Putin calls more Troops  

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Market Desk (online): In a rare address to the nation, the Russian president railed against the West for providing Ukraine with arms and made a veiled threat of using nuclear weapons. Russia’s defense minister put the number of new call-ups at 300,000.

President V. Putin accelerated war effort in Ukraine on Wednesday, announcing a new campaign that would call up roughly 300,000 reservists to the military while also directly challenging the West over its support for Ukraine with a veiled threat of using nuclear weapons.

In a rare videotaped address to nation for a “partial mobilization” of people with military experience. Though Moscow’s troops have recently suffered humiliating losses on the battlefield, he said that Russia’s goals in Ukraine had not changed and that the move was “necessary and urgent” because the West had “crossed all lines” by providing sophisticated weapons to Ukraine.

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