Ukraine says Russia appears to be like to ‘replenish’ troops by conscripting Ukrainians

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Ukrainian army officers warned Friday that Russia is seeking to “replenish” its personnel by conscripting Ukrainian males in southern areas, amid reviews of heavy Russian losses. 

“To replenish their personnel there have been preparations for so-called mobilization in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblast,” Ukraine’s Ministry of Protection spokesman Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk instructed reporters. “Russian troops are blocking local people from leaving occupied territories in particular, those males of conscript age.”

Fighters of the Chechen special forces unit walk in a courtyard in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 21.

Fighters of the Chechen particular forces unit stroll in a courtyard in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 21.
(REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov)

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It stays unclear what number of Russian troopers have been killed within the final 58 days of combating and Moscow has kept away from updating its causality figures in 4 weeks.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs claimed Friday that greater than 21,000 Russian troops have been killed within the final eight weeks, although these figures haven’t been verified. 

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In late March, the Kremlin claimed it had misplaced 1,350 army personnel for the reason that warfare started, however a NATO official alleged these figures have been doubtless nearer to between 7,000 and 15,000 deaths. Ukraine on the time had claimed there have been greater than 18,000 Russian losses.

A convoy of pro-Russian troops moves along a road in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 21.

A convoy of pro-Russian troops strikes alongside a street in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 21.
(REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov)

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The colonel’s feedback got here simply hours after a Russian common introduced that Moscow’s purpose was to determine “full control” of not solely the japanese Donbas space however southern areas that run alongside the Black Sea. 

Motuzyanyk stated Russia was now seeking to annex the areas of Zaporizhzhia, which neighbors Donbas, and Kherson, which sits simply north of Russian-occupied Crimea. 

“The Russian occupiers have been using the tactics of terrorizing Ukrainian citizens,” he stated. “There are still killings, torture, persecution of the local governments.”

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Including that Russia remains to be “blocking evacuation routes and humanitarian aid routes.” 

“The enemy is preparing for [a] so-called referendum for occupied territories in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to join the Russian Federation,” he added

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned he wouldn’t tolerate the annexation of any a part of Ukraine. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace by way of AP)

“I want to say straight away: any ‘Kherson People’s Republics’ are not going to fly. If someone wants a new annexation, it can only lead to new powerful sanctions strikes on Russia,” he stated.

“You will make your country as poor as Russia hasn’t been since the 1917 civil war. So it is better to seek peace now,” Zelenskyy added. 

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