Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during an event to mark the 1160th anniversary of Russia’s statehood in Veliky Novgorod on September 21, 2022.
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Putin on Wednesday announced a partial military mobilization order seven months into the Ukraine war.
But experts say the move is unlikely to bolster Russia’s struggling military performance.
Mobilization of troops takes time, training, and infrastructure — all of which Russia is lacking.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced a partial mobilization of Russia’s military in an effort to combat the country’s glaring manpower problem amid the war in Ukraine. But more than seven months into the conflict, Putin’s late-in-the-game decision is unlikely to change the tides of war anytime soon, according to experts.
Putin launched his unprovoked war against Ukraine in February, but it took seven months and a series of recent Ukrainian victories for the president to publicly escalate his country’s war efforts.
Russia experts and foreign countries alike are in agreement that Putin’s Wednesday morning speech — which included threats of nuclear force — was a sign that the country’s invasion is going poorly, and Putin knows it.
The president announced this week that Russia will call up 300,000 reservists to join the fight, but mobilization at that level can take months to produce results, according to experts. Ukraine, on the other hand, ordered full military mobilization just days after the war began and is just now reaping the benefits.
“It’s really difficult to imagine a way in which this actually has a big impact on the battlefield,” Simon Miles, an assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a historian of the Soviet Union and US-Soviet relations, told Insider.
It could take more than a month for reservists to deploy
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