Russian President Vladimir Putin said he signed a decree on partial mobilization beginning Wednesday.
Putin said in a televised address on Wednesday that his aim was to “liberate” Ukraine’s Donbas region and that he was defending Russian territories, adding that people in the region did not want to return to what he called the “yoke” of Ukraine.
The Russian leader stressed he was “talking about partial mobilization, that is, only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription, and above all, those who served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience.”
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 300,000 reservists would be called up.
Putin’s address comes a day after Russian-controlled regions in eastern and southern…