Marta Gichko 06:26, 01/18/23
The date is symbolic for the dictator, so he can use it.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin may announce a new wave of mobilization today, January 18th.
According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Putin may also officially declare war on Ukraine. Today’s date is symbolic for him.
“Putin may announce a second wave of mobilization to expand his army in the coming days – possibly as early as January 18. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced on January 17 that Putin will deliver a speech in St. Petersburg on January 18 in honor of the 80th anniversary of the breakthrough of the Nazi Blockade of Leningrad, Putin’s hometown, Putin likes to use symbolic dates to address the Russian people, and some Russian pro-war bloggers have noted that he will use this opportunity to either declare mobilization or war on Ukraine.
Analysts noted that earlier Ukrainian and Western intelligence agencies had repeatedly warned about Putin’s planned preparations for mobilization in mid-January.
New wave of mobilization in Russia
The day before, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, as part of the work of the joint group of troops in Ukraine, held a meeting with the military leadership on the implementation of the decision of the President of the Russian Federation to increase the number of armed forces to 1.5 million military personnel.
The Russian Federation decided to create two new interspecific strategic territorial associations of the Armed Forces – the Moscow and Leningrad military districts, as well as self-sufficient groupings of troops in the occupied territories. The Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation said that large-scale changes in the composition of the Russian Armed Forces will be carried out in 2023-2026.
According to media reports, on January 15, the aggressor country could start a new wave of mobilization . The Ukrainian General Staff said that the Kremlin was already taking measures to prevent the exodus of men . At the same time, the number of grounds for delaying mobilization is decreasing .
According to Western intelligence, the Russian Federation is preparing to announce a new wave of mobilization in order to send up to 500,000 people to the front.