Espreso. Global

"We have to prepare for worst case scenario": authorities explain why Ukraine needs 500,000 more mobilized

25 December, 2023 Monday
20:54

Ukraine needs to mobilize another half a million people, as the war against the Russian occupying forces may drag on for years, and human resources are running out

This was stated by Roman Kostenko, Colonel of the Security Service of Ukraine, Secretary of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense, in an interview with Ukrinform.

According to him, it's not just a matter of replenishing losses but also addressing the moral exhaustion of soldiers who have been stationed on the front lines for an extended period. It's crucial for the mobilized to know the duration of their service, enabling them to plan their future lives, the MP emphasized.

"Some people should not have to pull the belt all the time, while others talk about the economic or some other ‘fronts.’ Mobilization must be fair. Everyone who can take up arms should do so now or be ready to do so if necessary," Kostenko said.

He emphasized that no one will be spared the duty to defend the homeland.

"People thought that we would win soon, so they decided that they could live quietly, not prepare for mobilization, that everything would be done by the guys who are already at the front. And now the words about additional 450,000-500,000 mobilized people have become a cold shower for everyone. But how many people do we need to replenish the sanitary losses during the year? How many are needed to form new units? Approximately the same number. We need to plan not for two months, not for six months, but for years, because the war, from a military point of view, can last for a long time, and from the point of view of the influence of political processes, it can end tomorrow, but no one knows. We must prepare for the worst case scenario," the MP summarized.

  • On November 9, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a law extending general mobilization until February 14, 2024.
  • On December 19, Zelenskyy said at a press conference on the results of 2023 that the General Staff had asked for the mobilization of an additional 450,000-500,000 Ukrainians.
Tags:
Read also:
  • News
2024, Saturday
24 February
16:52
Exclusive
New US sanctions against Russia may affect Chinese companies - US politician Fried
16:24
Two years of Ukraine inspiring world: Western leaders on second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion
15:55
OPINION
Zelenskyy's interview with FOX: main points
15:28
UK intelligence estimates Russian losses over two years of full-scale war in Ukraine
15:00
Ukraine uses American chemical munitions against Russian army: Kremlin media spread another fake
14:32
Exclusive
Diplomat Chaly comments on preparations for 'congress' in Russian-occupied Transnistria
14:04
Review
Ukrainian counterattacks, liberation of territories in south, situation near Avdiivka: weekly military results by Serhiy Zgurets
13:35
Russia deploys dozens of Soviet T-62 tanks to Crimea - Atesh
13:07
ISW assesses risks of invasion of Ukraine from Transnistria
12:39
Exclusive
Aviation expert names complex used by Ukraine to destroy Russian A-50 aircraft
12:11
Ukrainian army destroys 770 Russian soldiers, 36 artillery systems, aircraft - General Staff
11:42
Ukraine intercepts conversation confirming downing of Russian A-50U aircraft
11:15
Ukraine's Air Force destroys 12 Shahed drones, 2 missiles overnight
10:49
Russian Su-34 firing missiles at Ukraine shot down in Kherson region - media
10:24
Updated
Ukraine’s forces target another Russian A-50 radar aircraft
2024, Friday
23 February
21:40
Review
Victorious news of 730th day of war: destroyed Russian Tor-M2 and Strela-10, €1.8bn in military support from Denmark
21:20
Ukrainian army repels 18 Russian attacks in 5 directions - General Staff
21:00
DPRK supplies Russia with 1.5 million ammo produced in 1970s-1980s - Ukrainian intelligence
20:45
Canada announces additional sanctions against Russia
20:15
Russian army destroys almost 500 tons of grain overnight in Donetsk region
19:50
Ukrainian officials arrive at Poland's border, but do not meet with Polish counterparts
19:30
Updated
Russia’s missiles, attack drones kill at least four in Ukraine
19:12
Exclusive
Japan provides record aid to Ukraine, thus supporting US and EU - Zhevago
18:50
Ukrainians, your fight is our fight: Polish media thanks Ukraine for resisting Russian aggression
18:20
Ukraine war is giant Ponzi scheme: fake news for February 23
17:50
Russian forces use chemical weapons in Tavria sector - General Tarnavskyi
17:20
What long-range weapons can Germany provide to Ukraine?
16:50
Russia can use almost 300 combat aircraft against Ukraine - intelligence
16:20
Situation in eastern Ukraine isn't critical - Ukrainian military
15:51
Exclusive
Putin promises to give Transcarpathia to Orban as loyal ally - former Aidar battalion commander
15:30
Zelenskyy arrives in Lviv, signs security agreement with Danish PM Frederiksen
15:10
Biden announces new sanctions on Russia for second anniversary of full-scale invasion
14:55
Exclusive
Russian troops afraid to move around Avdiivka even after capturing city - military expert Zgurets
14:36
British intelligence explains why Putin needs to "clean up" information space in Russia
14:13
Exclusive
Scholz holds key: Military expert Zgurets reveals number of Taurus missiles Ukraine could acquire
13:58
Zelenskyy names reasons for Zaluzhnyi's resignation and change of military command
13:34
Pro-Soviet narratives imposed on deported Ukrainian children in camps in Belarus - Skhemy
13:14
 OSCE opens Living The War exhibition on Russian war crimes
12:50
Review
Ukrainian drone development during war and UAV strikes on Russian troops. Column by Serhiy Zgurets
12:14
OPINION
Putin prepares to annex Transnistria
More news