Putin accuses West of 'nuclear blackmail,' mobilizes more troops for Ukraine
September 22, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin on 21 September called up 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine , hinting to the West he was prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.
This is considered as Russia's first such mobilisation since World War Two and the biggest escalation of the Ukraine war since Moscow's 24 February invasion.
The following development arose after mounting casualties and battlefield setbacks for Russian forces who got driven from areas they had captured in northeast Ukraine in a Ukrainian counter-offensive this month and are bogged down in the south.