Running out of options, Vladimir Putin, the ailing and mentally disturbed dictator in Russia, has now called up a half measured effort to get more people to die for him. Conscripts, which are no more than cannon fodder, and not battle hardened or well train troops, have now been called into action. They are mostly street drunkards, derelicts, prisoners, and the bottom of the barrel in Russian society. He also says he isn’t bluffing when it comes to him utilizing nuclear weapons in his war against Ukraine. Meanwhile, according to news sources, Poland has started issuing radiation pills to their citizens.
Here’s the thing about bluffing. You can use the threat once, maybe twice, to get your point across, but after that the threat becomes hollow. Not only that, this assumes he even has the power to launch a first strike in Ukraine or anywhere else in the world. The citizens of Russia are mostly against his war. He would also have to rely on those who actually are at the missile launch centers to actually obey an order to launch missiles. It’s dubious that anyone would be insane enough to obey any order from a madman to start launching nuclear weapons. Thus, it’s more bluffing and insanity from a petty thug.
The Russian Generals are of course very tired of Putin, so he doesn’t really have the support he needs from the military to actually launch anything. So, it’s another bluff, even though he claims he isn’t bluffing, in fact he is. And he has been bluffing all along. He’s weak, and unable to call up anyone other than drunkards off the streets who will get drunk before dying, and Russian prisoners, who will quickly run off once released, to fight a war that nobody wants. No one is going to go into the meat grinder that is Ukraine. This war is pretty much over for Putin, all Ukraine is doing now is mopping up and sweeping out the Russian garbage from their lands.
AN unhinged Vladimir Putin has made a thinly-veiled threat to NUKE the West and declared he’s “not bluffing” in a chilling address.
Putin has a massive army of two million soldiers at his disposal which he can scramble at any given time.
In a chilling speech, he said: “Our country also has various means of defence, and in some components more advanced than those of NATO countries.
“When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all the means at our disposal to defend Russia and our people, this is not a bluff.
“Russian citizens can be sure that the territorial integrity of our homeland, our independence and our freedom will be secured by all the means at our disposal.
“Those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the winds may blow in their direction.”
He warned: “This is not a bluff.”
Britain’s Foreign Office minister, Gillian Keegan, told Good Morning Britain Putin’s threat had to be taken seriously.
“It’s a serious threat – it’s one he’s made before and one he may make again. We would urge calm at this moment,” she said.
“We have to be clear, he has said they did not invade Ukraine. We need to be very clear on this, we are here because Russian illegally invaded Ukraine.”
She added: “We will stand up to this. You cannot give in to bullying, threats and intimidation.”
The maddened leader falsely claimed he was responding to threats from unnamed high NATO officials “about the possibility of using weapons of mass destruction – nuclear weapons – against Russia”.
Putin made clear that by Russian territory, he meant invaded areas of Ukraine where he is holding sham referendums in the coming days on joining the Kremlin empire.
The increasingly desperate leader also announced the “partial mobilisation” of 300,000 reservists beginning today.
He said: “To protect our Motherland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“To ensure safety of our people, and people at the liberated territories.
“I find it necessary to support the suggestion of the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff about declaring partial mobilisation in Russia.”
The striking move would see “current reservists… all those who have served in the Armed Forces, have certain military professions and relevant experience” called up to serve.
Russians have already begun to flee the country with one-way tickets out of Moscow sold out within moments of Putin’s announcement.
Flights to Turkey, Armenia and Georgia – where Russians don’t need a visa to enter – have also sold while the last remaining tickets out of the country are costing thousands of pounds.
A trip for a family of three to Johannesburg today costs £44,000 while a ticket to the cheapest destination – Dubai – is £4,500, which is about five times the average monthly wage, according to Google Data and news outlet RBK.
Searches for “how to leave Russia” and “how to break your hand” also topped Google traffic.
Putin also falsely claimed Western countries were trying to “block” the independence of the so-called people’s republics in eastern Ukraine.
“In order to force their will in brutal ways to other people. The aim of the West is still weaken and destroy, they are openly saying that,” he ranted in his first televised address since the start of the war on February 24.
World leaders have condemned Russia’s “partial mobilisation” of reserves.
Germany’s Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck said Berlin was “considering a response” to the recent escalation.
He said it was “another bad and wrong step from Russia, which of course we will discuss and consult on politically regarding how to respond”.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala the move was “further proof that Russia is the sole aggressor” and vowed to continue supporting Ukraine.
“It is needed to help Ukraine, and in our own interest, we must continue with it,” he said.
Dutch PM Mark Rutte said the mobilisation was a “sign of panic”.
“The mobilisation, calling for referenda in the Donetsk, it is all a sign of panic,” he said.
“His rhetoric on nuclear weapons is something we have heard many times before, and it leaves us cold.”
China has also weighed in, calling on all parties to “engage in dialogue”.
Meanwhile, Putin’s close ally issued a blistering attack on the United Kingdom, threatening to unleash Russia’s devastating arsenal of nukes on Western targets including London.
Sergei Markov, a former member of the Russian Duma and close adviser to Putin blamed the escalating tensions in Ukraine on the actions of the UK and the US.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Markov reiterated Putin’s threat to use both tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine and broader nuclear strikes on Western targets including the UK.
“Everybody in the world is thinking about nuclear war now,” he said, “and this is due to the crazy actions of President Joe Biden, and British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.”
Last night Putin mysteriously cancelled a speech in which he was expected to order a full mobilisation of the country’s military.
Kremlin insider Sergei Markov then announced on the Telegram social media platform just over two hours after Putin was due to speak that his address was “postponed until tomorrow”.
“The longer President Putin’s already announced speech is delayed, the more serious announcements it will contain,” added the political scientist, who is a former close advisor to Putin.
Pro-Kremlin propagandists then followed suit on Telegram, telling followers their wait for his speech had been in vain and it was time to call it a night.
General Sir Richard Shirreff, the former NATO Deputy Supreme Commander, said the delay smacked of chaos behind the scenes.
“We saw it announced that it was going to be at 8 o’clock Moscow time,” he told Sky News.
“We’ve just seen a tweet from RT to say it’s not going to be on at 8 o’clock Moscow time – and anyway that has now passed.
“So this says to me there is a certain amount of chaos.”
He said NATO must remain firm in the face of Putin using any speech an announce a full mobilisation.
“The bottom line though for the international community, and NATO in particular, is that we must not blink, and as the Ukrainian foreign minister said so clearly, it’s an act of desperation,” he said.
“If Russia sticks its head above the parapet, NATO will knock it off.”
The lightning speed of Ukrainian advances has prompted Putin’s goons in the occupied territories to call for urgent referenda on annexing the regions into Russia next week.
Since September Ukrainian fighters have since taken control of most of the Kharkhiv region and captured villages Luhansk.
These referendums would be highly unlikely to be free and fair, according to international observers.
If these territories vote to join Russia, it would give Putin the justification to launch a full invasion of the region.
He would also be able to station his fearful nuclear arsenal in Ukraine, as he would claim the territory as part of his own country, further escalating tensions of an apocalyptic strike.
Even before Putin’s announcement, the United States condemned what it called “sham” referendums and said it wouldn’t recognise the results.
“These referenda are an affront to the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity that underpin the international system,” said White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
“If this does transpire, the United States will never recognize Russia’s claims to any purportedly annexed parts of Ukraine.”
And NATO secretary-general Jens Stolrenberg said: “Sham referendums have no legitimacy and do not change the nature Russia war of aggression against.
“This is a further escalation in Putin’s war. The international community must condemn this blatant violation of international law and step up support for Ukraine.”
Luhansk, Donetsk and Kherson regions form a land corridor between Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia and the annexed territory of Crimea, which Vlad’s army seized in 2014.
Under their proposals, people will be asked if they want to become part of Russia.
Putin has avoided using the term ‘war’ for Russia’s actions in Ukraine and instead labelled the bloody act a “special military operation”.
Ahead of the speech, the country’s parliament passed a new law bringing in stricter punishment for soldiers who refuse to fight.
It comes as RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan claimed that the country is on the brink of a nuclear war.
“Judging by what is happening and still about to happen, this week marks either the eve of our imminent victory or the eve of nuclear war,” she wrote on Twitter.
The last time Putin made such an address to the nation was on February 24 on the eve of war, when he announced Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.
News of the unexpected address comes just hours after pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced they will hold referendums on joining Russia this month.
Both regions in eastern Ukraine are expected to hold votes between September 23 and 27.
Previous votes were postponed as Ukraine launched lightning advances and covert sabotage behind Russian lines.
A similar scheme in 2014 saw the Kremlin lay claim to occupied Crimea.
Putin ally Dmitry Medvedev, who served as Russia’s president between 2008 and 2012, bragged that the votes would alter the geopolitical landscape in Moscow’s favour forever.
He said: “Encroachment into Russian territory is a crime and if it is committed, that allows you to use all possible force in self-defence.
“That is why these referendums are so feared in Kyiv and in the West. That is why they need to be carried out,” he added.
Experts warned the votes raised the risk of nuclear war – because Russian nuclear doctrine allows the use of its nukes to defend the motherland.
It comes as Putin’s army faces a battlefield reversal in much of northeastern Ukraine, which may have forced him to make one final throw of the dice and consolidate his gains in the southeast of the country.
If he loses control of Crimea, his position would be even more vulnerable.