Russia plans to engage 300,000 reservists, building an arsenal to counter Ukraine
As it announced a partial mobilization on Wednesday, Russia plans to use the resources of its vast – nearly 25 million – reserves, which have combat experience and military expertise.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree ‘On the Declaration of Partial Mobilization in the Russian Federation’ early Wednesday, calling his countrymen to military service.
This, he said during a speech on national television, is being done to take all necessary steps to protect Russia’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, to counter the “aggressive policy of part of the Western elite”, who are “trying with all their might” to “maintain their dominance” during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Later in the day, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, in an address to a collegium of his ministry, informed them that deployment structures, military units, military commissariat and reinforcements were ready for mobilization.
He said there are plans to call about 300,000 reservists, which is “one percent or a little more” of the total mobilization resource, adding that there is “no question” of any mobilization of students studying at universities.
“The time has come to put the experience gained during the annual strategic exercise into practice,” Shoigu said in his opening remarks at the meeting.
The decree, which came into force immediately, states that Russian citizens called up for military service by mobilization have the status of military personnel serving in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation under a contract.
Once recruited, the reservists will be re-trained and the crew, teams, squads and platoons will be coordinated before they are assigned the task.
The Russian Defense Minister also revealed in an interview that Ukraine has suffered significant losses, having lost 61,207 soldiers since the bloodshed began on 24 February, while Moscow’s losses amounted to 5,937 casualties.
“That’s why they’re in the fourth wave of mobilization, about 300,000 have been raised. And, as you can see, probably through different channels, information resources, this work continues in different directions, as they say : station from beach to beach, is a capture,” said the general of the Russian army.
Russia is also moving vigorously to increase the production capacity of its defense industry enterprises and modernize them to combat military equipment used during hostilities with Ukraine.
At a meeting with the heads of defense industry enterprises on Tuesday, Putin discussed issues related to the supply of weapons, equipment and ammunition to the troops, mainly for those units and subunits operating in Ukraine ‘special participating in military operations.
“I would also like to emphasize the fact that our equipment effectively opposes the Western model of weapons. To support the current regime in Kyiv, as is known, almost all the stocks of the NATO arsenal are thrown. This means that we must and can study the arsenal, what is there and what is being used against us, qualitatively increase our capabilities and, based on the experience gained, improve our equipment, our weapons , where necessary,” he told the country’s gathering of defense experts.
Even as the war continued, Putin revealed that the Russian defense industry supplied foreign partners with more than $6 billion worth of military products in six months of the year.
The Russian president said that the country’s defense industry organizations need to ensure the delivery of necessary weapons and equipment to troops and means of destruction “as quickly as possible”, which, according to him, can only be done by increasing production capabilities. Shortest possible time, maximizing load on equipment, optimizing technological cycles and minimizing production time, without compromising on quality.