ISW: Putin could announce new wave of mobilization in ‘coming days’


Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver a speech on January 18 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad.

According to the Institute for the Study of War, he could take this opportunity to declare a second wave of mobilization.

“Putin likes to use symbolic dates to address the Russian people, and some pro-Russian pro-war bloggers noted that he will use this opportunity to declare mobilization or war with Ukraine,” the ISW writes.

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Ukraine’s military intelligence previously reported that Russia plans to launch a new wave of mobilization of 500,000 conscripts for the war against Ukraine.