/ 05 October 2023

Russia reckons they’ve got this

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Russia claims that it’s paused recruiting, with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu saying that this year, the army has signed up 335,000 people to the “special military operation” against Ukraine. Experts say that number includes civilian recruits and Wagner fighters absorbed after things went pear-shaped with that relationship mid-this year. That’s notable because the attempt to force Wagner fighters to join the Russian Armed Forces was behind the failed mutiny attempt back in June. The 335,000 recruits also means “there are no plans for an additional mobilisation,” according to Shoigu, which refers to efforts last year to get Reservists involved, resulting in tens of thousands fleeing. Also on Russia’s invasion, NATO Admiral Rob Bauer says Ukraine’s allies are running out of ammo supplies and “the bottom of the barrel is now visible”. He has called for increased production.

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