Russia completes partial mobilization of citizens in preparation for the Ukraine war
Russia’s first mobilization since World War II was announced by President Vladimir Putin in September. However, the process was chaotic.
According to Russia’s defense ministry, the partial mobilization announced in September following a series of battleground losses in Ukraine is now complete.
The ministry stated that “all activities related to conscription… of citizens in reserve have been stopped” and that no additional call-up notices will be issued.
Russia’s first large-scale mobilization since World War II was announced by President Vladimir Putin on September 21. This is part of a series escalatory actions in response to military setbacks that occurred in northeastern and southern Ukraine.
The draft was necessary to protect the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, but his announcement triggered protests and attacks against draft centers throughout the country. This led to the arrests of thousands.
Sergei Shoigu, Defence Minister, stated at the time that 300,000.00 additional personnel would be drafted. They would be combat specialists.
The Russian government attempted to disguise the draft using the same language that it used to justify February’s full-scale invasion. It justified it as a fight against Nazism, and as an existential confrontation.
However, the mobilization went chaotically with many cases of incorrectly drafted call-up notices being made public. Many thousands fled Russia to avoid being drafted. A survey by Levada Center, an independent pollster, found that nearly half of respondents felt fearful and 13% were angry.
Putin has admitted that mistakes were made. He has created a new coordination committee to increase military efforts and ensure that soldiers sent to the front are well-armed and equipped.
Monday, day 250 of war, was not an official announcement. It did not include a final number for the number of men who were called up.
Enlistment was a tacit admission by Russia that it was facing serious difficulties in a conflict with Ukraine that Putin refuses to call a war. Instead, Putin describes it as a “special military operation”.
Many ordinary Russians felt closer to the conflict when it confronted them or their friends with the possibility of being sent to Ukraine to fight.
Russia holds large areas of southern and eastern Ukraine and partially occupies four of its territories. It has been losing ground since unilaterally declaring its annexation, a move that was denounced both by Kyiv and its Western allies as illegal and by the United Nations General Assembly.
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