A US think tank said Monday that Russia’s “partial” military mobilization would generate additional forces, but ineffectively and at high domestic social and political costs. In assessing the war.
President Vladimir Putin announced the efforts last week amid a counterattack in Ukraine that has driven his forces away from thousands of miles of territory they captured earlier in the seven-month-old war. His defense ministry says the mobilization will add about 300,000 soldiers to the Russian army.
The assessment by the Institute for the Study of War says forces generated by partial mobilization are unlikely to “significantly add to the net combat power of the Russian Army in 2022”. The assessment adds that Putin must fix “fundamental flaws” in Russia’s military personnel and equipment systems if the mobilization is to have any significant impact even in the long run.
The assessment notes that “Putin’s actions thus far indicate that he is more interested in pushing corpses onto the battlefield than in remedying these fundamental flaws.”
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Voting concluded on Tuesday in four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine where the Kremlin held referendums to allow the territory to be annexed. “The Russians see the citizens’ fear and reluctance to vote, so they are forced to receive people,” said Ivan Fedorov, the Ukrainian mayor of the Russian-controlled city of Melitopol. Ukraine, the United States and many other countries rejected the referendums as “sham”.
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A man entered a military enlistment office in the Siberian city of Ust Ilimsk on Monday and shot the military commander at close range, according to Russian media reports. “No one is going to fight,” said the man, who was identified in the media as 25-year-old Ruslan Zinin, and “we’re all going home now.”
“In a hot pursuit, the suspect was detained by the National Guard,” investigators of the Irkutsk region. He said in a statement.
Local authorities said the military commander is in intensive care. Zinin was reportedly upset about sending a summons notice to his best friend who had no combat experience. Military experience was supposed to be the primary criterion for the project.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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