This testifies to the situation of Russian troops in the war in Ukraine.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken commented on Putin’s announcement of partial mobilization in Russia. He noted that this indicates the weakness of the position of Russian troops in the war in Ukraine.
Blinken wrote about this in Тwitter.
He notes that this indicates that the bloody dictator does not act from a position of strength. On the contrary, Putin has demonstrated his weakness, as well as the weakness of his country and his troops.
“President Putin’s call to increase Russian military forces in Ukraine reflects Russia’s struggles on the battlefield and the fact that President Putin is operating from a position of weakness, not strength,” Blinken said.
Mobilization in the Russian Federation: what is known
On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of partial mobilization in the country. According to the Russian leadership, up to 300,000 people with combat experience will primarily be involved in the war against Ukraine.
Putin’s statement is consistent with the analysis of many Western experts that Russia is in need of human resources to continue the war, and Putin himself does not abandon the original intention to occupy the entire territory of Ukraine. In parallel, the leader of the Wagner PMC is recruiting prisoners.
At the same time, in Moscow – against the backdrop of the first successes of the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region – they announced the urgent holding of “referenda” in the occupied regions in the east and south of Ukraine. A number of Western countries have already stated that they do not recognize the results of their implementation. The United States separately noted that Russia “will pay for this.”
Also in Russia, on the eve of Putin’s speech, the punishment for surrender and desertion was significantly toughened. In Kyiv, the beginning of mobilization in the Russian Federation was called Putin’s plan for the disposal of Russians. Zelensky emphasized that now it is Ukraine that holds the initiative at the forefront.