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Ukraine, Kyiv challenges Russia on partial mobilization

Ukraine challenges Moscow on partial mobilization. Zaluzhnyi: “We beat the professionals and now we will defeat the ‘amateurs'”. Mass escapes from Russia to abroad continue

“We beat Russia’s professional army and now it’s time to win the amateur one.” With these words, the Ukrainian Chief of Defense, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, challenges Moscow and the partial mobilization of the 300,000 reserve soldiers, announced by Vladimir Putin. Mobilization, which, moreover, is not going according to expectations. Despite the severe penalties foreseen for unauthorized demonstrations, the population of the Federation continues to take to the streets. From Dagestan to Yakutia the chorus is unanimous: “It is not our war”. In addition, the escapes of possible conscripts to neighboring countries continue, from Mongolia to Kazakhstan. Putin has also tried to address the large community of Russian Jews, asking for a “strong contribution”, but even in this case most of them want to flee to Israel.

The conscripts are unfamiliar with Russian military systems and procedures. Also, they don’t want to fight. There is a risk of catastrophe

Zaluzhnyi’s defiant words to Russia have a concrete basis. Conscripts, even those who have served in the armed forces in the past, will face numerous problems. First of all, they are unaware of Moscow’s new weapon systems and the procedures adopted. Learning them in a short time will be very difficult and consequently there is a real risk that they will make fatal mistakes. Furthermore, except in some cases, they are not motivated to fight against Ukraine. On the contrary. There is therefore the possibility that they will rebel against orders or do not carry them out correctly. Moscow’s only alternative to avoid a catastrophe is to keep them guarding sensitive targets at home, freeing up professional forces to be sent to the front. But in that case, even if the latter were to be defeated, who would protect the Federation and above all the institutions?

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