Russian President Vladimir Putin has shifted gears in the ongoing war against Ukraine with the announcement that he has ordered a partial mobilization in the country. This comes in the seventh month of the war and after Russia suffered strategic setbacks on the northeastern war front.
This would be the first Russian ‘mobilization’ since the Second World War. In a recorded message broadcast on state TV, Putin attacked the West and warned that he would not give in to “nuclear blackmail”.
“If our country’s territorial integrity is threatened, we use all available means to protect our people – this is not a bluff,” Putin said in his address to the nation. He said Putin said the West wants to destroy Russia and that the people of Ukraine are turned into ‘cannon fodder’ by the West.
Putin also highlighted the Kremlin’s commitment to liberating the Donbass region, where Moscow-backed local administrators are pushing ahead with a referendum on membership in Russia this weekend.
What are the implications of partial mobilization?
Having signed the partial mobilization decree, Putin took the conflict to another level. The ramifications of this movement are serious and of potentially serious consequences. ‘
Here are seven key points
1. Technically, by signing the partial mobilization, Putin has put the country’s people and economy on a war footing.
2. The measure paves the way for the possible recruitment of Russian men of combat age. A long war against Ukraine, which is supported by the West, will mean that Russia will have to increase its military strength.
3. Partial mobilization will begin on Wednesday. While more details are yet to come, what this means is that Putin will immediately funnel more money into the war machine. He also said he is increasing funding to increase weapons production.
4. The obvious implication of the mobilization is that Russian companies and individuals will have to shell out more money to finance the war machine.
5. Russia could formally declare war on Ukraine. In February, Russia said it was launching a special military operation against Ukraine. The terminology may change now, with partial mobilization in effect.
6. Putin is giving the clearest signal that he is not averse to the use of nuclear weapons, tactical or otherwise, while fighting a united West. He said Russia has “many weapons to respond” to the West.
7. The partial mobilization coincides with the referendum movement in the Donbas region. By formally annexing Luhansk and Donetsk, as well as the southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, Putin would be in a position to strategically alter the war narrative, the Kremlin reckons. Once the regions are technically annexed, Moscow will cite territorial integrity and sovereign rights in war to maintain the regions.
Source : www.ibtimes.sg