On September 26, Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, gave an interview with German TV service Tagesschau, in which he said that there would be no additional mobilization for the time being.
With Russia having just begun a military mobilization, he was asked whether Ukraine should mobilize as well.
“Unlike the Russian Federation, we are a pragmatic country, and we look at the mathematics of war. We know exactly where and how many people there should be. We take into account training and morale. We have already created reserves through the territorial defense system and will actively use these reserves. Today we are not forced to announce an additional mobilization. We have everything, and we are ready for more Russian troops,” Podolyak said.
He also noted that Ukraine “has not had as many losses on the military side compared to the Russian Federation.”
Podolyak added that Ukraine would defend its territory, even though Russia has nuclear weapons, as there is a risk of completely losing the country.
About a million citizens have been recruited into the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, in July. Mobilization in Ukraine began in February after Russia’s full-scale invasion, and will continue until martial law is lifted. Men will continue to be drafted according to their military specialties.
On August 15, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted laws approving the decrees of the President of Ukraine “on extending the period of martial law in Ukraine” until November 21, 2022, and “on extending the period of general mobilization.”
On September 21, 2022, “partial” mobilization was announced in Russia: 300,000 reservists will be sent to the war against Ukraine.
In February, the Russian command planned a blitzkrieg to capture Ukraine with 150,000 troops. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 57,200 Russian servicemen have been killed so far in Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale war.
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