Russia Mobilizes, Referendums Underway: What Will Change and Why? The New Atlas

Update on Russian military operations in Ukraine for September 23, 2022

– Russia to mobilize 300,000 in addition to 150,000 already involved in operations in Ukraine;

– Russian Ministry of Defense announces nearly 6,000 Russian dead, 61,000 Ukrainian dead plus another 49,000 Ukrainians injured;

– Russian MoD claims Ukraine has mobilized 300,000 itself, losing 100,000 meaning it now faces some 450,000 Russian forces in the coming weeks and months;

– Referendums in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Lugansk to join the Russian Federation means future operations will significantly expand in intensity, quantity, and quality;

– This major escalation follows two very expensive offensives launched by Ukraine in what appears to have been an “all or nothing” move;

References:

President of Russia – Article by Vladimir Putin “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians” (July 2021): http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president…

Michael Kofman (Twitter) – Thread on Mobilization: https://twitter.com/KofmanMichael/sta…

TIME – Why Russian Support for the War in Ukraine Hasn’t Wavered (August 2022): https://time.com/6208238/why-russian-…

National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – RUSSIA: POLLING FOR DEMOCRACY, THE YURI LEVADA ANALYTICAL CENTER: https://www.ned.org/democracy-story/r…

Washington Post – Wounded Ukrainian soldiers reveal steep toll of Kherson offensive: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/…

Sky News – Russian reserves are not trained for war – and Putin’s escalation could be ‘extremely dangerous’, military expert says: https://news.sky.com/story/russian-re…

 

 

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