Russia is preparing to deploy an additional 300,000 troops to Ukraine by June 1, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart Alexander Stubb, as reported by RBC-Ukraine.

“We don't need half a million. The corresponding number that was not at the front - they will be at the front. As for the exact number, I am not ready to say how many will be mobilized,” Zelensky said.

“I can say that Russia is preparing to mobilize an additional 300,000 troops on June 1," he added.

British intelligence sources indicate that Russia's ongoing recruitment drive, is enlisting approximately 30,000 new soldiers monthly.

In late March, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree for the annual spring conscription, aiming to draft 150,000 soldiers into the Russian army. Although the Kremlin has said that conscripts would not be sent to Ukraine, in line with existing legislation, this promise has not been kept in the past. It is likely, therefore, that many of the 2024 intake will join Russia’s forces carrying out the ongoing Ukraine invasion.

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According to Andrii Kharuk, a professor at Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Ground Forces Academy, conscripts can be pressured or forced to sign contracts with the Russian army to make them eligible to be sent to the front line.

“They will put pressure on these young guys. And after signing the contracts they can be used as ‘gun meat.’ But not many of them are going to do this because even in the Russian regions people already know how bloody the war is here, so I think they will get about 20-25 percent of conscripts to sign contracts,” Kharuk told Kyiv Post.

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Russia is testing out new mobilization systems, including electronic summons Ukrainian analyst and serviceman Illya Krotenko wrote on his Facebook.

Krotenko wrote: “If the conscript ignores it for seven days, he becomes a criminal with all the penalties – such as fines, sanctions on operations with real estate, prohibition from holding a driver's license, etc.”

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Ukraine's Military Intelligence earlier suggested that the recent Islamic State terrorist attack on the Crocus City Hall shopping center near Moscow, where 144 people died and which the Kremlin has attempted to pin on Ukraine, will be exploited by the regime to bolster its mobilization efforts.

Following the Kremlin's accusation of Kyiv’s involvement, which was made without declaring any evidence, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed Wednesday that more Russians are reportedly signing military contracts to fight in Ukraine in order to “avenge” those killed in the Islamic State’s Moscow attack.

“In Moscow and other Russian cities, the number of people willing to enlist in the Russian Armed Forces under contract has significantly increased,” the Russian Defense Ministry posted on Telegram, on April 3.

It claimed that over the past 10 days, about 16,000 citizens have signed contracts to participate in the so-called “special military operation” – the term the Kremlin uses to refer to its war in Ukraine – adding that “up to 1,700 people come to contract recruitment centers across the country every day to enlist in the military.”

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Meanwhile, in a bid to address Ukraine's urgent need for additional troops, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has approved a law to lower the army mobilization age from 27 to 25, almost a year after it was approved by parliament.

Zelensky said in December the army wanted to mobilize up to half a million people to battle Moscow's forces in Ukraine.  

In February, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament endorsed a bill aimed at facilitating the enlistment of more soldiers into the armed forces.

The new mobilization draft law is intended to address mobilization issues. It passed its first reading on Feb. 12, which allowed amendments to be made to it. After the amendments are considered, it will be voted on a second time after which it will become law (or not).

However, some 4,300 amendments, most of them proposed by President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People party, have been put forward and are holding up the process.

You can read more on the pending mobilization issues in Ukraine here.

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K. Brown
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Why would you believe anything Russia says? They never tell the truth.

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Mark Rockford
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Things are about to get real interesting in Russia. Are Russians still such sheep that 300,000 of them are going to shuffle off to the recruitment office without complaint? They know full well what awaits them in Ukraine: death. In an autocratic solution, there are only a few people that need to be removed for real change to take place. Russians should focus their energies on removing Putin, not being his slaves.

Mark Rockford
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@Mark Rockford, in an autocratic SYSTEM, I meant to write. My point being that 5-10 people is all that are assuring certain death for hundreds of thousands of Russians. Remove Putin, and peace can be achieved.

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John
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So this is why putin either staged or facilitated the recently ISIS massacre at the Crocus Concert Hall. Just like the KGB staged "Chechen bombing of Moscow", it's simply timely propaganda tool to garner russian support for warring against a once peaceful neighbour.

Falsehood always underpin putin's recruitment drives. These soldiers will be dying for a lie.

From an allied perspective it is no longer enough to just send Ukraine arms. We must join Ukraine in its physical defence.....bring the best we have to offer to the final takedown match of the invading orcs.

The russian people can then decide what they want to do with their psychotic murderous loser.
1. Keep him in power, and remain a oppressed, declining, globally outcast, pariah nation.
2. Dispose of him, and once reparations are made to Ukraine and its allies; in humility for their past support of their criminal leader, ask to rejoin the civilized world.

Bob Boomhauer
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@John, my goodness how fucking stupid can you be? Don’t bother to answer as it’s a rhetorical question.

JOhn
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@Bob Boomhauer, Well how can any of us be brilliant troll bob if russia never shares its superior wisdom with the the allied Ukraine supporters. Documented false content from its network of propaganda spewing websites:

* Have a standard set of narratives justifying russia's its full-scale invasion and war against Ukraine: fakes narratives about “Nazis in Ukraine,” and “self-defense” against “NATO’s eastward expansion.”
* Claim that Russia will inevitably win and defeat Ukraine.
* Blame the West and NATO for all the world's troubles.
* Criticize mainstream media in an attempt to discredit it and improve sowing putins' disinformation
* Promote conspiracy theories and disseminating the opinions of “pseudo-experts” about the decline and imminent fall of the United States, the European Union, and the Western world
* Positively cover and even encourage protests in Europe and other democratic nations.
* Praise particularly Donald Trump whose statements directly align with the Kremlin’s interests (...now why would that be.....duh).

And then whenever new content appears on the remaining world's worth of credible websites, the MRGA trolls only ever insult it and verbally abuse its readers without.....but still no facts to debunk it?

How boring. How are we expected to learn anything new from the MRGA trolls who take that tact?

Please help us be smarter oh wisest of MRGA trolls. Please give us some new content to work with that is actually true.

Nicolas
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@JOhn, Right to the point although I wouldn't bother wasting precious words on this scum. They will never change but it doesn't mean they won't have to pay the high price, and especially those who propagate this nightmarish poisonous 'ruski world' - all in good time.

John
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@Nicolas, You are right. Albeit with the trolls cycling through the same false talking points over and over again, it's mostly a cut and past effort for me these days.

Even when a bit more research is required, I'm still enjoying debunking trolls. It's become an addictive spare time hobby.

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db
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@Bob Boomhauer, YOU ARE FUCKING RUSSIAN SCUM. FUCK OFF BACK TO RUSSIA OR FIGH TO SUPPORT UKRAINE ...

Bob Boomhauer
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@db, why so angry you little fucker?

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