NATO Secretary General said that Putin’s invitation to Russian recruits will require weapons that Moscow does not have

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s escalation of the war on Wednesday in his call to join the fight in Ukraine would mean that more soldiers needed weapons that Moscow could not provide.

“Any mobilization will add that to the number of troops and forces they have,” Stoltenberg said during an interview with the withdrawal at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. “It’s going to take time and they’ll need equipment. And what we’ve seen so far is that the Russian forces are not equipped.”

In a seven-minute televised address, Putin said he was launching a “partial mobilization” by enlisting all healthy reservists and veterans to fight in Ukraine.

Russian soldiers train for the military parade in Moscow, April 8, 2010.
(Reuters)

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“The citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription,” he said in the early hours of Wednesday morning. “Above all, those who have served in the armed forces have a specific military specialty and relevant experience.”

His order comes nearly a week after Russia saw major setbacks in Ukraine as his forces in the northern Kharkiv region were forced to withdraw.

The long-awaited counterattack, first leaked in May, succeeded in surprising Russian forces in the northern region and resulted in a hasty withdrawal, abandoned equipment, and reports of command and control failures throughout Russia’s ranks.

In this image from a video released by the Russian Presidential Press Service, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation in Moscow on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

In this image from a video released by the Russian Presidential Press Service, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation in Moscow on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
(Russian Presidential Press Service via AP)

According to a senior Ukrainian Defense Ministry official, Russia also experienced significant personnel losses, losing “nine to 10” Russian soldiers for every single Ukrainian, although the death toll throughout the war has not been independently verified by Fox News Digital.

Western defense officials said the withdrawal signals Russia’s inability not only to rearm its forces, but to return men to the ranks.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday about 300,000 men could expect to be conscripted into active duty on Putin’s orders, though Stoltenberg said he was reluctant to accept those numbers.

“I think we have to be careful about the exact numbers,” he told a Reuters reporter. “But of course, more troops will escalate the conflict, which will mean more loss of life and lives of Ukrainians as well as the lives of Russians,” he added.

A damaged Russian military vehicle and boots are seen after the withdrawal of Russian forces as the Russo-Ukrainian war continues in Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine on September 14, 2022.

A damaged Russian military vehicle and boots are seen after the withdrawal of Russian forces as the Russo-Ukrainian war continues in Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine on September 14, 2022.
(Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The NATO chief said the quickest way to end the war was for Putin to admit his “major strategic failures” and withdraw his forces.

However, Putin’s reluctance to end his invasion means that NATO will need to continue supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes.

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“It’s a very close connection between power on the battlefield and what they can achieve at the negotiating table,” Stoltenberg said. “The way we can help ensure an acceptable negotiation outcome is with support [Ukraine] on the battlefield.

“If President Putin stops fighting, peace will come. If President Zelensky stops fighting, Ukraine will cease to exist as an independent, sovereign state – so we need its support to enable a political solution,” he added.

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