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EU accuses Putin of ‘dangerous gamble’ after his nuclear threat and and ‘partial mobilisation’ of Russia

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    Putin calls up reservists for war in Ukraine EU accuses Putin of ‘dangerous gamble’ after his nuclear threat and and ‘partial mobilisation’ of Russia
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Putin calls up reservists for war in Ukraine

Putin making a 'very dangerous nuclear gamble', says EU.

Vladimir Putin is making a “very dangerous nuclear gamble” and must “stop such reckless behaviour”, an EU executive has warned.

European Commission spokesperson Peter Stano added that the “sham, illegal referenda” planned in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia this weekend would not be recognised.

Putin is doing a nuclear gamble. He’s using the nuclear element as part of his arsenal of terror, it’s unacceptable.

EU member states have held discussions on how to respond to the latest developments in Russia’s war in Ukraine, he continued, warning Moscow that there would be “consequences from our part”.

President Putin says military reservists are to be sent to Ukraine as part of a partial mobilisation of Russian forces.

In a televised address to the nation, he said this was a necessary step to ensure Russian territorial integrity.

He accused the West of wanting to see Russia weakened and said a threat to retaliate further was "not a bluff".

Meanwhile, Western nations have condemned Moscow's plans to hold so-called referendums in parts of Ukraine that are currently under Russian control.

The US, Germany and France have said they would never recognise the results of such "sham" ballots.

And world leaders are gathering in New York for a UN meeting - US President Biden and Ukraine's President Zelensky will speak later.