The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskydeclared this Wednesday that Russia was preparing to mobilize 300,000 additional troops in June. “I can assure you that Russia is preparing to mobilize 300,000 additional troops on June 1,” he said at a press conference in kyiv with the Finnish president. Alexander Stubb.

Asked about the needs of the Ukrainian army in this regard, Zelensky refused to provide precise figures, but assured that throughout this year “half a million is not needed.” The Ukrainian president himself, who yesterday ratified a law to reduce the age of mobilization from 27 to 25said last December that army commanders had requested the mobilization of 500,000 additional troops.

For his part, during the press conference, Stubb refused to speculate on a scenario in which Finland could send troops to Ukraine. “There is no reason for Finland to send troops to Ukraine. We support Ukraine in every possible way”, underlined the Finnish president, who signed an agreement this Wednesday aimed at providing security guarantees to Ukraine for the next ten years. In the current context, the priority is to provide Kiev with weapons, ammunition and training, as well as to pave the way for its membership in the European Union (EU) and NATO, he said. declared.

Soldier recruitment increases after Moscow attack

The Russian Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday an increase in the number of people enlisted in the country’s armed forces since the Islamist attack on a concert hall in Moscow, carried out ten days ago, in which more than 140 people.

According to the latest report shared by the Defense Ministry, led by Sergei Shoigu, since this event, more than 16,000 people have enlisted in the army, most with “the desire to avenge those who were killed in the tragedy occurred on the 22nd. “March 2024 in the region”. Similarly, the Defense Ministry reported that at a rate of nearly 1,700 people per day, the Russian armed forces have recorded a “significant increase” in enlistments with more than 100,000 people since the start of the year.

Ukraine advocates continuing to attack Russia despite US doubts

The Ukrainian government defended the importance of continuing to carry out attacks on Russian territory against “war infrastructure”, a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken publicly declared that The Joe Biden administration “does not support or facilitate” this type of action, “outside” Ukrainian territory.

Blinken pleaded during an official visit to France to continue helping Ukraine’s armed forces, but distanced himself from attacks on Russia, which have intensified in recent weeks and spread to areas far from the common border.

One of President Volodimir Zelensky’s top advisors, Mijailo Podoliak, made it clear on Wednesday that they would continue these actions. “If we do not attack Russia’s war infrastructure, including oil refining, how can we significantly reduce the potential for aggression?,” he said.

In this sense, he declared that these were “specific” attacks and protected by international law, also stressing that the sanctions adopted by various governments, including Washington, still leave Moscow “enormous opportunities” to continue to “finance aggression”.

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