Russia As both the Ukrainian and American sides gear up, is considering a second round in its hugely unpopular military mobilisation. up For a bloody spring.

Ukraine’s deputy military intelligence chief, Vadym Skibitsky, claimed Friday that Moscow was considering calling up Additional 500,000 troops were added to the force ahead of offensive operations planned for this summer and spring. The Guardian reported.

If confirmed, the mobilization would risk a repeat of the unrest caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to press 300,000 Russians into service this fall.

Massive protests were held across the country against the divisive draft Russia It caused the fleeing of hundreds of thousands of men of fighting age.

Putin stated since then that he has not prepared a second round mobilization and that only a small fraction of the people called are eligible for it. up The front lines were also deployed in the autumn.

The bloody conflict is not going away, and both sides are preparing for it. up Expected offensives for the spring

Russian reservists up 6 January, ahead of departing to other military bases in Omsk.
Alexey Malgavko/REUTERS

Friday’s announcement by the Biden administration was that it will be providing military support in its next tranche. Ukraine It would also include 50 M2 Bradley combat vehicles.

The heavily armed troop transports can provide better support for infantry units than the aging M113 personnel carriers Washington had sent previously — but 100 of those Vietnam-era vehicles will be included in the package as well.

The US will also send HUMVEEs as well as other light vehicles as well as ammunition.

Putin stated that he was not ready for another round of mobilization.
Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool/AP

John Kirby, spokesperson for the National Security Council said that the tracked Bradleys would be giving out. Ukraine An advantage is in the countryside east terrain, where fighting is most intense.

American personnel carriers will join the American support package, as well as a Patriot missile battelle supplied by Germany.

Meanwhile, an eerie calm descended on Kyiv Friday as Putin’s ceasefire order for the Orthodox Christmas holiday went into effect.

Kyiv, the West and others have criticized the 36-hour ceasefire as an attempt to impose order on Ukraine. Russia it uses time to consolidate its positions.

Combat training for Russian signal units in Belarus
Russia And Ukraine You are gearing up For the long-term, fighting is expected to continue into spring and summer.
Russian Defence Ministry/TASS/

But no explosions rang out in the Ukrainian capital Friday — as they have near daily for weeks with air defense systems knocking suicide drones from the sky.

Ukrainians rushed to their local shops to buy gifts and to attend Orthodox Christmas Eve celebrations.

Kyiv did not clarify whether or not its forces would adhere to the ceasefire. However, reports by the Russian Ministry of Defense of occasional shelling and fighting were not confirmed.

United Nations’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said UN personnel on the ground in Ukraine “have not seen reports of intense or major fighting,” But he also said that UN personnel were “not everywhere.”

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