Early yesterday, in a rare televised message, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed his compatriots, whom he informed he had ordered a partial mobilization of reservists to be sent to the front in Ukraine. Shortly after, his Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigo, specified that the call-ups would be around 300,000 with combat experience, and that among them would be neither students nor recruits, emphasizing the adjective. partial Applied for this military increase in Ukraine. In passing, Shoigu acknowledged that Russia has so far lost about 6,000 troops in Ukraine, a figure that Western sources have already put at tens and thousands.
The order, for various reasons, represents a turning point in Putin’s invasion of what he called a “special military operation” from the outset, avoiding the term “special military operation” at all costs. war , and, also, in the belief that the Russians might have. First, it means that Russia has shown the military weakness of a country that dreams of something like an imperial reconstruction, and also acknowledges that the invasion is not going well, apart from something obvious from the beginning. , when Moscow failed attempts to take Kyiv and overthrow its government in a few days. Secondly, it means exposing itself to the discontent of the population, which will hardly be able to escape the reality of war, as Russia has up to 25 million reservists, most of whom certainly do not want to see themselves fighting. . Likewise Ukraine. night
in the morning. Third, mobilization includes:
Putin’s flight ahead, which is moving in the opposite direction to a possible negotiated solution to the conflict and,
At the same time, tests the fidelity of your inner circle
Next, where there is anxiety and discontent about the course of events.
The mobilization ordered by Putin is “another bad and wrong decision by Russia”.
German Chancellor Robert Hebeck yesterday described Putin’s movement in a succinct and forceful way: “another bad and wrong decision by Russia”. The Russian president clearly sees things differently. Although this requires him to constantly twist reality, accusing West of nuclear blackmailing him – when he recalled that he had nuclear weapons only three days after launching the invasion, and yesterday he vowed to use it again. threatened. Or confirming that it has a lot of weapons – when it has recently requested countries like Iran or North Korea. Or assuring that he is in Ukraine to defend himself – when he invaded the country without provocation. Or to emphasize that he is not bluffing – when he lies so often.
The impact on the battlefield of Russian mobilization would not be immediately visible. Although Putin said the operation started yesterday, the truth is that deploying so many troops on the ground, and even more so at a time when Kyiv has taken the initiative and occupied nearly 10,000 square kilometers in a few weeks. is, will not sew and sings
Meanwhile, things do not seem to be getting much better on the domestic front. Fear is spreading among young Russian professionals. As much as Shoigo spoke of selective mobilization that would not affect him, yesterday’s messages made no clear commitment to the limits of the new deployment of troops. Shortly after, plane tickets to foreign destinations were sold out, and there was more influx at border points. And the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, said in a gloomy tone, that the mobilization would lead to “a great tragedy” and bring “a huge number of deaths”. Unfortunately, you may be right.