Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia will continue the "fight for its national interests" by "all means available" if necessary.
"We will proceed from what we have. There can be only one answer from our side — a consistent fight for our national interests. We will continue to do so and let no one count on anything else ... First of all, of course, we will focus on peaceful means. But if nothing else remains, then we will defend ourselves with all available means at our disposal," he said at the Kremlin.
Out of the 300,000 men called up for the partial mobilization, 150,000 are currently in Ukraine, he told a meeting of Russia's Human Rights Council. "Among them only 77,000 are in combat units, while the rest are in the territorial defense forces or receive additional training," Putin said.
An additional mobilization does "not make sense" currently, he added, saying there is no need for it from the state of the defense ministry.
Putin also promised to resolve the issue of the equipment shortages for Russian troops in Ukraine.
According to Putin, the so-called "special military operation" in Ukraine is a "long process," but he described the emergence of new territories and the Sea of Azov as part of the Russian Federation as a "significant result."