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International: Putin announces partial military mobilisation

5:30 pm on 22 September 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial military mobilisation.

Russia's defence secretary said 300,000 people would be mobilised and suggested that nuclear weapons would be used.

Putin accused officials in NATO states of threatening to use nuclear weapons against Russia but offered no evidence of this. 

Russian police have reportedly arrested hundreds of protesters rallying against the Kremlin's decision. 

Flights out of Russia sold out quickly following Putin's announcement.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned the "extraordinary escalation" of Russia's "illegal invasion" of Ukraine.

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