Information about the concentration of Russian military equipment near the border with Ukraine aims to resume in Ukraine mass conscription.
“This is a continuation of the old song “Putin will attack tomorrow,” said OBOZREVATEL military expert Oleg Zhdanov.
“We now have a near catastrophe with the staffing of the Armed Forces, we are approaching the limits of the loss of combat capability. Therefore all media has revived talk that it is urgent to return the call to military service”, – he explained.
According to the expert, in his time in the armed forces General staff voiced the idea to reduce the number of brigades, “but this step in the period of permanent state of war the country will not be accepted by society”. Then the staff went the other way: started to solve the problem of finding personnel who can complement the team. “Where will we get the troops? It is necessary to organize mass appeal. And to organize mass appeal, need a reason”, says Zhdanov.
According to his estimates, the General staff plan “babahnut autumn large-scale recruitment and try to plug holes, but it will cause a social explosion in the country.”
Commenting on the fact that the border with Ukraine concentrated large military forces of the Russian Federation, the expert said: “From Murmansk to Rostov efficient 220 thousand. And near Ukraine, almost in our territory, as were the 8th and the 20th field army, and stand, plus troops in Belarus. Of the order of 80 to 83 thousand, including the Crimea and Transnistria”.
Zhdanov also stated that “today the Russian Federation is unable to equip the troops with new armaments”. “They take from warehouses with long-term storage of old equipment. For example, T-12 is the gun of the 1970-ies. Tanks T-62 for 70 years. To bring these weapons in combat-ready condition, they need at least an overhaul”.
Finally, the expert said that “Russia has the same problem as us: a sharp drop in the number of armed forces”.