Mobilization won’t solve the many problems of the Russian army, says Pentagon

23 September, 05:08 PM
U.S. Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder (Photo:defense.gov)

U.S. Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder (Photo:defense.gov)

The “partial mobilization” announced in Russia may resolve some of its military man-power shortages, but their armed forces still suffers from a multitude of issues, U.S. Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder stated during a briefing on Sept. 22.

“What's not clear is whether or not it could significantly address the command and control, the logistics, the sustainment and importantly, the morale issues that we've seen Russian forces in Ukraine experience,” Ryder said.

He noted that, if Russia cannot command, sustain, and equip the roughly 100,000 troops they have in Ukraine, adding 300,000 more troops to the mix is not going to make the situation better.

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The Pentagon is convinced that Putin's announcement of mobilization and the planning of fictitious “referendums” in the captured areas of Donbas "does not change the operational facts on the ground, which are that the Ukrainians will continue to fight for their country."

"The Russian military is dealing with some significant challenges on the ground and the international community will stand behind Ukraine as they fight to defend their country from an invasion," the Pentagon spokesman stressed.

On Sept. 21, Putin announced a partial mobilization in Russia and said he would support hold-ing bogus "referendums" to annex the occupied territories of Ukraine.

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