Putin announces partial mobilization
Nearly seven months after the start of the war against Ukraine, Russia ordered a partial mobilization of its own armed forces. He made this decision after a proposal from the Ministry of Defense and signed the decree, said Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin in a televised speech in the morning.
300,000 reservists are provided
The partial mobilization will begin this Wednesday. He also wants to use it to solve personnel problems at the front. According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoïgou, 300,000 reservists must be mobilized against Ukraine.
According to Choïgou, 5,937 Russian soldiers have been killed since the start of the Russian offensive on 24 February – a number far lower than Ukrainian and Western estimates. He added that his country was fighting “not so much against Ukraine as against the West”.
At the same time, Putin announced that he would support fictitious referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine on accession to Russia.
Putin: All the “means available”
Russia will use all “available means” to protect its territory, Putin said in his address to the nation.
This is not a bluff. (…) Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons must know that the wind can also turn in their direction.
Habeck: continued support for Ukraine
According to Putin, partial mobilization means that reservists will be recruited. He assured them that they would have the same status and salary as the current contract soldiers, and that they would receive military training before going to the front.
Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck criticized the announced partial mobilisation of the armed forces. This is another escalation of the illegal war against Ukraine, said the green politician. Habeck called this step a mistake:
What does partial mobilization mean?
Military expert Carlo Masala believes that partial mobilization is a common ground for Putin. “It activates the reserve and those who have served,” said Masala.
Russia quantifies Ukraine’s losses
Nearly seven months into the war, Russia estimates that more than 60,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed. In addition, nearly 50,000 were injured, so that the total “casualties” amount to more than 100,000, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shugou on state television in the morning.
As a result, Ukraine has lost more than half of its former armed forces, which would initially have consisted of more than 200,000 people, Choïgou said. This could not be independently verified. Ukraine itself estimated the death toll in its own ranks at the end of August at nearly 9,000.