Mykhailo Podoliak reacted with mockery to partial mobilization

Kiew has with mockery on the of of Russia President Vladimir Partial mobilization ordered by Putin reacts. The external advisor to the Ukrainian presidential office, Mykhailo Podoliak, asked on Twitter on Wednesday: "Is everything still going according to plan or not?" The war planned for "three days" has already lasted 210 days. The Russians, who demanded Ukraine's annihilation, have now received mobilization, closed borders, blocked accounts and prison sentences for deserters, among other things. "Life has a wonderful sense of humor," concluded Podoljak.

His colleague Oleksiy Arestovych interpreted the Kremlin's move as meaning that the high losses are forcing Russia to take this measure. "There are more than 100,000 killed and wounded, closer to 150,000," wrote Arestovych. The next 150,000 have already been mentally written off. "How good it is to be Russian under Putin," he wrote wryly. On Wednesday Moscow had spoken of 5,937 dead members of its own military since the beginning of the war. Independent observers also believe that the real losses are many times higher than stated.

Russia has almost seven months ago Ukraine mugged. In the war dubbed "special operations," the Kremlin ordered the recruitment of 300,000 reservists after successful Ukrainian counterattacks.

Advisor to the Ukrainian Presidential Office Mykhailo Podoliak in March

Advisor to the Ukrainian Presidential Office Mykhailo Podoliak in March

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The federal government sharply criticized Russia's partial mobilization. The decision was "a further escalation of this illegal war of aggression against Ukraine," said Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) on Wednesday in Berlin. This is a "bad and wrong step from Russia", the consequences of which will be discussed by the federal government. The economy minister added that for him it was "clear that we will continue to give our full support to Ukraine".

The SPD in the Bundestag rates the partial mobilization in Russia as a "sign of weakness". "But it is also a new escalation," said Parliamentary Secretary Katja Mast. Mast said the partial mobilization shows that Putin is willing to take further steps. Therefore, support to Ukraine must continue without let-up. "Putin's renewed escalation is not such that we see that there will be talks about peace soon." Mast said: "We need staying power, which also shows the partial mobilization of Putin."

Great Britain sees Putin's decision as a sign of weakness. "President (Vladimir) Putin's breaking his own promises not to mobilize sections of the population and the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories are admissions that his invasion is failing," Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Wednesday.

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