Critique of Putin’s Mobilization: Zelenskyj Appeals to Russian Mothers and Wives

A critique of Putin’s mobilization
Zelenskyj appeals to Russian mothers and wives

The President of Ukraine decided to deliver his new video speech in Russian. This time he also addressed his speech to the people of his wartime enemy. Zelenskyj explains to families there what consequences President Putin’s partial mobilization will have on their lives.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on Russians to resist regional mobilization in the country. “Resist! Fight! Run away! Or go into Ukrainian captivity! These are your options for survival,” Zelensky told the gathering in Russia in his daily video address in Russian. According to him, 55,000 Russian soldiers have already died in Ukraine.

Zelensky also addressed a plea to the mothers and wives of draftees. “Do not doubt that the children of your state leadership will not participate in the war against Ukraine. Decision-makers in your country protect their children. Your children will not even be buried,” he said. Addressing his own countrymen, Zelenskyy said the rally in Russia was a sign of Ukraine’s strength.

With this decision, the war will no longer be an event from television for Russians, but will move into real life. On the other hand, he firmly believed that for the Ukrainians, nothing would change as a result, and they would continue to fight for the liberation of their country. Referring to the UN General Assembly, the Ukrainian President said that Ukraine now has the support of an even wider range of states in the international community.

Many direct flights from Russia are fully booked

Many Russians have already left the country to avoid being deployed to the front, given the partial demobilization announced by President Vladimir Putin. Long queues have been reported from borders to several neighboring countries, but the actual number of people leaving Russia is still unknown. The announcement also sparked a rush for international flight tickets. According to “Aviasales”, a popular booking site in Russia, all direct flights to the neighboring former Soviet republics of Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan were already fully booked on Wednesday.

Putin announced a partial demobilization of military-age Russians on Wednesday. About 300,000 reservists are to be sent to bolster Russian and separatist forces in eastern and southern Ukraine, according to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

According to the Russian military, about 10,000 people volunteered to fight in Ukraine within 24 hours. They came to the recruitment offices voluntarily and did not wait for a summons, a military spokesman told Russian news agency Interfax. On Wednesday, more than 1,300 people were arrested across the country during protests against partial mobilization in Russia, according to the civil rights organization OVD-Info.

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