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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced today that 300,000 reservists will be called up in accordance with the partial mobilization decreed Wednesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“A total of 300,000 reservists will be called up,” Shoigu said in an interview with the state-run Rossiya 24 television channel.
He stressed that reservists with combat experience or military specialties will be mobilized.
“These are those who have a military specialty, a specialty needed by the Armed Forces, with combat experience. And of course, I want to get ahead of the questions, there will be no mobilization of university students,” said the Defense Minister.
He added that the latter also refers to those who are currently fulfilling their mandatory military service.
“They will not be mobilized or sent to the zone of the special military operation (in Ukraine),” Shoigu clarified.
He explained that Russia has huge mobilization resources, as there are millions of people in the country who have served in the Army, and have military specialties and combat experience.
“Thus you can understand that this mobilization will affect 1 percent or maybe a little more, 1.1 percent of mobilization resources,” the minister added.
According to Shoigu, this partial mobilization has been decreed mainly to control the territory next to the front line.
“The contact line is more than 1,000 kilometers. Naturally, what is behind that line must be secured, and the territory must be controlled. This work (partial mobilization) is done firstly for this purpose,” the defense official stressed.