Putin announced partial mobilization in Russia. Military expert Oleh Zhdanov: it is a cry of despair

The decision of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to “partially mobilize” the holding of so-called referenda on the territory of Ukraine is a cry of despair and an expression of desperation – said Ukrainian military expert Oleh Zhdanov. As he added, “it doesn’t change anything for Ukraine”.

At Wednesday morning Putin announced in Russia partial mobilization. Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu he stated that the partial mobilization was to involve people with military experience. According to him, it is about 300,000 people.

Putin also announced his support for the so-called “referenda” in the occupied territories Ukrainewhich he called “the historical lands of Novorossiya”.

Four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine announced on Tuesday that they intend to hold referenda on joining Russia. These are the self-proclaimed so-called People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as the occupied parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts.

Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine (09/20/2022)PAP / EPA / YEVGEN HONCHARENKO

“Putin is trying to stretch the ideology that Russia is in danger”

– This is a cry of despair because the Russians have understood that they are losing at the front and are not able to hold the already occupied territories. The Russian army is withdrawing and the issue of liberating these areas by Ukrainian forces is only a matter of time – said military expert Oleh Zhdanov in an interview with the Polish Press Agency on Wednesday.

– Today Putin is trying to “stretch” the ideology that Russia is in danger – said the analyst. In his opinion, mobilization at the moment will have no effect, because this ideology does not work.

Russian soldiers in the Kherson region (9 September) PAP / EPA / RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE HANDOUT

– The Russian army does not want to fight. These three hundred thousand will collect until the New Year. The mobilization had to be announced in March, when someone else could believe these stories about “Nazis” in Ukraine – said the expert.

“Putin wants to create an empire”

In his opinion, “for Ukraine, these ‘pseudo-referenda’ do not change anything, nobody in the world will recognize them.” – The more so because combat operations are underway in these areas, and they are to be ‘remote voting’. There are connectivity problems in these areas, not to mention the Internet, he added.

A Russian woman against the backdrop of a mural supporting the Russian aggression against Ukraine, Moscow, 20 SeptemberPAP / EPA / MAXIM SHIPENKOV

According to Zhdanov, Putin does not intend to join the occupied territories right away. – That’s why he said about the “lands of Novorossiya”. In my opinion, this may be an attempt to create an entity called Novorossiya or Novoukraine – predicts Zhdanov. In his opinion, the occupation of “even a square meter” means a new package of sanctions, which for Russia “may become the last one before it collapses.”

– Putin wants to revive the Soviet Union, or rather create an empire within the borders of the USSR. Taking Zaporizhia Oblast and joining Russia is not “imperialist style”. No, he would like to create a separate entity first and then, for example, include it in the federal state. He dreams about it – he has already done it with Lukashenka, and now he is pushing Armenia Said Zhdanov. – Now the reaction of the West is crucial, there must be an appropriate response to the challenge put by Putin – he stressed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin PAP / EPA

“What other argument can Russia use besides nuclear weapons?”

Nuclear threats are an element of intimidation, argues the analyst. Kremlin propagandists argue that after the annexation, the Kremlin will treat the occupied territories as part of its territory and will “have untied hands to use all means.”

Putin suggested the same on Wednesday.

– And what other argument can Russia use besides nuclear weapons? Putin says: “You won’t listen to me, there will be a nuclear war.” At least the leaders USA, and the UK indirectly, through the media, made it clear to him that in the event of the use of weapons of mass destruction, they reserve the right to react. And the West knows perfectly well where his bunker is located – said Zhdanov.

– Then I have a question: why did they not answer when Ukraine launched attacks in Crimea? After all, they knew very well that Ukraine was behind them – he added.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / MAXIM SHIPENKOV

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