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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to intensify the war Call for deputation to join the fight In Ukraine this would mean more troops needing weapons that Moscow is unable to provide.
“Any mobilization will add to the number of troops and forces they have,” Stoltenberg said during the Pull Away interview. 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York City. “It will take time, and they will need equipment. And what we have seen so far is that Russian troops are insufficiently equipped.”
In a seven-minute pre-television address, Putin said he was launching a “partial mobilization” involving all reservists and able-bodied veterans. Battle in Ukraine.
“Citizens who are currently in reserve will be subjected to recruitment,” he said early Wednesday. “And above all, those serving in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience.”
His order comes almost a week after Russia see significant tremors His forces were forced to retreat to the northern Kharkiv region in Ukraine.
The long-awaited counter-attack, which first leaked in May, managed to surprise Russian forces in the northern sector and resulted in a hasty withdrawal, abandoned equipment and reports. failure of command and control in the ranks of the whole of Russia.
Russia also saw high personnel losses, losing “nine to 10”, according to a top Ukrainian Defense Ministry official. Russian soldier for each Ukrainian, although the death toll throughout the war has not been independently verified by Fox News Digital.
Western defense officials said the retreat reflected Russia’s inability to not only regroup its forces, but to add men back into the ranks.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that some 300,000 people are expected to join active duty following Putin’s order, though Stoltenberg said he was hesitant to accept those figures.
“I think we should be careful about the exact number,” he told a Reuters reporter. “But of course, more troops will escalate the conflict, which means more lives, Ukrainian lives, but also more Russian lives.”
The NATO chief said the fastest way to end the war would be for Putin to acknowledge his “major strategic failures” and withdraw his troops.
However, Putin’s reluctance to end his offensive means that NATO will have to support Ukraine as long as it takes it.
“It’s a very close link between strength on the battlefield and what they can achieve at the negotiating table,” Stoltenberg said. “The only way we can help ensure that an acceptable negotiation outcome is to support [Ukraine] on the battlefield.
“If President Putin stops fighting there will be peace. If President Zelensky stops fighting, Ukraine will cease to exist as an independent sovereign nation – so we need to support him to enable a political solution. required,” he said.