Vladimir Putin announces 'partial mobilisation' of Russian forces
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to deploy nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine after he announced a partial mobilisation of troops.
Putin called up 300,000 of Russia's reservists and claimed he was "not bluffing" with the threat of unleashing high-tech nuclear arms, but it seems some have struggled to take him seriously after he made the announcement in front of two outdated forms of communication: landline phones and a fax machine.
The pre-recorded address was broadcast on Russian state TV and has since been shared around the world.
“In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has crossed every line,” Putin said. “This is not a bluff. And those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and point towards them.”