Putin called up 300,000 Russian reservists to fight in Ukraine, marking the first such mobilisation in Russia since World War II. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is now ongoing.
Residents of Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, shrugged off President Putin’s decision on Wednesday to call up military reservists, viewing it as a show of desperation, and instead expressed optimism in their own military’s ability to evict Russian occupiers.
First such mobilisation in Russia since World War II, Putin called up 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine and warned that Moscow would respond with the force of all of its massive arsenal if the West continued what he termed its “nuclear blackmail” over the situation there. This mobilisation was the first of its kind in Russia since World War II.
According to Viktor Chekhnii, a geologist from Ukraine who is 46 years old, “the threat would be bigger if there was a mass (Russian) mobilisation,” but “I think at this moment Putin is unlikely to make such a step as Russians like to fight with words,” He proceeded by saying that there were not many Russians who were eager to serve on the front lines.
“Regarding my point of view, Vladimir Putin is not totally devoid of every sense of reason. As a result, the utilisation of nuclear weapons represents a risk not just for Russia but also for the rest of the world.”
Oleksandr Sharkin, a native of Kiev who was holding a bouquet of flowers while taking a stroll near the neo-classical opera building, had sentiments quite similar to those described above.
“If they’re forced to conduct a war, the motivation of their soldiers will be much weaker than that of the contractors,” he said of Russia. “If they’re forced to wage a war, the motivation of their soldiers will be considerably weaker.”
The low morale of Russian soldiers has been blamed, in part, by Kyiv and its Western partners for the sluggish pace of what Moscow calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine. This operation is being carried out in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian armed forces, who have been fighting Russia’s significantly larger military for seven months on many fronts and have recently retaken large swaths of territory with the assistance of Western weapons, have widespread support among the locals of Kyiv. This support comes in the form of widespread admiration for the Ukrainian armed forces.
In the early stages of the conflict, the Russian forces decided to focus their attention on other districts rather than continuing their attempt to take Kyiv itself since they were met with significant resistance by the Ukrainians.
“In my perspective, no one else save members of our military forces should be trusted. It is pointless to engage the Russians in conversation or even listen to what they have to say since they will never cease issuing threats as long as they remain in the world. Nothing but a bunch of hot air, “student Kyrylo Kundik, age 23.
Hanna, age 42, declined to offer her surname and stated that she believed Putin was “making people dread his words” in Ukraine because he had lost control of the situation. Hanna said she believed Putin’s actions were the result of his being out of control.
“The man has some problems with his mental health. Because I have faith in the armed forces of Ukraine, I do not feel concerned about our safety because I am confident that we will be shielded from any danger. That is why we have trust in the soldiers who are now fighting on the front lines “…she made a statement.