Ukraine and its international partners should work to ensure the price Moscow will have to pay for its upcoming second wave of mobilization is “as high as possible,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his Jan. 2 evening address.
The president warned that Russia could be preparing a sustained attack with Iranian-made drones to try and exhaust Ukraine’s air defenses and energy infrastructure.
“The Russian regime needs a mobilization public mood boost,” Zelenskyy said.
“They need something they can show to their country to keep telling the lie that everything is going ‘according to plan.’ Our task is to give Ukraine daily successes, achievements, even if small, but victories nonetheless – over terrorists and terror; we must maximize the price for a new mobilization and the war as a whole for the (Russian) terrorist state. I thank each of our soldiers who helps with that.”
On Dec. 30, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov recorded a video message to Russians liable for military service and said that the Kremlin is going to declare martial law in early January, shut the borders, and start a new wave of mobilization. He urged Russian citizens to avoid mobilization by all means.
According Ukraine’s General Staff, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost a total of 107,440 of its troops.