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Putin mobilizes medically, mentally “unfit” troops to Ukraine: General

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Retired US military general Jack Keane on Thursday criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilization efforts, saying some reservists the Russian military enlists are medically and mentally “unfit”.

Keane’s comments came after Putin announced Russia’s first partial mobilization since World War II, which Russian officials say means the country’s military can call up up to 300,000 reservists for the war in Ukraine.

In an interview on UKTN News, where Keane is an analyst, the retired general was asked if it would be possible for Putin to get the extra troops on the battlefield.

“The far right is pushing him for more action, they want full mobilization. He knows that would be a catastrophe. He can’t get there politically because of the opposition. You can see his opposition on the streets by calling up 300,000 reservists now, said Keane.

Above, an activist holds a one-person picket in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin in central Moscow on Sept. 22. Retired US military general Jack Keane on Thursday criticized Putin’s partial mobilization efforts, saying some of the reservists the Russian army is calling up for service are medically and mentally “unfit”.
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“We wouldn’t even see them on the battlefield for three or four months, and then when they enter the battlefield, some of them are medically unfit, some are physically unfit, a lot of them are mentally unfit in the sense that they really aren’t there.” And then they’re going to join a military force that has already shown a significant amount of incompetence, I don’t believe they’re going to be decisive,” added the retired general.

News week has contacted the Russian and Ukrainian defense ministries for comment.

In an interview with News week this week, Sean McFate, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and an adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, called Putin’s move to partially mobilize the country an “act of desperation.”

“He’s emptied all the prisons and used up all the mercenaries, and now he’s going to turn to core Russia,” McFate said.

Last week, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian billionaire who, according to the US government, is the manager of the Wagner Military Group, an elite paramilitary force that has sent mercenaries to fight in Ukraine, reportedly launched a plan about Russian prisoners fighting in the war. .

Mikhail Kasyanov, a former Russian prime minister, told: News week in an interview published Thursday he believes Putin’s call for partial mobilization will lead to his ouster.

“His decision means that even the people who were neutral or supported Putin in general will reconsider their stance due to the fact that they are now obliged to start a war that they were watching before,” Kasyanov said.

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