President Putin has announced a partial military mobilization to help fight the war in Ukraine.
In a television address, President Putin said the West wanted the end of Russia, just as it had brought the Soviet Union to an end.
It comes a day after Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine announced votes on joining Russia would be held.
That mobilization, the first since World War II, is aimed at those with previous military experience.
Mr. Putin said he would support independence in areas of eastern Ukraine.
Here's some of what President Putin said in his address on Russian television.
"I repeat: we are talking of a partial mobilization only. Only people in the military reserve will be drafted.
“我要重申：我们所说的只是部分动员 。只有在预备役的公民才会被征召入伍 。
The priority will be on people who served in the armed forces, who have military specialization and experience.
Those drafted before being sent to the places of service will have mandatory additional training, relying on experience gained during the special military operation.
The decree on partial mobilization has been signed."
While the Russian president also issued this blunt warning:
"I want to remind those who allow themselves such statements about Russia that our country also has a variety of weapons of destruction.
And if the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will, without question, use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. This is not a bluff."
如果我们国家的领土完整受到威胁，毫无疑问，我们将动用一切可以动用的手段来保护俄罗斯和我们的人民 。这不是虚张声势 。”