German reserve president on Putin’s partial mobilization
«Russian troops are weakened rather than strengthened»
Is Putin maneuvering himself into the off with the partial mobilization of reservists? This is the view of the president of the German Reservists Association: Putin’s order weakens the army rather than strengthens it.
Patrick Sensburg, President of the German Reservists Association, describes Putin’s decision as inhuman.
Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin (69) forces 300,000 reservists to the front. How will this decision affect the further course of the war? Not in favor of the Russian armed forces, says Patrick Sensburg (51). He is the President of the German Reservist Association, which has around 115,000 members.
Sensburg considers the partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists to be inhuman. From a strategic point of view, however, the order was not a clever move either. “Partial mobilization will not bring Putin enough soldiers for his war,” he told the editorial network Germany (RND). “Many contracts for Russian soldiers will expire in the next few weeks, and the large number of dead must also be replaced.”
It will take a while before it can be used
But that is not the only problem for Putin’s armed forces. Before Russia could send the mobilized citizens onto the battlefield, there was a lengthy process ahead: medical examinations, clothing and assignment to combat units took time. According to Sensburg, weeks would pass before the reservists would be ready for action. Training and education are not included in his calculation.
Sensburg’s conclusion on Putin’s decision is devastating: “Sending such poorly prepared soldiers into a war is inhuman and will be a military disaster for Russia. In my view, the Russian troops will be weakened rather than strengthened by this.”
ETH military expert Mauro Mantovani (59) comes to a similar thesis: “I don’t think they will be effective in Ukraine before the end of the year,” he told Blick. He is also skeptical about the mentality of the reservists: “The Russian reservists are definitely not motivated.”
The decision sparked public outrage
The fact that the head of the Kremlin issued a decree ordering Russia’s first mobilization since the Second World War triggered a wave of indignation among his people. Several protests broke out in Russia following Putin’s speech. Over 1000 arrests have been recorded. (bab)