Russia announced at least 10,000 volunteers to join the war in Ukraine on the first day of implementing a partial mobilization order issued by President Putin.
“On the first day of the partial mobilization, about 10,000 citizens voluntarily went to the recruitment offices without waiting for a summons,” Russian military spokesman Vladimir Tsimlyansky told Interfax news agency today. .
The statement came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a “partial mobilization” order, calling up a reserve force of about 300,000 people, mainly demobilized soldiers, with military expertise and experience. This is the first time Russia has issued an order to mobilize troops since World War II.
Novaya Gazeta Europe quoted sources as saying that Russia could mobilize up to a million people in the mobilization, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied, saying this information was “lies”.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu emphasized that students and conscripts are not eligible to be mobilized. The number of mobilized troops is equivalent to more than 1% of Russia’s total mobilization potential of 25 million people.
Ukraine and the West criticized Russia’s move, calling it a “bad, wrong step” and a “disturbing escalation”.
Nearly seven months after the conflict, Ukraine recently launched a counter-offensive and recaptured parts of the northeastern province of Kharkov. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the country had regained 6,000 square kilometers of territory since the beginning of the month.
The partial mobilization order came just days after Mr. Putin declared that the battlefield situation had remained essentially unchanged and that the Russian military did not want to act hastily. He said Russia’s advance was slow, but systematic, and gradually took control of more territory.
Huyen Le (Theo AFP, TASS)