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nuclear arms, but it seems some have struggled to take him seriously after he made the announcement in front of two outdated forms of communication: landline phones and a fax machine.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.”

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But on Twitter, many couldn’t get past the “1980s” tech on display during Putin’s address.

One person pointed out: “Vladimir Putin, threatening the world and claiming to have the most high tech military, next to his fax machine and two landlines.”

Someone else asked: “Why does Putin have two phones that wouldn't look out of place in a 1990s dentist surgery...?”

Another added: “Who rings Putin on those phones , the 1980’s?”

“How can you take this w**ker seriously with those 1980s phones behind him? Tosspot,” someone else wrote.

One person summarised: “Putin bragging about modern nuclear weapons whilst sat in front on 1970s phones. K**b!”

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