12:40 21 Sep 2022

Sham referenda and mobilization are signs of russia's weakness and failure – US ambassador

Despite the partial mobilization announced in russia and attempts to hold pseudo-referendums, the US will continue to support Ukraine

Bridget Brink, the US ambassador to Ukraine, wrote about this on Twitter.

"Sham referenda and mobilization are signs of weakness, of Russian failure. The United States will never recognize Russia's claim to purportedly annexed Ukrainian territory, and we will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes," she said in the statement.

Previously, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also condemned russia's intentions to annex the occupied territories of Ukraine through pseudo-referendums.

He emphasized that this step and intentions to mobilize even more significant reserves are a flagrant display of contempt for the principles of the United Nations.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that it was impossible to accept the end of the war on the terms of the Kremlin.

Also, the British Defense Minister said that Putin's latest statement was a recognition of the beginning of russia's defeat.

"Putin's breaking of his own promises not to mobilize parts of his population and the illegal annexation of parts of Ukraine are an admission that his invasion is failing," Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said. "No amount of threats and propaganda can hide the fact that Ukraine is winning this war, the international community is united, and Russia is becoming a global pariah."

In turn, the secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, believes that the mobilization in russia is Putin's plan to destroy the russians.

In his address, putin stated that a partial mobilization would be announced in the Russian Federation from September 21, 2022.

According to him, only those citizens who are in reserve and, above all, those who served in the ranks of the russian armed forces and have certain military accounting specialties and relevant experience will be subject to military service.

russian defense minister shoigu clarified that 300,000 reservists would be called up during the partial mobilization.

Russia has been conducting covert mobilization for a long time. The authorities of the aggressor state continue to avoid calling a full-scale war against Ukraine a war.

Read Rubryka's timeline of war: current news on Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression.

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