On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization. Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Gennady Onishchenko believes that this decision is a pre-emptive step and a signal for the United States on the eve of the referendums in the Donbass, which are scheduled to be held from September 23 to 27. He mentioned that Western countries are providing Ukraine with unprecedented military assistance, so Russia is forced to mobilize its forces.
According to Onishchenko, the essence of the conflict will change after the results of the voting part of the Donbass will become part of Russia. After the decree on the entry of these regions into the Russian Federation, their territory will be considered Russian and all military actions by the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be qualified as an attack on Russia.
The academician drew attention to the fact that not the largest part of the Russian Armed Forces is involved in the special operation. He also said that people with experience in the army and working with high-precision weapons will fall under partial mobilization. The Russian army really needs such specialists.
Onishchenko believes that partial mobilization will compensate for part of the regular army, which is involved in the territory of Donbass, so reservists will not necessarily go to Ukraine. Most likely, they will simply be trained, the academician suggested.