Speech by Ukraine Defense Minister to the Russian people
“In January, Russia closes the border to men and declares martial law”
Immediately after the New Year, Moscow will close the border to men, declare martial law and start another mobilization. That’s what Kiev’s defense minister said in a message to the Russian people – confirming rumors that have been circulating for some time.
Russian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov addresses the Russian people with a message at the turn of the year.
Propaganda? Such reports have been circulating in Russian Telegram and opposition channels for weeks. Now the Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov (56) addresses the suspicions directly. Resnikov addresses the Russian people at the turn of the year. At the beginning of January, he says, the Russian government will close the border to men, impose martial law and call for a new wave of mobilization. This while people are now decorating the holiday tables and making plans for the future.
There is not much time left for affected men. “Listen carefully to what I’m going to tell you now,” says the Secretary of Defense. ‘I’m not asking you to believe me. Please answer this question honestly: If you can go to war and die or be crippled for the rest of your life, what exactly will you fight for? For yourself,” says Reznikov, pointing his finger at the camera.
The Russian government has lied to its people that nothing in the war is going according to plan. «For the first time in a hundred years, a flagship of the Russian fleet has been destroyed. Long-haul planes are exploding at the airfields deep in Russia.” Plus the “losses of the Russian army with more than 100,000 dead”.
“You still have about a week left”
The first wave of mobilization took place to compensate for the losses. The new mobilization will primarily affect the cities. The rural areas have already been largely recruited. “I know for sure,” said Resnikov, “that you still have about a week left. In early January, the Russian authorities will close the borders to men, then impose martial law and launch another wave of mobilization.”
In the meantime, according to the Russian media, the authorities have also modernized the nationwide registration and reporting system for their citizens. When the first partial mobilization of around 320,000 reservists was called out in September, chaos soon reigned, with the sick, disabled and unfit being called up.
According to Kyrylo Budanov (36), the head of the intelligence service at the Kiev Defense Ministry, Russia will begin the new wave of mobilization immediately after the New Year: on January 5 or 9. The Russian army “does not have enough personnel” to form new units and to compensate for “significant losses” in existing units, Budanov told the BBC. Budanov admits that neither Russian nor Ukrainian troops currently have the means to advance further. The situation at the front had “reached a dead end”. (kes)