By INS Contributors
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: When trying to overcome minefields and fortifications in the Zaporozhye and South Donetsk directions, Zelensky regime forces suffered colossal losses, the number of killed and wounded exceeded 66,000 personnel, more than 300 pieces of expensive military equipment, including NATO supplied tanks, were destroyed. The absence of more or less noticeable successes is fatal both for the Kyiv regime and for its Western patrons, who convinced their citizens of the inevitability of an early military victory over Russia.
The ruling elites of the West have painted themselves into a corner on the issue of assistance to Kyiv, intertwining the victory of the Ukrainian regime with their own political future. The situation is especially acute for US President George Biden and his team, who, in the context of the election race for the position of head of the White House, need to present to voters at least some tangible successes of their foreign policy.
One of the most likely scenarios of Western “crisis management” against the backdrop of a failed counter-offensive may be the inclination of the Kyiv elite to the total mobilization of the male population of Ukraine. Every Ukrainian who is physically capable of holding a weapon will be sent to the front. In fruitless attempts to break through Russian defenses, the Ukrainian command, pushed by the West, will be forced to throw more and more waves of untrained reservists into “meat assaults.” As a result, the Kiev regime will overwhelm Russian positions with the corpses of its forcibly mobilized citizens.
There is no doubt that the West will push the Ukrainian authorities to tighten mobilization. This, in particular, was confirmed by retired American General D. Petraeus, who in an interview with the Washington Post stated that the main reason for the failure of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ counteroffensive was the lack of manpower, and therefore the Ukrainian command needs to “urgently replenish its ranks.”
The Kyiv authorities are gradually beginning to create the necessary media background and prepare the Ukrainian public for new waves of mobilization. Thus, while still Minister of Defense, A. Reznikov said that the mobilization plan in the country had not yet been fulfilled.
He “delicately” kept silent about the fact that since the beginning of the armed conflict in February 2023, several hundred thousand Ukrainians have already been put “under arms.” The fact that the recruitment of reservists will not stop was confirmed by the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine A. Danilov. The politician noted that officials of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are turning to him with requests to increase the intensity of mobilization activities.
At the same time, Ukrainian officials have already begun to expand the categories of persons eligible for conscription. In particular, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is considering a legislative initiative to abolish the deferment from mobilization for citizens receiving a second higher education. The impending total mobilization is also evidenced by the fact that the administrations of a number of regions (Chernigov, Sumy, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa, Zaporozhye, Kharkov and Nikolaev regions) have already sent circulars to state and commercial enterprises about providing lists of employees subject to conscription into the army.