Putin declares reserve mobilization and those who served in the Army

MOSCOW ($1=61.82 Russian Rubles) — The Russian president announced a partial mobilization. The military reserve of Russia and citizens who served in the Russian army were mobilized. Citizens who have certain military specialties and relevant experience are also subject to mobilization.

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The Russian president’s statement was announced live on all Russian state television. Russian President Vladimir Putin did it personally from his office. According to the online portal GlobalFirePower, in 2022 Russia has 250,000 military in reserve and another 250,000 paramilitary.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, has been going on for eight months. Despite attempted blitzkrieg attacks and some successes during the summer, the Russian army began to suffer serious defeats. In recent weeks, the Ukrainian armed forces have launched a counter-offensive. They began to take back some parts of the territories temporarily occupied by Russia, such as the Izyum region.

In recent weeks there have been reports of abandoned Russian weapons and ammunition. Russia clearly does not want to recognize the losses it is suffering and analyzes the situation through the lens of the “invincible Russian army”. I.e. according to Russian experts, the Russian army is not suffering defeats but is retreating to mobilize and take counter-attacking actions.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

Western Military District of Russia will receive T-90 Proryv tanks
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On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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