Putin announces a partial military mobilization for Russian citizens

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a "partial mobilization" of Russia's armed forces on Wednesday morning

igning a decree that will send Russians who have gone through military

training to join the fight in Ukraine while stopping short of an all-out draft.

"Only those citizens will be drafted to military service who are currently in the reserve

first of all those who have served in the army, who have certain professions and have necessary experience

will be recruited for the campaign, said Putin in a televised address to the nation.

The announcement came just a day after some Russian-controlled areas in Ukraine

announced plans for referendums on becoming part of Russia

The choreographed series of events was reminiscent of the Russian 

leader's announcement to send tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in February.

In a separate television interview, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia would

immediately call up 300,000 reservists to "hold the line at the front" in Ukraine.

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