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More than 1,000 arrested after Putin’s mobilisation announcement sparks protests across Russia

Moscow police officers clashed with protestors following anger at Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilization of Russia.

After the Kremlin declared 300,000 reserves would have to be called up to support its invasion of Ukraine, crowds flooded the streets of Moscow.

Demonstrators shouted, “No to War” as they were detained by the armed police.



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On Wednesday night, at least 300 people from Moscow were among the 1,054 nationwide detained in 38 cities.

Sky News correspondent Diana Magnay reported from the capital. She said demonstrators were being treated “brutally”, and described the crowds in an “extraordinarily courageous” manner for expressing their opinions in a police state.

Magnay stated that “we haven’t seen any protests in cities over the past five or six months. People have been so scared that they would be detained and that is clearly what is occurring.”

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Russians have been threatened with detention for participating in anti-government rallies for many years. However, they have also been silenced since the invasion on 24 February.

At the beginning of the conflict, thousands joined anti-war protests – despite the potential consequences including losing their jobs or even being imprisoned. But now many are too afraid to speak up.

Magnay said, “Many are concerned about the escalation of violence and don’t want fight.”

The footage of the scuffles revealed multiple uniformed officers surrounding protestors.

As she attempted to stop police from detaining another man demonstrator, one woman was seen being taken away.

Image: Hundreds marched in protest against partial mobilization.
Image: Woman flanked in Moscow by officers

Magnay stated that some older generations are convinced that mobilisation is needed.

This morning, Putin addressed the nation for the first time since February’s sending of troops to battle. It was part of what Russia called a “special military operations”.


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He stressed that the order was for partial mobilization in a prerecorded clip: “Only those who have been in reserve will be conscripted.”

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Russia’s president said that he would use ‘weapons to destruction’ to defend his country in an address packed with announcements regarding the “special military operation” in Ukraine.

He vowed Russia would use all its tools to defend its territory, and he issued a nuke threat to Western leaders: “I’m not bluffing”.

The Kremlin previously stated that it did not consider partial or complete mobilization.

This announcement was made this morning, two weeks after Ukraine’s rapid offensive to reclaim control over Kharkiv’s regions. Moscow was forced from two front-line positions.

Many people scrambled for Russia to get flights to Moscow, but the price of any remaining was thousands of pounds.

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