Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense names number of Russians already mobilized for war on Ukraine

20 October 2022, 05:54 PM
According to unofficial data, a million Russians can be mobilized in Russia (Photo:Stringer/Reuters)

According to unofficial data, a million Russians can be mobilized in Russia (Photo:Stringer/Reuters)

Russia had mobilized about 200,000 people for its war against Ukraine as of mid-October, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar said at a briefing on Oct. 20.

She said the Russian Federation had managed to mobilize about 66% of the number of citizens it had planned to call up.

“According to intelligence data, the staffing of 107 and the formation of 24 regular and reserve regiments and battalions with a total number of about 146,000 people is ongoing”, Malyar said.

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“This is happening in all military districts, the Northern Fleet and the Airborne Forces,” she added.

The Russian Federation still has problems with a lack of a sufficient amount of barracks and housing stock, as well as shortages of equipment due to the accelerated pace of mobilization.

Russia also lacks enough instructors for the proper combat training of mobilized personnel, Malyar said.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in the Russian Federation on Sept. 21.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be called up during the partial mobilization. He estimated Russia's total mobilization resource at almost 25 million people.

According to Russian opposition media, the classified mobilization plans include sending as many as a million Russians to war in Ukraine.

After the mobilization was announced, Russians began to rush to buy tickets to other countries in order to avoid being drafted into the war.

Shoigu announced on Oct. 4 that Russia had already mobilized 200,000 Russians. Ukrainian intelligence at the time estimated the figure to be just over 100,000.

The Defense Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (GUR) noted that it is still unclear why the Russian Federation overestimated its mobilization figures.

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