He added the conflict was a “brutal needless war, a war chosen by one man, to be very blunt”. Also speaking in New York, PM Liz Truss dismissed Putin’s threats of nuclear war as just more “sabre rattling” to cover for his “catastrophic failures”. Putin’s delayed address at 7am UK time — 9am in Russia — came amid more concern over his health and mental stability. He banned all two million reservists from leaving yesterday while crazily accusing the West of blackmailing the world to the edge of nuclear armageddon. 7 Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu issued an order to call up 300,000 reservists Credit: AP“Russian citizens can be sure that the territorial integrity of our homeland, our independence and our freedom will be secured.