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New Regions Join Russia
On September 19, the civic chambers of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics appealed to authorities to hold referendums to become part of Russia. The initiative was joined by the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

President Putin Signs Decree on Partial Mobilization in Russia

© Sputnik / Алексей Никольский / Go to the mediabankRussian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, file photo.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, file photo. - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.09.2022
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Earlier this week, the Donbass Republics, as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, both liberated by the Russian forces, announced they would hold referendums on joining Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he'd signed a decree on partial mobilization in the country.

"In this situation, I consider it necessary to take the following decisions, they are fully adequate to the threats we face. Namely: to protect our Motherland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to ensure the security of our people and people in the liberated territories, I consider it necessary to support the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff on conducting partial mobilization in the Russian Federation," Putin said, addressing Russians.

He said that measures on mobilization will begin on Wednesday, noting that only reservists will be subject to conscription - first, those who have relevant experience and military professions.
He also noted that citizens who join the army during the mobilization will get the status and social guarantees of the military's contracted servicemen. At the same time, the Kremlin noted that military service contracts will be extended until the end of mobilization.
© Sputnik / Go to the mediabankA Russian serviceman at an airfield in the area of the special military operation in Ukraine.
A Russian serviceman at an airfield in the area of the special military operation in Ukraine. - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.09.2022
A Russian serviceman at an airfield in the area of the special military operation in Ukraine.
In his address to the nation, president Putin previously explained the situation regarding the special military operation in Ukraine. He stressed that the main goal of the Russian special operation in Ukraine remains liberation of Donbass.
The president said that Russia will support the result of the referendums, which will take place in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

"The parliaments of the people's republics of Donbass, as well as the military-civilian administrations of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, have decided to hold referendums on the future of these territories and have turned to us, Russia, with a request to support such a step. I stress that we will do everything to provide safe conditions for referendums to be held so that people can express their will," Putin said.

He stressed that people in Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as in the liberated territories of Ukraine, don't want to be oppressed by the Ukrainian Neo-Nazi regime, as they have witnessed atrocities by Kiev's troops.
Putin said that the current conflict was instigated by the West, noting that the Western countries seek the destruction and disintegration of Russia. He said that the West had been supporting international terrorists, promoted the infrastructure of the NATO offensive close to Russia's borders and fostered Russophobia.
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