MOSCOW—In an escalation of the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the threat of a nuclear response in the conflict and ordered

Putin Orders Draft of Reservists for War in Ukraine, Threatens Nuclear Response

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2022-09-21 14:00:07

MOSCOW—In an escalation of the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the threat of a nuclear response in the conflict and ordered reservists to mobilize, as Moscow seeks to buttress its army’s flagging manpower and regain the offensive following stinging losses on the battlefield.

“Russia will use all the instruments at its disposal to counter a threat against its territorial integrity—this is not a bluff,” Mr. Putin said in a national address that blamed the West for the conflict in Ukraine, where he said his troops were facing the best of Western troops and weapons.

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