The Pentagon spoke about the consequences of mobilization in the Russian Federation
The US Department of Defense believes that mobilization in Russia will not solve most problems of its army.
Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said this at a briefing on Thursday.
According to him, the mobilization of 300,000 reservists, which Putin announced on September 21, may just be reinforcing failure of Russian forces in Ukraine.
“It’s our assessment that it would take time for Russia to train, prepare and equip these forces,” the Pentagon Press Secretary said.
Russian actions in the war on Ukraine indicate severe command and control problems as well as a breakdown of logistics since the invasion began February 24.
The Pentagon spokesman emphasized that Russia did not solve these problems and therefore could not seize more territory of Ukraine. The lack of work on mistakes is one of the reasons for the failure of many plans of the invaders.
The mobilization “may address a manpower issue for Russia,” Ryder said.
“What’s not clear is whether or not it could significantly address the command and control, the logistics, the sustainment and importantly, the morale issues that we’ve seen Russian forces in Ukraine experience,” a spokesman for the US Department of Defense said.
If Russia cannot command, sustain and equip the roughly 100,000 troops they have in Ukraine, adding 300,000 more troops to the mix is not going to make the situation better.
“If you are already having significant challenges and haven’t addressed some of those systemic strategic issues that make any large military force capable, there’s nothing to indicate that it’s going to get any easier by adding more soldiers,” Ryder said.
The US Brigadier General added that the fictitious referendums in the captured territories of Ukraine or threats to attack the territory “do not change the operational facts on the ground, which are that Ukrainians will continue to fight for their country.”
“We are focused on continuing a very open and rigorous dialogue with Ukrainian counterparts and international partners, and allies to provide Ukraine with what it needs to defend itself,” Patrick Ryder said.
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