Russian dictator Vladimir Putin telling Russian business hurry up making extra weapons. To allow them to lose them to Ukraine.

On Wednesday morning, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin lastly gave his delayed speech asserting a “partial mobilization” of Russian forces. Putin insisted that this could have an effect on “solely army reservists, primarily those that served within the armed forces and have particular army occupational specialties and corresponding expertise,” and promised that faculty college students wouldn’t be referred to as up—although the brand new regulation working its manner by way of the Duma permits for exactly that.

After standing up the nation on Tuesday night, Putin lastly popped up on Moscow TV Wednesday morning to ship his promised “most necessary speech because the starting of the particular army operation.” In this speech [warning: link to official Kremlin site], Putin stated this mobilization could be fast, “beginning on September 21.” 

When Putin failed to point out up for his scheduled speech on Tuesday, the preliminary phrase was that he supposed to talk for over 3 hours on Wednesday morning, with Russian media carving out an enormous block of time. However in actuality, the speech lasted simply over ten minutes. Most of that point was devoted to easily mendacity concerning the invasion for the hometown crowd, blaming the invasion he initiated on NATO and “worldwide terrorists.” Putin additionally claimed that Russia had no selection in invading as a result of Ukraine, which notably gave up the a whole bunch of nuclear weapons that had been on its soil when the Soviet Union collapsed, was “publicly looking for” such weapons. 

Putin declared that, “The primary objective of this operation, which is to liberate the entire of Donbas, stays unaltered.” Demilitarization appears to have vanished from the Kremlin vocabulary, although “Nazi” remains to be positively current. In truth, Putin used the time period at the very least as soon as per minute, whereas blaming the atrocities which have taken place in Ukraine—together with these simply being found in liberated Kharkiv—on “the Neo-Nazi Kyiv regime.”

When it got here to the battle itself, Putin appeared to acknowledge that progress had been gradual. As an excuse, he stated that Ukraine had created very tough defensive strains, backed by western weapons, and that Russian forces had been preventing not simply towards neo-Nazi items however truly your complete army machine of the collective West.” Due to that, stated Putin, Russia’s gradual movement motion was a characteristic, not a bug. In response to Putin, “A head-on assault towards them would have led to heavy losses…” And he will surely know.

When it got here to the sham referendums, Putin declared that Russia “ will help the selection of future made by the vast majority of folks within the Donetsk and Lugansk folks’s republics and the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas,” however didn’t specify what type that help would take earlier than sliding again right into a finale through which he blamed the West for “encouraging shelling of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” and elevating the specter of nuclear weapons. Adopted by a menace that Russia would use nuclear weapons.

After Putin’s temporary speech, it truly fell to Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu to fill in all of the blanks. In response to Shoigu, 300,000 folks could be topic to the mobilization. Bizarrely, Shoigu  stated this whereas claiming that Russia has misplaced lower than 6,000 troopers whereas killing “half the Ukrainian army” or “over 100,000.” In truth, based on Shoigu, the entire Kharkiv counteroffensive has been an incredible success for Russia, as they’ve “killed extra Ukrainians within the final three weeks” than Russia has misplaced in the entire battle. (Bonus: Shoigu says Russia destroyed 208 Ukrainian tanks and 970 different automobiles throughout the Kharkiv advance. So massive Russian win.)

So … Russia has misplaced fewer than 6,000. Has killed 100,000. Killed 7,000 Ukrainians within the final three weeks. And is now calling up 300,000 to combat the half of the Ukrainian army that is still? It doesn’t need to make sense. It’s Russia.

Those that are mobilized can be handled as “contract troopers” quite than conscripts, which means they are often despatched outdoors of Russia and into fight areas. In the case of contract troopers, lots of whom have contracts just for just a few months, all of these contracts have been prolonged “indefinitely.”

It appears that evidently everybody within the Russian military, and everybody referred to as to the military, is now serving an infinite time period. However wait, it will get higher. The Duma has just lately handed a sequence of latest penalties for desertion, for disobeying an order, and for damaging army tools. All now include hefty jail sentences. All of which helps to elucidate why airline tickets from Moscow to anywhere at the moment are bought out. And why the most important spike in Google searches in Russia is easy methods to break a hand, or arm, or something that may get somebody out of service, at the very least for just a few weeks.

It additionally fell to Shoigu to make it clear “following the referendum” that Russia would think about the areas concerned to be a part of the “territory of Russia.” It’s superb that Shoigu apparently is aware of the result of referendums that haven’t been held. Nonetheless, the explanation for making this assertion is as a result of Russian regulation permits for mobilization in case of invasion of Russian territory.

Mixed with a portion of Putin’s speech through which he stated, “The residents of Russia can ensure that the territorial integrity of our Motherland, our independence and freedom can be ensured—I emphasize this once more—with all of the means at our disposal,” this definitely appears to be a menace that attacking any of the referendum areas could be probably met with a nuclear response. Which is definitely not what Russian regulation permits. Apart from in response to a primary strike, Russian regulation solely permits use of nuclear weapons if the existence of the Russian state is below menace.

However once more, Putin and Shoigu get to interpret these items as they need. That’s the advantage of being a dictator.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink summed up the response of each the U.S. and the world to Putin’s speech and Shoigu’s bluster.


Tankies on Twitter and pro-Russian channels on Telegram are effervescent over with a number of “oh, boy, you guys are in for it now. Simply you wait.” As they’re all seemingly satisfied that Russia stored all of the tremendous soldier again dwelling.

In the meantime, everybody else factors out that Russia’s logistical nightmare gained’t be solved by including extra folks. Russia’s growing scarcity of contemporary weapons gained’t be solved by Putin wagging his finger at factories and telling them to make extra, after they don’t have entry to microprocessors and different vital parts. And maybe most of all, Russia’s top-down, Fifties-era ways gained’t be made higher simply by throwing in additional folks.

How lengthy it’s going to take earlier than any of these referred to as up at this time truly arrive in Ukraine is unclear. However there are experiences that army officers are already strolling the streets in some cities—although not, in fact, in Moscow—with “warrants” for reservists who’re being shipped away at this time.

Whereas we watch for what’s subsequent, right here’s a thread of Russian reservists saying they’ll both refuse to combat, or shoot their officers, if despatched into Ukraine. Right here you go, tankies, these are the fellows who’re going to save lots of your Russian military.


I am not going to combat, f**ok you. Not solely will I instantly hand over, I’ll present you the way in which to the Kremlin.”