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Russia’s war in Ukraine could be a long one – Putin acknowledges

Dec 8, 2022

Russian President, Vladimir Putin has acknowledged for the first time that his army could be fighting in Ukraine for a long time, but reiterated that there will be no second call-up of soldiers.

The war began over than nine months ago when Russian soldiers crossed the Ukranian on February 28, 2022 raising up gas and food prices in Europe’s first war since WWII.

Russia has been forced into a series of significant retreats in the face of Ukrainian counter-offensives, waged with increasing stocks of Western weaponry, in the east and south since July but in a televised meeting on Wednesday, December 7, Putin said it could go on for some time yet.

“This can be a long process,” he said.

Russia launched what it calls its “special military operation” in February, saying Ukraine’s deepening ties with the West posed a security threat. Ukraine and its allies say the invasion is an imperialist land grab.

 

About 150,000 of the 300,000 reservists called up in September and October had been deployed in Ukraine, 77,000 in combat units, Putin said. The remaining 150,000 were still at training centres.

“Under these conditions, talk about any additional mobilisation measures simply makes no sense,” Putin said.

Despite recent retreats on the battlefield, including the loss of Kherson, the one Ukrainian provincial capital Russia captured, Putin has said he has no regrets about launching a war that has become Europe’s most devastating since World War Two.

He said Russia had achieved a “significant result” with the acquisition of “new territories” – a reference to the annexation of four partly occupied regions in September that Ukraine and most members of the United Nations condemned as illegal.