Well, in spite of everything, it's here: "partial" general mobilization announced in Russia. 300,000 reservists supposedly to be called up.
In an address to the nation on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization has been decreed, making Russian citizens currently in reserve subject to conscription.
War has come for the vatnik trolls who were happy to demand war and blood, so long as they could sit at home and watch from a safe distance.
Image is accurate too, since rifles is about all they have enough of. I guess that's better than 1941's "Wait for the guy in front of you to die", but I hear you need a bit more than just a rifle in 2022. The uniforms actually fitting though, that's pure fantasy.
But we'll see what actually happens. They couldn't even keep the 150k supplied worth two shits all year and now they're gonna throw 300k in, in the middle of winter? With nothing? RIGHT. OKAY.
Also going for the real hardcore old-style Soviet shit here.
Putin is also adding new and harsher punishments in an effort to contain the risk of the collapse of Russian military units fighting in Ukraine and draft-dodging within Russia. The Kremlin rushed the passage of a new law through the State Duma on September 20, circumventing normal parliamentary procedures. This law codifies dramatically increased penalties for desertion, refusing conscription orders, and insubordination. It also criminalizes voluntary surrender and makes surrender a crime punishable by ten years in prison. The law notably does not order full-scale mobilization or broader conscription or make any preparations for such activities.
This is a panic move. Weak. Won't change anything for a guy looking at this versus getting his ass shot off anyway - it didn't in 1917 and the penalties were a mite stiffer back then. Never mind that we already know from leaked Russian calls that some Russian commanders are only maintaining order at literal gunpoint already. All the more reason to stay in Ukraine as a PoW - anywhere but Russia. Everyone
knows it's weak. Putin's basically running around naked at this point.
Annexation will also bring additional legal consequences in Russia, in that they will legally be able to force any conscripts anywhere in Russia to go to Ukraine (remember the scandal early in the year when conscripts were killed in Ukraine when they're not legally supposed to sent to wars abroad). The borders are being closed and men of any age will be forbidden from leaving the country. Purely by coincidence, every flight from Moscow to Istanbul or Yerevan was booked absolutely solid.
Looks like Shoigu's going to be the face of the current effort, so when it all goes pear-shaped we know the top of the scapegoat list. Of course Shoigu was in deep shit already anyway. He also has no power to rally the army against Putin because he was never a military man nor ever held a post of any sort. He's just plain fucked.
- Also Shoigu: "We have 5937 killed... last week." (which isn't even the true number - posted funeral listings for KIA last week were actually over 6100)
- "I'm not bluffing on nuclear weapons', says Putin" as he pushes his last 200 rubles to the pot.
For the record, it's now basically guaranteed that if Russia tries anything like this, the US will be absolutely BOUND to become directly involved. If they let Russia throw a nuke and get away with it, it's all over - China, North Korea, anyone else will have the green light if that's not responded to. The whole world knows Russia is weaker than it's been in a long time, arguably weaker than the nadir of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, with plenty of room to fall further. As was mentioned a while back, Russia could even end up facing a second Time of Troubles
- Various sources have confirmed the earlier Russian report that the Ukrainians are currently attacking Lyman from both the north and south.
- For days now, the Russians keep loading barges with equipment and vehicles to cross the Dnipro and bring this stuff into Kherson. Probably a few of these have got through but most of them are actually being sunk by the Ukrainians, with huge losses for the Russians.
- Russian milboggers continue their weird obsession with the notion that the Ukrainians are going to land forces on the thin spits sticking out from Crimea south of the Kherson coast (specifically the main one, the Kinburn Spit). Some even claimed Russian forces destroyed a "Kinburn Spit Operations Centre", which would be interesting considering even the Russians aren't claiming there's an operation going on (yet). I feel like the Ukrainians should fly a drone or two over the spit just to keep them flipping their shit (and maybe that's exactly what they're doing!).
- This isn't even burning the candle at both ends, it's dousing the thing in kerosene and letting it go VOOMPF.
Russian forces continue to degrade their force generation capabilities by cannibalizing training elements to fight in combat formations in Ukraine. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that the Russian military is forming four new infantry battalions at the base of the Russian 36th Motorized Rifle Brigade (29th Combined Arms Army, Eastern Military District) in Borzya in Zabaykalsky Krai and that the Russian military is pulling faculty from the Russian Far Eastern Higher Combined Arms Command School to serve as officers in these battalions. The Russian military‘s continued stripping of Russian training units and service academies of personnel will further impede its ability to train new conscripts and replacements.
Russia continues to drain its forces deployed on bases outside Russia since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that the Russian military-political leadership decided to withdraw unspecified elements of the Russian 217th Airborne Assault Regiment (98th Airborne Division) from the Syrian Arab Republic and prepare them for deployment to Ukraine.
Yet these drill sergeants and desk jockeys they're sending as quick as they can to die, are also gonna train 300,000 new soldiers? Did someone play too much World War Z? (and damn, what a title that's retroactively become!)
But lest we forget what's truly important: Rubbing the Russians noses in everything, even the smallest stuff.