Putin mobilising ‘medically and mentally unfit’ troops in failing Ukraine war

Vladimir Putin has been slammed after launching a partial mobilisation on Wednesday (September 21), including sending people "medically and mentally unfit" into battle.

Retired US Army General Jack Keane slammed the move in an interview with Fox News on Thursday (September 22) following the announcement, which could see up to 300,000 reservists sent to war in Ukraine.

Keane said: "The far right is pushing him for greater action, they want full mobilization. He knows that would be a catastrophe.

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"He can't get there politically because of the opposition. You can see his opposition in the streets just by calling up 300,000 reservists right now.

"We wouldn't even see them on the battlefield for three or four months, and then when they do join the battlefield, some of them are medically unfit, some of them are physically unfit, a lot of them are mentally unfit in the sense that they really don't want to be there.

"And then they're going to join a military force that's already displayed a significant amount of incompetence, I don't believe they're going to be decisive."

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Senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and an adjunct professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Sean McFate, similarly called Putin's move to partially mobilise the country an "act of desperation" in an interview with Newsweek on Thursday (September 22).

"He's emptied all the jails and he's used up all the mercenaries, and now he is going to turn to core Russia," McFate said.

The Daily Star has contacted the defense ministries of both Russia and Ukraine for comment.

The comments come following Putin's announcement, triggering the first partial mobilisation since World War II.

In the Russian despot's first TV address since the war in Ukraine began, Putin also threatened the West with nuclear war.

"The West has gone too far in its aggressive anti-Russia policy, making endless threats to our country and people," the dictator said.

"Washington, London and Brussels are openly encouraging Kyiv to move the hostilities to our territory. They openly say that Russia must be defeated on the battlefield by any means, and subsequently deprived of political, economic, cultural and any other sovereignty and ransacked."

He added: "I would like to remind those who make such statements regarding Russia that our country has different types of weapons as well, and some of them are more modern than the weapons NATO countries have.

"In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us.

"This is not a bluff."

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