Putin says Russia will not give in to 'blackmail and intimidation'

Russian President Vladimir Putin makes an address in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at an event to mark the 1,160-year of Russia's statehood, said on Wednesday that the country will not lose its sovereignty and won't give in to "blackmail and intimidation".

Speaking hours after he declared partial mobilization to bolster Moscow's special military operation in Ukraine, he also lauded Russian military, which he said was fighting to save people in Ukraine's region of Donbas.

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)