Ukraine destroyed up to 90% of Russia's professional units during the war — General Malomuzh
Mykola Malomuzh, General of Ukraine's Army, Foreign Intelligence Service Chief (2005-2010), noted that those whom Russia is currently recruiting and mobilizing are an additional resource that has neither the level of training nor coordination
He spoke about this on Espreso TV.
"First of all, Russia's mobilization resources are not unlimited, although many analysts say they are. I just know Russia and its capabilities, so they could grab them all. But on the other hand, the model of covert mobilization, i.e. planned direct mobilization, recruitment under the force format according to quotas from each region as part of unofficial mobilization, mercenaries, prisoners, private structures that form units for the Russian armed forces, special services - this whole armada has been tested. And 2023 showed that they had all the possibilities, and the capability to covertly mobilize up to 1 million people is actually worthless now, because it does not have any effect," commented the Ukrainian Army General.
According to him, during the war, Ukrainian forces destroyed up to 90% of Russian professional units, which is a powerful setback. And what is now being recruited and mobilized in Russia is an additional resource that has neither the level of training nor coordination, they are not ready to fight effectively.
"Today, on the main fronts, Russians deploy somewhat professional units, but they fail to achieve their objectives. The undermining of the mobilization resource in Russia will be significant. The year 2023 revealed their failures, and there is no systemic solution for 2024. Initiating mobilization after elections in Russia, given such losses, poses a massive problem for Russian society. Putin would like to demonstrate some achievement amid victory, but there is no result despite enormous losses. Launching mass mobilization after elections under the threat of Ukrainian advances for Putin means significant destabilization, revealing regime weakness and causing concern among Putin's inner circle and the brainwashed Russian society," emphasized the former head of Ukraine's Foreign Intelligence Service.
Mykola Malomuzh pointed out that currently, we need to withstand Russia's winter efforts, while a new strategy in the spring will introduce measures to eliminate the enemy both on the front lines and in the rear. Mobilization in Russia will no longer be relevant, as many Russians understand that under such circumstances, mobilized forces would be destroyed. However, all of this will happen under the influence of Ukraine’s victories, changing the situation in Russia.
- On January 11, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Armed Forces repelled Russian attacks in the Kupyansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Marinka and Zaporizhzhia directions over the past day, and eliminated 830 occupants.
The GUR also announced the number of Russian ground troops on the territory of Ukraine: as of January 2024, 462,000 Russian occupiers are fighting in Ukraine. Russia has concentrated all its ground forces in Ukraine