LONDON (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilization since World War II and warned that Moscow would defend itself with the might of all its vast arsenal if faced with a nuclear threat from the United States. West.
UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR MYKHAILO PODOLYAK
“Absolutely predictable call, more like an attempt to justify their own failure,” he said in a text message to Reuters.
“The war is clearly not going according to Russia’s script and has therefore forced Putin to take extremely unpopular decisions to mobilize and severely restrict people’s rights.”
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BRIDGET BRINK, US AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE
“Mock referenda and mobilization are signs of weakness, of Russian failure,” Brink said on Twitter. “The United States will never recognize Russia’s claim to allegedly annexed Ukrainian territory.”
BEN WALLACE, UK SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
“Putin’s breaking of his own promises not to mobilize part of his population and the illegal annexation of parts of Ukraine are an admission that his invasion is failing.”
UK FOREIGN MINISTER GILLIAN KEEGAN
“Obviously it’s something that we should take very seriously because, you know, we’re not in control – I’m not sure he’s in control either, really. It’s obviously an escalation,” she told Sky News.
GERMAN VICE-CHANCELLOR ROBERT HABECK
He said it was “another wrong and bad step by Russia, which we will of course discuss and consult politically on how to react”.
PETR FIALA, CZECH PRIME MINISTER
“The partial mobilization declared by V. Putin is an attempt to further escalate the war launched by Russia against Ukraine, and this is further proof that Russia is the sole aggressor.
“It is necessary to help Ukraine, and in our own interests we must continue.”
CHINESE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON WANG WENBIN
Urged all parties to engage in dialogue and consultations and find a way to address the security concerns of all parties.
(Reporting by Reuters; compiled by Alison Williams)
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