The leadership of the Russian Federation understands its loss in the war against Ukraine, but is trying to delay the end through a desperate attempt at partial mobilization.
As an Ukrinform correspondent reports, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to international organizations in Vienna Yevhen Tsymbalyuk said this at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday in Vienna.
“Dictators never admit mistakes until their desperate decisions lead to their personal disaster. This is evidenced by the partial mobilization announced yesterday by President Putin and Minister Shoigu. If, according to Shoigu, Russia lost only about 5,900 of its military – which is not true – then why does Russia need partial mobilization? No matter what is said, the Kremlin clearly understands that they are losing,” he said.
The Ukrainian ambassador noted that the partial mobilization announced the day before by Putin “does not change anything on the ground.”
“For months, covert mobilization has been going on that cannot change the dynamics of the war. And the official announcement was just a formality. By his decision, Putin confirmed that he is ready to throw more people into the fire of a war that he has no chance of winning. He does not care about thousands of ordinary Russians and how many coffins will come to Russian families. He really only cares about the continuation of his kleptocratic rule,” Tsymbalyuk emphasized.
He also pointed out that the new legislation, voted by the Russian parliament ahead of the mobilization announcement and establishing penalties for desertion and voluntary surrender, “points to problems with Russian soldiers who are unwilling to die for Putin’s imperialist war.”
Separately, the head of the Ukrainian mission to the OSCE also stressed that “no matter how many illegitimate polls the Russian Federation conducts in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, the result will be the same – these” referendums “will be invalid.”
“All Ukrainian regions will be liberated from Russian occupation. The Russian leadership will be held accountable for terror, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on Ukrainian soil,” he stressed.
According to Tsymbalyuk, even after months of defeat, “Putin still cannot understand what Ukraine is.” “He still continues to underestimate the determination of Ukrainians to resist the occupation. He still does not want to admit that there is no support in Ukraine for his “Russian world”. But Putin still believes that he can deceive the world with staged shows in the occupied territories,” he added.
Given the new escalation from the Russian side, the Ukrainian ambassador noted that now is the time for the international community to “deprive Russia of money” and introduce additional sanctions and closed the loopholes that allowed the Kremlin regime to stay afloat.
“Another effective means of deterring the Kremlin’s plans would be to quickly arm Ukraine in sufficient numbers. Ukraine can and must win this war on its own terms,” he said.
As Ukrinform reported, on September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on “partial mobilization”, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be mobilized in the Russian Federation. The paragraph of the decree on the number of persons to be mobilized has not been published.
According to media reports, this item allows the Russian Ministry of Defense to call up one million people.