Russia to begin new mobilisation for siege of Kharkiv, say reports

Russia to begin new mobilisation for siege of Kharkiv, say reports
/ bne IntelliNews
By bne IntelliNews March 23, 2024

Russia's Defence Ministry is reportedly gearing up for a significant escalation in the conflict in Ukraine, with plans to deploy an additional 300,000 troops, according to sources cited by the independent outlet Verstka. 

The focus appears to be on launching a siege of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city. These plans come amidst growing tensions in the region, raising concerns about an escalation of the conflict.

The recruitment drive for these troops is said to be primarily targeting reservists, with efforts also aimed at putting pressure on conscripts whose military service is nearing completion into signing contracts for extended service.

However, Verstka suggests that recruitment measures may extend beyond these methods. Reports indicate that defence companies and state-funded organisations in Moscow are issuing mobilisation exemption certificates to employees, while military enlistment offices are recalling personnel previously involved in mobilisation efforts.

These actions are being framed officially as preparations for Russia's spring conscription, but Verstka's sources describe them as "mobilisation 2.0." The timing of these developments coincides with speculation about a new wave of mobilisation in Russia following Vladimir Putin's re-election.