Russian President Putin this morning delivered his first address to the Russian nation since the start of his war in Ukraine – mobilizing his military reserves and launching a new nuclear threat to the West.
The despot gave his own twisted version of the war so far, portraying NATO as the aggressors, saying the Ukrainians are torturing their own civilians and Western leaders are plotting the destruction of Russia itself.
Here is his speech in full:
Citizens of Donetsk and Luhansk, People’s Republics of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia and other free people of the Nazi regime.
We will talk about measures to protect our sovereignty, about the will and desire of our people to determine their own future, and about the aggressive bloc of Western countries trying to maintain their supremacy at all costs – trying to block and suppress all independent development centers in order to brutally impose their will on other people
The goal of the West is to weaken and destroy. They openly say that in 1991 they managed to split the Soviet Union and the time has come for Russia itself. Russia will be divided into many regions and areas that will fight each other to the death.
They had these plans for a long time. They supported bands of international terrorists in the Caucasus. They encourage NATO to come to our borders. There is total Russophobia and many years of total hatred for Russia.
It is first and foremost in Urkaine. They turned the Ukrainian people into cannon fodder and pushed Ukraine into a war with our country
They started the war already in 2014, using the army against the civilian population and organizing genocide, blockade and terror against people who refused to recognize Ukrainian power as a result of a coup military.
As usual, they refused a peaceful solution to the Donbass issue and began to demand the right to use nuclear weapons. It became clear as before, a second major offensive in the Donbass is inevitable and the decision for a preventive military operation was the only and absolutely necessary decision.
The main objective of liberating the whole of Donbass remains unchanged.
The People’s Republic of Luhansk is completely free of Nazis. The fight in the Donetsk People’s Republic continues.
The occupation regime has established a deep line of defense, and therefore part of our army and Donbass military units are using technology and people, and liberating the Donetsk People’s Republic step by step, village by village, and help people taken hostage by the criminal regime
As you know, the professional army participates in the special military operation, but volunteer units fight alongside it.
They have different nationalities, professions and ages. They are true patriots, protecting Russia and Donbass with the call of their hearts.
The Ministry of Defense has been instructed by me to determine as soon as possible the legal status of these areas as well as the status of the units of the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics.
They must be the same as the professional military of the Russian army, including social guarantees, medical and financial supplies.
We must pay special attention to the supply of Donbass units using technology and ammunition.
Our army, based on the decisions of the Ministry of Defense and the General Command, liberated the considerable territories of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia from neo-Nazis.
Accordingly, there is a long line of military contact – more than 1,000 km.
In Istanbul [peace negotiations with Ukraine] there was a very positive reaction to our proposals regarding the guarantee of Russia’s security
But it was obvious that the West was not happy with a peaceful decision, so after reaching certain compromises, Ukraine was effectively given direct orders to undermine the negotiations.
The Kyiv regime began to use new bands of foreign mercenaries and nationalists, and the army was trained to NATO standards and actually commanded by Western commanders.
The repressive regime has been intensified across Ukraine by its military, which in 2014 used the policy of terror and intimidation. It becomes more and more barbaric and terrible.
The territories liberated from neo-Nazis and freed from war, these are the Novorossiya lands we are talking about – Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporzhizhia regions – you saw the barbarities of the neo-Nazis in the regions captured by them.
The Banderas [supporters of a far-right Ukrainian leader] and Nazi mercenaries torture peaceful citizens.
In the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, more than 7.5 million people lived before the start of the operation.
Many were forced to become refugees, those who remained are constantly bombarded with rockets and artillery from neo-Nazis who attack hospitals, schools and create acts of terror against peaceful citizens
We have the moral right to give those who are dear to us, who are being tortured, we must give them a chance to determine their own fate.
The parliaments of the LPR, the DPR and the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions decided to hold referenda on joining Russia and asked Russia to support such a move.
I stress that we will do everything possible to create safe conditions for holding referenda, so that people can express their will and decide the future. They will be supported by us.
Dear friends, today our army is heading towards the front line exceeding 1000 km, and they are facing not only the neo-Nazis but the collective military machine of the entire West.
In this situation, I find it necessary to take the following decision which is appropriate to the threat we face.
For the defense of our homeland, to ensure its security, its territorial integrity, the security of our people and in the free territories, I consider it necessary to support the decision of the Ministry of Defense and the General Command of an organized partial mobilization in the Russian Federation.
I insist on the fact that this is a partial mobilization. Only those who are currently in reserve will be conscripted, as well as those who have served in the military and have certain military skills. They will receive additional military training, taking into account the special military operation.
The decree has been signed, officially the chambers of the Federal Assembly and the Duma will be informed.
The mobilization will begin today, September 21, I instruct the heads of regions to provide all necessary assistance to the military commissioners. I emphasize that Russian citizens called up as part of the mobilization will have all the guarantees, all the advantages of those who serve under contract
The partial mobilization decree includes additional measures to secure state purchases for defense of military technology, and additional capacities for its production.
All financial questions for the supply of defense factories must be resolved without delay.
In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has crossed all lines.
We constantly hear threats against our people, and some irresponsible politicians in the West are talking not only about supplying Ukraine with long-range military systems that will be able to hit Russia – this is already happening, we are talking about the border regions, in Belgorod and systems using strategic drones, aircraft, doing reconnaissance across the south.
There are plans in Washington and Brussels to shift military action to Russian territory.
We are not just talking about the destruction of Russia on the battlefield, we are talking about political, cultural and all other types of sovereignty with complete looting. Now they are talking about nuclear blackmail.
The Zaporzhzhia nuclear power plant was bombed. Moreover, the high representative of the main NATO states said that it could be allowed to use nuclear weapons against Russia.
Those who make such statements will be reminded that our country also has various weapons of destruction, and with respect to some components they are even more modern than those of NATO.
If there is a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to protect our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal. I don’t bluff.
Russian citizens can be sure that the territorial integrity of our homeland, our independence and our security will be ensured. I will emphasize – by all means at our disposal
And those who try to blackmail us with nukes should know that the tables can turn against them.
In our historical tradition, our people were destined to stop those who try to subjugate our homeland and it will happen now.
I believe in your support.