KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO – SATURDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2022, 00:33
Lieutenant General Serhiy Naiev, Commander of the Joint Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, reports that the number of mobilised the Russians have at hand is about 2 million, with a potential total of about 29 million.
Source: Naiev on air during the joint 24/7 newscast
Quote from Naiev: "The Russian Federation has prepared a mobilisation resource of about 2 million people. Overall, their potential mobilised force amounts to about 29 million people.
In their desire to achieve the goals they set for themselves, the Russians will increase the number of people mobilised. Therefore, we should be prepared for such a situation and ready to deal with it on our own terms".
Details: Naiev explained that many of those mobilised were recently released from military service and have participated in military training.
Answering the question whether the Russian mobilisation will be able to stop the Ukrainian counteroffensive, Naiev emphasised that everything depends on the resources that Russia will have available and the resources that will be supplied to Ukraine by its partners.
"In this struggle for resources, of course, Western weapons are more modern and highly accurate. Whatever is given to us, we very quickly master and use. Hence, if we receive the necessary amount of weapons and military equipment in time, then the advantage will be on our side", he assured.
Regarding the 300,000 mobilised announced by Russia, Naiev expressed the opinion that this would lead to the creation of new military formations on the territory of the Russian Federation, "which the military-political leadership of the Russian Federation and their military command will try to regroup, thereby possibly affecting the revision of their strategic offensive operation".
"They can form more than 3 army corps, 4 divisions, 10 regiment-level organisational structures, 10 motorised rifle divisions of territorial troops and up to 3-4 brigades of territorial troops. In other words, it is a very powerful force, but it takes time to prepare", he said.
Naiev confirmed that mobilised Russians are arriving on the territory of Donetsk Oblast and other fronts.
Answering a question about a possible new offensive from Belarus, in particular on Kyiv, Naiev emphasised that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are currently ready for this, and in the event of increased threats will also increase its own forces.
On 21 September, against the background of the successful Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkiv Oblast and in anticipation of the annexation of 4 other oblasts of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilisation in the Russian Federation. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be mobilised
Russian journalists discovered that as part of that mobilisation, 1.2 million people are going to be conscripted into the Russian Armed Forces, instead of 300,000.
On 28 September, it was reported that the first mobilised soldiers had already reached the front line in Ukraine.
On 13 October, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, stated that the mobilised Russians are placing significant pressure on Ukrainian fighters, although the new conscripts are poorly trained and are being used as "cannon fodder" by the Russian authorities.
On 14 October, Putin announced that the partial mobilisation in the Russian Federation would be completed by the end of October: since September 21, 222,000 Russians had allegedly already been mobilised.