Zelensky: Putin troop mobilization ‘candid confession’ that Russian army has ‘crumbled’


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech on Thursday that Russia’s mobilization of new troops is a “candid admission” that its military “collapsed” during its attack on Ukraine.

“Russia’s decision on mobilization is a frank admission that their regular army, which has been prepared for decades to take over a foreign country, has not been able to resist and has collapsed,” Zelensky said during the speech.

Zelensky claimed that the Russian leadership is “preparing to take up to a million men into the army” despite being silent on its plans.

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The president pitted Ukraine’s military against Russia’s, praising his voters for holding out in the “full attack” the larger country launched in February.

“Ukraine has managed to liberate a significant part of the area that Russian forces had invaded,” he said.

“Ukraine frees people from Russian captivity.”

Zelensky noted that according to Ukrainian estimates, 55,000 Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine since the first invasion and that tens of thousands more have been killed.

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“Want more? No? Then protest. Fight back. Run away. Or surrender to Ukrainian captivity. These are options for you to survive,” the president told the Russian military.

Zelensky also referred to referenda scheduled to begin Friday in four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine, which will determine whether those regions will become part of Russia.

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He called the plan a “farce” and the referenda a “sham,” comparing Russia’s strategy to its actions in Crimea and the Donbas in 2014.

“I will immediately note: any decisions by the Russian leadership will not change anything for Ukraine,” he said.

“This is the liberation of our country, the protection of our people and the mobilization of global support for the performance of our tasks,” Zelensky added.



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