The Kremlin is not considering a full or partial mobilization in Russia in the wake of the defeat of the Russian army in Kharkiv Oblast, Russian news agency Interfax reported on Sept. 13, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Earlier, on Sept. 12, Russian State Duma member Mikhail Sheremet called for full mobilization in the country.
Sheremet, a lawmaker from the United Russia party, the largest party in the Kremlin’s rubberstamp parliament, suggested that a full mobilization be carried out, otherwise Russia would fail to achieve its “goals” in its the war in Ukraine.
“Not now, we’re not talking about it (mobilization),” Peskov said.
While Russia is waging full-scale war in Ukraine, it has not officially declared war, which would provide the legal grounds for a full mobilization.
The Kremlin instead refers to its war on Ukraine as a “special military operation” in order to mask from the Russian public the full extent and purpose of its war.
Russia watchers are of the consensus that a full mobilization in Russia would be very unpopular, and for this reason the Kremlin has held off on declaring one, even as Russia’s military situation in Ukraine has worsened.
U.S. newspaper the Washington Post, citing U.S. intelligence, reported that after a successful counter-offensive in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukrainian fighters could oust Russian troops from other territories of Ukraine that have been under Russian occupation since late February.
As reported on Sept. 12, the Ukrainian Army has already liberated Vysokopillia, Novovoznesensk, Bilohirka, Sukhyi Stavok, and Myroliubivka in Kherson Oblast.
U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported the Armed Forces had inflicted a major operational defeat on Russia, recapturing almost the entire Kharkiv Oblast in a rapid counter-offensive.
Although this will not put an end to the war, it has already turned its course in favor of Ukraine, the U.S. think tank said in a report.