/ Europe As it happened
Issued on: 21/09/2022 – 09:34
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. © AP Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a “partial” mobilisation of 300,000 reservists, marking an escalation of what Moscow calls its military operation in Ukraine. The decision was condemned by Ukraine’s allies, with the EU saying it was a sign of Putin’s “desperation”. Read about the day’s events as they unfolded on our liveblog. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
President Vladimir Putin ordered a “partial” mobilisation in Russia. In his nationally televised address, Putin threatened to use “all available means to protect our people” before adding, “this is not a bluff”. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said “300,000 reservists will be called up” or “just over one percent” of the number of people who can be mobilised in the country. Shoigu also said 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed since the start of the conflict in Moscow’s first update on casualty numbers in almost six months. The US in July estimated Russia’s death toll at around 15,000. Ukraine and its allies have condemned Russia’s partial mobilisation. The US has called it “a sign of weakness”. European shares fell at the opening of markets on Wednesday as Russia’s partially mobilising more troops added to investors worries.This live page is no longer being updated. For more of our coverage of the war in Ukraine, click here.