Russia's war on Ukraine latest news: U.S. said to prod Kyiv on talks

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Sept 21 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia's first mobilisation since World War Two and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine, warning the West he was not bluffing when he said he would be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia. read more


* "If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will without doubt use all available means to protect Russia and our people - this is not a bluff," Putin said in a televised address to the nation. read more

* Russia's mobilisation was a predictable step that will prove extremely unpopular and underscores that the war is not going according to Moscow's plan, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said. read more * Pro-Russian figures on Tuesday announced referendums for Sept. 23-27 in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia provinces, representing around 15% of Ukrainian territory, or an area about the size of Hungary. read more

* Speaking shortly after Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia would draft some 300,000 additional personnel out of some 25 million potential fighters at Moscow's disposal.

* In Moscow's first update on casualty numbers in almost six months, Shoigu also said 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed since the start of the conflict. Shoigu dismissed assertions by Kyiv and the West that Russia has suffered heavy losses, and said 90% of wounded Russian soldiers had returned to the frontline. read more * U.S. President Joe Biden will try to rally the world against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, saying Moscow's war against its neighbor violates the tenets of the U.N. charter. read more


* Germany nationalised gas importer Uniper (UN01.DE) on Wednesday and Britain capped the wholesale cost of electricity and gas for businesses, in Europe's latest moves to keep the lights on and heaters running this winter as the war in Ukraine escalates. read more

* Stocks fell, while safe havens such as government bonds and the dollar rose, as already anxious investors fled risk assets after Putin ordered a partial mobilisation and accused the West of "nuclear blackmail".

* The rouble recovered from two months lows and Russian stocks pared losses on Wednesday after earlier plunges triggered by President Vladimir Putin's move to order Russia's first military mobilisation since World War Two. read more


* "Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and point towards them," Putin said in the televised address. read more

* "Sham referenda and mobilization are signs of weakness, of Russian failure," Bridget Brink, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said on Twitter.

(This story corrects fifth item in DIPLOMACY/POLITICS to show Shoigu said 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed, not 5,397)

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Brylee Handley

Russia tries to black mail the entire world with nukes if they don't win their war in Ukraine. Then they turned around and said everybody else was to blame. First off Russia and its allies are the only one who have been on International TV discussing using nuclear weapons against the west and even showed simulations to the Russian people on TV of using a nuke to destroy England with a wave of nuclear radiation from an underwater nuke. No other country has done this,only Russia. Shows you what kind of narcissist putin truly is


I just saw a listing on eBay for some Russians guns. The ad said they are in “new condition, never fired, and only dropped once.”

Samuel Peugh

give the ukrainians the means to flatten Moscow in any other town in Russia those people see their houses going up Putin will be gone in a hurry


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