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1. President Vladimir Putin declared a “partial mobilization,” 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 Wednesday. “This is not a bluff.” “Those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the wind patterns can also turn in their direction,” the president said, accusing the US and allies of seeking to “destroy” Russia. Putin’s threats come after a Ukrainian counteroffensive in the last few weeks has dealt his troops their worst defeats since the early months of the conflict, retaking more than 10% of the territory that Russia held. The Kremlin had long resisted announcing any steps toward mobilization, seeking to limit the impact of its seven-month invasion on the Russian population, but the latest battlefield losses have underlined its shortage of manpower. (Source: bloomberg.com)
2. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Russian President Vladimir Putin must return all land that Russia has occupied, including Crimea. The Black Sea peninsula should be returned to its “rightful owners,” Mr. Erdoğan told PBS NewsHour on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in comments likely to provoke ire in Moscow. (Source, politico.eu, pbs.org)
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