News from Ukraine: Putin set to declare ‘all-out war’ after failed Kyiv bombing | World | News
Putin’s military leaders have reportedly urged the Russian president to drop the term “special operation” that was once used for the invasion of Ukraine and declare war instead. This decision would allow the massive mobilization of the Russians.
Putin has insisted on using the term “special operation” for the war in Ukraine ever since Russia launched its invasion on February 24.
Kremlin diplomats and Russian state media have been banned from using the word “war” to refer to the conflict, as the Kremlin has insisted.
However, as the offensive has struggled to gain control in recent weeks, military officials have reportedly called on Putin to declare war.
The massive mobilization of the Russians would bolster Moscow’s faltering war effort.
A source close to Russian military officials told the Telegraph: “The military is outraged that the kyiv blitz has failed.
“Army people seek revenge for past failures and they want to go further in Ukraine.”
Western officials have also hinted that Putin is preparing to declare war in the coming weeks as part of a latest push in Ukraine.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Friday that the Russian leader is expected to announce a general mobilization of the Russian population within weeks to compensate for his military losses.
Mr Wallace said Putin could use Russia’s upcoming Victory Day parade on May 9 to make the step, on the day the country commemorates the USSR’s victory in World War Two.
Mr Wallace told LBC: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised… that he will probably declare on May Day that ‘we are now at war with the Nazis of the world and we must massively mobilize the Russian people’.”
The Russian president is said to be increasingly desperate to show the invasion of Ukraine as a success after his military failures, including the abandoned assault on the Ukrainian capital, kyiv.
Russia has been plagued by battlefield struggles, suffering from logistical errors and heavy losses of military equipment and personnel, with an estimated 15,000 soldiers reportedly killed in the conflict.
A Western official said there will be a desire in the Kremlin to have “some form of success story to be able to give to the people” as his troops struggle to make gains in eastern Ukraine.
According to other Western sources, there is no indication so far that the Kremlin is preparing to change its rhetoric on the invasion of Ukraine, but the situation could change in the coming days.
A number of prominent voices linked to the Russian military have expressed frustration with Russia’s military failures in recent weeks and called on Putin to step up his offensive against the country.
Alexander Arutyunov, a retired Russian commando and generally one of the country’s most popular pro-Kremlin bloggers, uploaded a video expressing his displeasure.
Addressing Putin, he said: “Vladimir Vladimirovich, can you please make up your mind: do we fight or do we play?”
Igor Girkin, a retired military intelligence officer known for his strong anti-Ukrainian views, also lambasted the Kremlin online.
After listing the Kremlin’s failures since the start of the invasion, including the sinking of the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet last month, he said: “What else needs to happen before Did the Kremlin dwarves realize they’re in for an all-out hard war and start acting on it? »
Declaring all-out war with Ukraine would see the Kremlin impose martial law and mass mobilization.
Mobilization would mean Russia would have to call up reservists and keep military conscripts beyond their one-year term.
The imposition of martial law, which the Russians have reportedly feared since the start of the conflict, would close the country’s borders and nationalize large swaths of the country’s crippled economy.
The move would destroy any last semblance of normalcy in Russia, which has been stifled by Western sanctions and cut off from the international community over its atrocities in Ukraine, where Putin has been accused of war crimes.