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Putin ‘plots “mobilisation 2.0” with 300k conscripts to be hurled into meatgrinder’ as Kremlin admits Russia IS at ‘war’

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VLADIMIR Putin is “planning” a second mobilisation of 300,000 conscripts to besiege and capture Ukraine’s second city Kharkhiv.

The warlord launched his biggest attack yet on Friday as an arsenal of 150 devastating weapons reigned terror across the nation.

Putin is said to be planning a second mobilisation of 300,000 soldiers in Ukraine

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Putin is said to be planning a second mobilisation of 300,000 soldiers in UkraineCredit: Getty
The Russian President is looking to push for major territorial gains

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The Russian President is looking to push for major territorial gainsCredit: Reuters
Russia have just launched their largest attack on Ukraine since the war began two years ago

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Russia have just launched their largest attack on Ukraine since the war began two years agoCredit: East2West

Eighty-eight missiles and 66 drones were allegedly used in the air attack that targeted civilian infrastructure in multiple cities.

Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia and Kharkhiv were all pummelled from above as Putin used the full force of his lethal weaponry.

Footage even captured the terrifying moment a 600mph KH-101 cruise missile obliterated Ukraine’s largest hydro plant.

But it is Kharkiv which appears to have been hit the hardest, with hits to multiple power stations leaving the northeast city without electricity and facing water shortages.

It’s feared this could be a prelude to a full-scale invasion from Putin as he pushes for major territorial gains, Verstka independent media, citing four Russian sources, report.

“The next [target] according to the plan is Kharkiv with the preservation of the city,” said a Kremlin source.

“And this is only possible if it is surrounded.

“300,000 snouts are missing.

“Therefore, everything is ready for mobilisation 2.0.”

The theory is that the West is giving up its support to Ukraine and a strong push can neuter the country by capturing its second city intact, without the destruction inflicted by Putin’s forces when they invaded Mariupol.

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“Nobody wants to turn Kharkiv into a second Mariupol,” said the source.

So “there is an idea” to make it a showcase of how Russians “know how to fight in a civilised manner”.

Putin has already defied pressure from wives and mothers to allow reservists at the front to come home.

Now apparently he will call up hundreds of thousands of further reservists – Russians who have completed conscription, and are technically on standby for combat.

He will also push conscripts completing their one-year military service to sign contracts to go to war, said Verstka.

The target is 300,000 extra troops to grab Kharkiv -the first stage of what is believed to be Putin’s 10-step plan to drag NATO into war with Russia.

A military report leaked in January detailed the Russian tyrant’s possible “path to conflict” – beginning last month and ending in 2025.

And it now appears Putin is sticking eerily close to that plan.

However, Ukraine believes the number of troops set to be used is closer to 100,000.

The commander of Ukraine’s ground forces said on Friday that the mobilisation could be used for a possible new offensive push this summer, or to replenish depleted units, Reuters report.

Lieutenant-General Oleksandr Pavliuk told Ukrainian television: “It will not necessarily be an offensive.

Hits to multiple power stations have left Kharkhiv without electricity and facing water shortages

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Hits to multiple power stations have left Kharkhiv without electricity and facing water shortagesCredit: East2West
Smoke and fire are seen near a high-voltage line outside Kharkiv

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Smoke and fire are seen near a high-voltage line outside KharkivCredit: Reuters
Dnipro's Hydroelectric Power Plant was also struck in the recent attacks

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Dnipro’s Hydroelectric Power Plant was also struck in the recent attacksCredit: East2West

“Perhaps they will replenish their units that lost combat capability, but there is a possibility that at the beginning of the summer they may have certain forces to conduct offensive operations.”

Putin’s latest moves, however, have prompted the Kremlin to finally admit Russia is at “war”, according to reports.

Shifting the language used to describe the conflict is an apparent move to prepare Russians for a longer and harder struggle.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov’s told local media on Friday: “We are in a state of war.

“Yes, it started out as a special military operation, but as soon as this group was formed, when the collective West became a participant in this on the side of Ukraine, it became a war for us.

“I am convinced of that. And everyone should understand this, for their internal motivation.”

The confirmation of war also gives Russian authorities more leeway with their own people to announce decisions more commonly associated with a war, such as a further mobilisation.

Tatiana Stanovaya, founder of the R.Politik analysis firm, said: “Now it’s official: the SMO (Special Military Operation) is recognised as a war.

“Of course, the SMO de facto became a war a long time ago, but this is a certain psychological boundary, beyond which different requests can be made of both the population and the elites than during the SMO.”

Mark Galeotti, author of several books on Putin and Russia, said Peskov’s comments sent a powerful signal to the Russian public.

“That internal mobilisation is actually the key thing,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter). “The Kremlin’s demand that every Russian gets into a wartime mindset, and realises there is now no middle ground between being a patriot and a traitor.”

The air attacks targeted civilian infrastructure across multiple cities

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The air attacks targeted civilian infrastructure across multiple citiesCredit: EPA
Fires, explosions and destruction tore through Dnipro and Kharkhiv

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Fires, explosions and destruction tore through Dnipro and KharkhivCredit: Reuters
Ukraine’s largest dam was even targeted in the strikes

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Ukraine’s largest dam was even targeted in the strikesCredit: Reuters

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