Putin sending more troops to Ukraine shows he is struggling
The White House said on Wednesday that Putin’s decision to call up as many as 300,000 military reservists is an indication that Russia is “struggling” in its invasion of Ukraine.
John Kirby, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, stated that while the mobilisation of additional troops was expected, he acknowledged the enormous number and what it signifies at this stage of the battle.
Kirby said on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “I mean, that is almost twice as much as he committed to the war in February of this year.” It is a clear indication that he is having trouble.
Putin had already announced the partial mobilisation of reservists in a prerecorded broadcast on national television before Kirby’s comments. It was a major escalation from Putin after Ukraine reclaimed land in the north, increasing the pressure on the Kremlin to detail its plans in response to Kyiv’s military gains.
Putin also endorsed plans to annexe seized areas in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas and southern Ukraine’s Kherson regions, and he threatened the deployment of nuclear weapons if Kyiv maintains its war to recapture the territory.
When Russia’s borders are threatened, “When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people, This is not a bluff.”
The Russian leader continued his fabrications by claiming the United States and its allies are trying to “destroy” Russia with nuclear weapons. The Russian leader bragged about his country’s nuclear might.
Putin warned that the winds can shift in the opposite direction of those trying to blackmail them with nuclear weapons.
On Wednesday, Kirby warned that Russia risked “severe consequences” if it used nuclear weapons against Ukraine. He added that the United States always takes “this kind of rhetoric seriously.”
“It’s irresponsible rhetoric for a nuclear power to talk that way, but it’s not atypical for how he’s been talking the last seven months, and we take it seriously. We are monitoring as best we can their strategic posture so that if we have to, we can alter ours,” Kirby said. “We’ve seen no indication that that’s required right now.”