seek the destruction and disintegration of Russia.
"In this situation, I consider it necessary to take the following decisions, they are fully adequate to the threats we face. Namely: to protect our Motherland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to ensure the security of our people and people in the liberated territories, I consider it necessary to support the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff on conducting partial mobilization in the Russian Federation," Putin said, addressing Russians, RIA Novosti reported.
He said that measures on mobilization will begin on Wednesday, noting that only reservists will be subject to conscription - first, those who have relevant experience and military professions.
He also noted that citizens who join the army during the mobilization will get the status and social guarantees of the military's contracted servicemen. At the same time, the Kremlin noted that military service contracts will be extended until the end of mobilization.
In his address to the nation, president Putin previously explained the situation regarding the special military operation in Ukraine. He stressed that the main goal of the Russian special operation in Ukraine remains liberation of Donbass.
The president said that Russia will support the result of the referendums, which will take place in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.
"The parliaments of the people's republics of Donbass, as well as the military-civilian administrations of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, have decided to hold referendums on the future of these territories and have turned to us, Russia, with a request to support such a step. I stress that we will do everything to provide safe conditions for referendums to be held so that people can express their will," Putin said.
He stressed that people in Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as in the liberated territories of Ukraine, don't want to be oppressed by the Ukrainian Neo-Nazi regime, as they have witnessed atrocities by Kiev's troops.
Putin said that the current conflict was instigated by the West, noting that the Western countries seek the destruction and disintegration of Russia.
Putin pointed out the West’s current goal is to destroy Russia, as they say openly that they managed to make the USSR collapse and now it’s time for Russia.
“The purpose of this West is to weaken, divide and ultimately destroy our country. They are already directly saying that in 1991 they were able to split the Soviet Union, and now the time has come for Russia itself, and that it should disintegrate into many mortally warring regions and regions,” the Russian president stressed.
According to him, such plans have been hatched in the West for a long time, as they encouraged gangs of international terrorists in the Caucasus, promoted the NATO offensive infrastructure close to the Russian borders and made total Russophobia their weapon.
Putin said that the aggressive policy of Western elites with respect to is aimed at maintaining their dominance.
“[We talk] about the aggressive policy of a part of Western elites, who are striving with all their might to maintain their dominance, and for this purpose they are trying to block, suppress any sovereign independent centers of development in order to further brutally impose their will on other countries and nations, to plant their fake values”, according to the Russian president.
Touching upon Russia’s ongoing special military operation in Ukraine, Putin said that Russian forces are acting competently, liberating the territory step by step.
He noted that the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) had already been almost completely cleared of neo-Nazis, and that fighting in in the Donetsk People's Republic is underway.
“The Kiev occupation regime has created a deeply echeloned line of long-term fortifications. Directly assaulting them would have resulted in heavy losses, which is why our units, as well as those of the Donbass republics, act competently and use the military in order to protect personnel. They, step by step, are liberating Donetsk land, clearing cities and towns from neo-Nazis, and helping people whom the Kiev regime has turned into hostages and a human shield,” Putin said.
He stressed that the main goal of the Russian special operation in Ukraine remains liberation of Donbass.