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Putin announces partial mobilization ahead of annexation of parts of Ukraine

Israel National News reports: “Russia will begin a partial mobilization, President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday morning, with reservists to be called in for army service.

‘I consider it necessary to support the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff to conduct partial mobilization in the Russian Federation,’ Putin said, adding that the mobilization begins Wednesday.

‘I shall stress that Russian citizens called up as part of mobilization will be given all the benefits of those serving under contract.’

The Russian president vowed to ‘liberate’ the Donbas province of eastern Ukraine, and laid out plans for the formal annexation of areas captured from Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began in February.

‘Our aim is to liberate Donbas,’ Putin said Wednesday…”

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