Almost seven months after the start of the war against Ukraine, Russia ordered a partial mobilization of its own armed forces. He made this decision based on a proposal from the Defense Ministry and signed the decree, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin said in a televised speech. Partial mobilization begins today.
Putin also announced the possible annexation of Ukrainian territories using mock referendums in the occupied territories. "We support the decision made by the majority of citizens in the People's Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, in the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions."
In addition to the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, the Russian-occupied areas of Cherson and Zaporizhia in the south also want a vote on joining Russia. The simultaneous mock referenda are to be held from 23 to 27 September. They are seen as a reaction to the current Ukrainian counter-offensive in the east of the country.