West warns Russia may be about to mobilize for a second round

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be about to issue a second general mobilization order.

In a report released on January 17, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a think tank based in Washington DC (USA) warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be about to issue a general order. mobilize to strengthen the forces of the Russian army to fight in Ukraine. According to ISW, this general mobilization order could be announced as early as January 18.

ISW’s prediction comes after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov revealed that President Putin would give a speech in St. Petersburg on January 18 on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of the Nazi offensive on Leningrad.

“President Putin often uses symbolic holidays to make important announcements to the Russian people. We do not exclude the possibility that Putin will take advantage of this opportunity to announce a general decree. 2nd batch of members. Over the past time, Ukrainian and Western intelligence officials have repeatedly warned that this decree will be issued in mid-January, “said the ISW report.

Previously, at the end of September 2022, a partial mobilization order was announced by President Putin, thereby calling up trained reservists as well as people with military experience aged 35 and over and below in Russia.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on October 29 confirmed that the above mobilization order had been completed with more than 300,000 troops mobilized to reinforce forces fighting in Ukraine.

Also in the report on January 17, the ISW said that the Russian military is working on many important reforms to increase its combat capabilities in Ukraine. Accordingly, the style and combat discipline of Russian soldiers will be tightened from small-scale units.

The Russian military is also urgently reinforcing the defense line in the city of Kreminna in the Lugansk region after fierce attacks by the Ukrainian side. In Donetsk, the ISW said pro-Moscow forces there are still concentrating on the Bakhmut and Soledar fronts. However, Ukrainian soldiers are still holding their defensive positions.

In addition, the ISW revealed that the Russian army in Kherson is having difficulty providing reinforcements for the defense of the left bank of the Dnieper. The reason for this obstacle is that Russia’s supply routes in the region have recently been repeatedly attacked by Ukrainian artillery.

The Russian Defense Ministry has not yet commented on the information.

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