On Wednesday morning, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin finally delivered his overdue speech, announcing a “partial mobilization” of Russian forces. Putin insisted it would affect “only military reservists, mainly those who served in the armed forces and have specific military professions and relevant experience,” and promised that college students would not be drafted, although the new law would go through. The council allows exactly that.
After addressing the nation on Tuesday night, Putin finally appeared on Moscow television on Wednesday morning to deliver what he promised was “the most important speech since the start of the special military operation”. In this speech [warning: link to official Kremlin site]Putin said this mobilization would be immediate, “starting on September 21.”
When Putin failed to show up for his scheduled speech on Tuesday, he was initially said to be planning to speak for more than 3 hours on Wednesday morning, with Russian media posting a large block of time. However, the speech actually lasted only a little over ten minutes. Most of the time was spent simply lying to the hometown crowd about the invasion, blaming NATO and “international terrorists” for his proposed invasion. Putin also claimed that Russia had no choice to invade because Ukraine, which notably gave up hundreds of nuclear weapons on its soil when the Soviet Union collapsed, was “publicly seeking” such weapons.
Putin stated that “The main goal of this operation, which is to liberate all of Donbas, remains unchanged. Demilitarization seems to have disappeared from the Kremlin’s vocabulary, although “Nazi” remains. In fact, Putin used the term at least once a minute while blaming the atrocities in Ukraine, including those that have just unfolded in liberated Kharkiv, on the “neo-Nazi Kiev regime.”
As for the war itself, Putin appeared to admit that progress had been slow. As an excuse, he said that Ukraine has built very complex defense lines supported by western weapons, and that Russian forces are fighting not only “against neo-Nazi units, but actually against the entire collective Western military machine. Due to this, said Putin, Russia slow motion was a feature, not a bug. According to Putin, “a direct attack on them would have caused heavy losses…” And he would surely know.
Speaking of fake referendums, Putin stated that Russia “ will support the future choice made by the majority of the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as the people of Zaporozhye and Kherson regions,” but did not specify what form that support would take before returning to the finale, in which he blamed the West for “facilitating the shooting of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant” and raising the threat of nuclear weapons. Threats that Russia would use nuclear weapons followed.
After Putin’s short speech, all the blanks actually had to be filled by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. According to Shoigu, 300,000 people would be subject to mobilization. Strange, Shoigu said Russia had lost fewer than 6,000 troops, killing “half of Ukraine’s military,” or “more than 100,000.” In fact, according to Shoigu, the entire Kharkov counteroffensive has been a great success for Russia, as they have “killed more Ukrainians in the last three weeks” than Russia has lost in the entire war. (Bonus: Shoigu says Russia destroyed 208 Ukrainian tanks and 970 other vehicles during Kharkov advance. Such a great Russian victory.)
So… Russia has lost less than 6,000. Has killed 100,000. 7,000 Ukrainians killed in the last three weeks. And now 300,000 are being called up to fight half of the remaining Ukrainian army? It doesn’t have to make sense. This is Russia.
Those mobilized will be considered “contract soldiers” rather than conscripts, meaning they can be sent outside of Russia and into combat regions. As for the contract soldiers, many of whom are on contracts for only a few months, all those contracts have been extended “indefinitely”.
It seems that everyone in the Russian military and everyone who is conscripted now serves an infinite amount of time. But wait, it gets better. The Council recently adopted a range of new penalties for desertion, disobeying orders and damaging military equipment. All are now facing severe prison sentences. All this helps to explain why air tickets from Moscow to anywhere are now sold out. And why the biggest increase in Google searches in Russia is how to break an arm or a hand or anything that could stop someone at least for a few weeks.
It also fell Shoigu “after the referendum” to clearly state that Russia will consider the participating territories as part of “Russian territory”. It’s amazing Shoigu apparently knows the results of referendums that have not yet taken place. However, the reason for such a statement is that Russian law allows mobilization in the event of an invasion of Russian territory.
Combined with part of Putin’s speech in which he said:The citizens of Russia can be sure that the territorial integrity of our Motherland, our independence and freedom will be ensured – I emphasize this again – by all the means at our disposal,” this certainly seems to be a threat that will attack any referendum. areas would probably undergo a nuclear reaction. Which actually is no permitted by Russian law. Except in response to a first strike, Russian law allows the use of nuclear weapons only when the very existence of the Russian state is threatened.
But again, Putin and Shoigu must interpret these things as they wish. This is the benefit of a dictator.
Bridget Brink, the US ambassador to Ukraine, summarized the reaction of both the US and the world to Putin’s speech and Shoigu’s deception.
Tanks on Twitter and pro-Russian channels on Telegram are bubbling with many phrases: “Oh guys, you guys are on it now. Just wait. ” Because they are all apparently convinced that Russia kept the whole super soldier at home.
Meanwhile, everyone else points out that adding more people won’t solve Russia’s logistical nightmare. Russia’s ever-increasing shortage of modern weapons will not be solved by Putin waving his fingers at factories and ordering more production when microprocessors and other necessary components are not available. And perhaps most importantly, Russia’s top-down tactics of the 1950s will not be improved simply by involving more people.
It is not clear how long it will take for any of those summoned today to actually arrive in Ukraine. But there are reports that military officers are already walking the streets in some cities – though not Moscow, of course – with “ortaments” for the reservists who are being sent away today.
While we wait for what’s next, here’s a thread from Russian reservists who say they will either refuse to fight or shoot their officers if sent to Ukraine. Here are the tankmen, they are the ones who will save your Russian army.
“I’m not going to fight, b**k you. I will not only surrender immediately, but I will also show you the way to the Kremlin.