The mobilization of Russian reservists indicates that the war in Ukraine will be long. However, there is no reason to fear that other countries will be directly involved in this conflict. This was stated for TASR by Jan Ludvík from the Department of Security Studies at Charles University in Prague. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in Russia on Wednesday (September 21). According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 reservists of the Russian Armed Forces will be mobilized based on this decision. Several European countries reacted to Putin’s statement in question, including Lithuania, which announced on Wednesday that it had increased the level of readiness of its army’s rapid reaction forces. The head of the Finnish Ministry of Defense, Antti Kaikkonen, also reacted to the partial mobilization in Russia, who said that the Finnish defense forces are well prepared and that Helsinki is closely monitoring the situation. According to the analyst, the Russian mobilization does not fundamentally change the security situation in Europe. “The mobilization of Russian reserves gives us reason to believe that the war will be long. However, there is no reason to believe that other countries will be directly involved in it,” he stated.
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