Russia plans to mobilize 500,000 troops, Ukrainian intelligence says

7 January, 02:18 AM
Intelligence of Ukraine expects that a new wave of mobilization will be announced on January 15 (Photo:Command of the Air Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine)

Intelligence of Ukraine expects that a new wave of mobilization will be announced on January 15 (Photo:Command of the Air Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine)

Moscow is going to mobilize 500,000 men to prepare for a new offensive in Ukraine, Ukrainian Military Intelligence spokesman Vadym Skibitskyi told The Guardian on Jan. 6.

Skibitskyi said it would take Russia about two months to assemble the military formations, and their battlefield effectiveness would depend on how well-equipped and trained they are.

He added that much will also hinge on the continued supply of Western ammunition and weapons to Ukraine.

Ukraine's intelligence services expect a new wave of Russian mobilization to be announced on Jan. 15. He added that the invaders are focusing on getting as many combat-ready troops as they can, while planning a new major offensive in Ukraine.

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On Jan. 4, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said that amid large losses of personnel, Russia was preparing the second wave of the so-called "partial mobilization" in the first quarter of 2023.

Earlier, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the next wave of mobilization in Russia was planned for January-February 2023.

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