Lviv (Ukraine), Sep 21 (EFE).- Ukraine maintains that the partial mobilization announced this Wednesday in Moscow demonstrates the “incapability” of the Russian professional army, while minimizing the “false referendums” it wants organize in the occupied territories.

Vladimir Putin’s decision to mobilize 300,000 troops of their reserve to prepare them for war against Ukraine has only one logic, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: Putin “wants to drown Ukraine in blood”.

“All these people don’t know how to fight. These cadets fell. They came to die among us,” Zelenski said in an interview published by German newspaper Bild. “We already know that he mobilized cadets, boys who did not know how to fight. They couldn’t even finish their training,” he added.

Volodimir Zelensky, in a file image.  EFE/EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO
Volodimir Zelensky, in a file image. EFE/EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

For his part, Sergiy Nikiforov, press secretary to the Ukrainian president, predicted that the Russian army will not be able to train and equip the newly mobilized soldiers, just as it did not prepare its troops at the start of the invasion.

“Russia needs an army of millions because it sees that many of those who came have fled.”

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

These 300,000 additional soldiers, he added, who yesterday were only “inexperienced recruits”, will be sent where even “bandits” or “mercenaries” have failed.

The mobilization announced in Russia is “a tragedy, above all, for the Russian people” and serves as recognition of the “inability of the professional army” of Russia, insisted Nikiforov in comments to the Ukrainian public television channel Suspend.

“The Russian authorities – he added – will compensate for the failure of their professional army by increasing the levels of violence and repression against their own people”.

LOW NUMBER

According to data from the Ukrainian presidency, the losses of the Russian army “are more than enormous”, exceeding 100,000 dead and wounded.

“Probably closer to 150,000,” according to Oleksiy Arestovich, adviser to the head of the presidential office in Ukraine.

However, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said on Wednesday that the Russian military had lost 5,937 soldiers in Ukraine and killed or injured some 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers.

INTEGRATION REFERENDUMS

Ukrainian authorities have downplayed the intention of pro-Russian Ukrainian communities to call referendums on integration with Russia in the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, efforts to which other communities in the occupied territories of Kherson and Zaporizhia have also been associated.

For Kyiv, these “fake referendums” and partial Russian mobilization “will only lead to a faster ‘collapse’ and ‘revolution’ in Russia, according to Arestovich.

Russian soldiers in the city of Kherson. EFE/EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

According to this adviser, the mobilization would break the informal “social contract”, which is the basis of the Putin regime, and believes that most Russians will only see the war on their “television screens”.

The lack of motivation, Arestovich assures, along with the large number of people he believes oppose the war and will soon be armed, could make these soldiers a threat to Putin’s control of power.

He also dismisses the fear of a possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia: “Why would he call for mobilization, if in fact he was preparing to use nuclear weapons?”

So far, at least in occupied Kherson, its residents told Efe they have seen no real preparations for the “referendum”, since most residents have fled or are focused on survival.

Viktor, a resident of southern Kherson, said via Messenger that he only heard about the “so-called referendum” through social media.

“The Russians have already prepared the results of the ‘popular plebiscite’ and will simply publish the figures soon,” said the resident.

Web edited: Javier Agramunt

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