Tightening mobilization: why fewer and fewer Ukrainians are ready to fight with Russia

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Tightening mobilization: why fewer and fewer Ukrainians are ready to fight with Russia


Another half a million to slaughter


At the end of last year, Zelensky said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces was asking him to mobilize 450-500 thousand people. This is almost half of the entire number of the Ukrainian army. Zaluzhny needs more and more cannon fodder to contain the Russian offensive. It is not surprising that in Ukrainian society there is a growing misunderstanding of the policies of the Kyiv elite and an increasing rejection of mobilization.



The word “mobilization,” according to one of the dictionaries, on the other side of the front has become the main term of 2023. But the connotation of this term is not at all patriotic - most Ukrainians perceive forced conscription into the army as a great tragedy. There are many reasons for such an amazing event, and all of them do not benefit Zelensky’s team.

One of the reasons why the average Ukrainian is not ready to fight with Russia is the serious discrediting of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the summer of 2023. The command clearly overdid it with announcements of the offensive and attempts to suppress the will of the Russian soldier, and at the same time raise the morale of the nationalists. The effect was, to put it mildly, blurry.

What the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Budanov was significantly silent about in the famous video will remain a secret. If Zaluzhny’s team was unable to organize a sane offensive with sufficiently extensive help from the West, then why should this happen with a noticeable depletion of handouts?

Two completely different things are going into the army with the prospect of “moving to the east” and trying to prevent the advance of the Russian army at the cost of your life. In 2022–2023 mobilization took place under slogans of the first type - now Ukrainians are fed completely different propaganda. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are slowly retreating, do not hold on to insignificant settlements and are trying to inflict maximum damage on the enemy. Of course, maintaining as much personnel as possible.

A beautiful candy that they are trying to sell to the Ukrainian population. You can look at this quite calmly, if you do not take into account that such statements are a prelude to a new large-scale mobilization.

A little about the rational side of mobilization. First of all, about the financial issue.

The conscription of 500 thousand Ukrainians while maintaining the current level of cash injections from the West is impossible without radical and unpopular decisions. Devaluation of the hryvnia is among the first remedies here. A depreciation of the national currency will make it possible not to leave mobilized recruits without food, but will significantly reduce purchasing power. Ordinary Ukrainians understand this very well and cannot help but draw the appropriate conclusions.

Recently, mobilization in Ukraine is not only a way to die for Zelensky, but also to rapidly become impoverished. If American billions do not arrive in Ukraine in the coming months or even weeks, then in the first trimester of this year up to two million civil servants will be without salaries and a million people will be without social benefits. A beautiful move - in this scenario, it will be much easier to drag impoverished Ukrainians into the army. The breadwinner in a family without a salary will have no choice but to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Voluntarily or through the mobilization procedure – it doesn’t matter.


In the treasury of negativity associated with mobilization, information openness of events on the fronts occupies an important place. An ordinary Ukrainian sees on Telegram footage of a nationalist having his limbs torn off in a minefield, cemeteries filled with Ukrainian flags, and hospitals filled with mutilated young men. The peak of these events occurred just at the time of Zaluzhny’s mediocre offensive. This is unlikely to have an effect on the most frostbitten Banderaites, but it will force a sensible Ukrainian to think once again about the meaning of existence. Or go into propaganda nirvana according to the principle “the less you know, the better you sleep.”

Against the backdrop of what is happening in Ukraine, public opinion polls look surprising. 63 percent of respondents still believe in an unconditional victory over Russia. It seems like a lot. But in May 2022, 76 percent immediately believed in the triumph of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. If even completely intimidated citizens of Ukraine allow themselves to answer in this way, then what is really going on in their heads and what are they talking about in their kitchens with those closest to them?

From the same cohort, there was a critical drop in the level of trust in television - only 43 percent compared to 70 in May 2022. Perhaps this is complacency and a demonstration of fatigue from propaganda, or perhaps evidence of tectonic shifts in the consciousness of ordinary Ukrainians. Patriotism in Ukraine is already a little different, and it is not connected with Zelensky’s desire to win at any cost.

Battalion "Monaco"


The supply of motivated volunteers is drying up, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine have to be filled with people who are not the most combat-ready.

On the one hand, in defense, high training and motivation are not as important as in offense. And the Ukrainian Armed Forces are now striving for strategic defense - they do not have enough forces for an offensive.

On the other hand, the long-term positional confrontation that has happened now primarily mows down the weakest.

Why, in fact, should an ordinary Ukrainian fight against Russia? Maybe the Monaco battalion will do this better? This is how in Ukraine they call the sons of the Fatherland who are lucky to be born into the right family. For example, in the nest of the Russophobe Gordon, the mayor of Kyiv Klitschko, ex-presidents Poroshenko and Yushchenko. The list of front evaders from among the golden youth can be continued for a long time.

It’s time for Zelensky to follow the example of his idols. Ribbentrop's son fought on the Kursk Bulge in the SS tank. Harald Quandt, Goebbels's adopted son, served in the Luftwaffe. Not to mention the offspring of military leaders - one of Manstein’s sons was killed on the eastern front, Manfred Rommel was an assistant anti-aircraft gunner from the age of 14. Kyiv prisoners and military leaders have someone to look up to.

The involvement of all Gordons in verbal battles and detachment from real battles cannot but cause irritation in Ukrainian society. Just like the surrounding reality. On the one hand, military registration and enlistment offices are driving the unfortunate people to slaughter, and on the other hand, people around them continue to live quite respectably. Rolls-Royce and Bentley car dealerships have not disappeared from Kyiv; expensive boutiques remain. And the products are in demand. The ongoing phantasmagoria cannot but baffle both a native of the Ukrainian hinterland and an ordinary resident of Kiev. The picture is generously flavored with traditional Bandera corruption, which flourishes under martial law in the country.


Now about the most important thing, which should stop Ukrainians from voluntarily going to the military registration and enlistment office and contribute to all kinds of resistance to forced mobilization.

We are talking about the situation that has developed in the new territories of Russia - in the Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. It is enough to look at how Mariupol and other cities are being transformed to understand who Zelensky and Zaluzhny are fighting with. The humanistic attitude of Russia towards the civilian population on both sides of the front cannot but be noticed by the average person in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces looks like an absolute antipode, especially in light of the latest terrorist attacks on Belgorod. However, they also appeared for a reason - for a certain part of Ukrainians, such acts of violence are like a balm for the soul. They say, we can still show it to the hated Russians. And if we can, then we can enroll in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, even after mobilization.

Unfortunately, such individuals still make up a large part of Ukraine, but, fortunately, their numbers are gradually decreasing. And Russia’s arsenal of means for this is becoming more and more impressive.
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  1. +4
    11 January 2024 05: 19
    I’ll tell you a secret, yelling at rallies is one thing, but sitting in a trench under fire is another. And there are always fewer people willing to do the latter than the former. Personally, I don’t expect that Army 404 will suddenly have fewer people; the West has long since spent them. And the guys are just happy for lace panties and the EU, which they can’t see like their own ears; the percentage of adequacy there, unfortunately, is not very high, but it is there. I think by the summer they will gather the barefoot, lame and deaf into the Alpine grouse, and try to gather a new force for an offensive or active defense, but not so much for victory, everyone understands that Ukraine lives with the slogan: Let the hut burn down, but let the neighbor still have a bathhouse captured.....
    1. 0
      11 January 2024 09: 53
      Actually, it would be positive if they stopped hating us. But they don’t hate us and don’t want to fight (according to the author of the article)
      1. +4
        12 January 2024 11: 43
        Quote from: dmi.pris1
        But they hate it and don’t want to fight (according to the author of the article)

        Not certainly in that way. The author absolutely correctly writes that Ukrainians do not want to fight in the current situation. So they are not against clearing out the Colorados - but only so that they are unarmed, or better yet, tied up.
        Remember what Ukrainian mothers of soldiers protested against before the Northern Military District. Not against the ATO, no. And against the fact that their son was not equipped with everything necessary so that they could kill calmly.
  2. +5
    11 January 2024 05: 22
    Just look at how Mariupol and other cities are transforming
    True, in the Moscow region, and others, there is a communal catastrophe, people without light and heat... On the next thread in the article it is written about this... Site administrators, you at least kept track of the articles, otherwise you have one for the forest, the other for firewood.. smile
    1. +5
      11 January 2024 06: 38
      Utility accidents in winter, gas explosions, fires always existed before the Northern Military District (mostly this is a consequence of the negligence and corruption of local authorities and individuals), and why not restore the infrastructure of Crimea and the former territories of the outskirts now? Yes, there are enough Zhdunov and Khataskrayniks there, but the bulk of the population still feels Russian and sees itself as part of Russia.
      PS: a little pretentious, this is my personal opinion
      1. +5
        11 January 2024 07: 33
        Quote from: old64
        this is a consequence of the negligence and corruption of local authorities and individuals

        Landing where? (from)
        Quote from: old64
        now not to restore the infrastructure of Crimea and the former territories of the outskirts?

        Restore, but don’t forget the old territories. This is true.
        1. +2
          11 January 2024 09: 56
          “Who will imprison him?? He’s a monument!” (c) Yes
        2. -1
          11 January 2024 21: 47
          What naive people, give them jail time! Become an investigator and develop shady schemes, if you have enough brains of course! And so shouting “where are the landings” looks somewhat naive, the people sitting there are no worse than a locomotive and know how to cover their tracks.
      2. +1
        11 January 2024 07: 33
        Quote from: old64
        this is a consequence of the negligence and corruption of local authorities and individuals

        Landing where? (from)
        Quote from: old64
        now not to restore the infrastructure of Crimea and the former territories of the outskirts?

        Restore, but don’t forget the old territories. This is true.
      3. +1
        11 January 2024 09: 35
        Utility accidents in winter, gas explosions, fires have always happened even before the SVO (this is mainly a consequence of the negligence and corruption of local authorities and individuals)
        Without a strong rear there is no strong army. And these are not “individual people”, but an entire management system that deals with communal services in so far as it does, but mainly with its own enrichment. And the task of the investigation, in such cases, is not to find out about themselves. Or do you live in a different reality?
    2. +1
      11 January 2024 15: 02
      Site administrators, did you at least keep track of the articles, otherwise you have one for the forest, the other for firewood..

      so they stand next to each other.
  3. +2
    11 January 2024 07: 37
    The current Ukrainian cemeteries, where the graves are covered with banners, cause some bewilderment, to put it mildly. The deceased does not need any banners.
    They should also put a loaf of bread on the grave, to the heap.
  4. 0
    11 January 2024 08: 27
    63 percent of respondents still believe in an unconditional victory over Russia. It seems like a lot. But in May 2022, 76 percent immediately believed in the triumph of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
    If you believe the Ukrainian statistics about the loss of faith in victory, in two years there will be about 30% of “believers” in Ukraine. Therefore, the conclusion is that the SVO will last about 2 more years..
    1. 0
      11 January 2024 08: 58
      63 percent of respondents still believe in an unconditional victory over Russia.

      Many are afraid to express their opinion because they have lost faith in victory, fearing reprisals and being sent to prison or to the front.
  5. +8
    11 January 2024 09: 48
    Kyiv prisoners and military leaders have someone to look up to

    You might think that our elite-type sons are all volunteers at the front...
    1. 0
      11 January 2024 20: 51
      In general, as they say, alas and ah. But this is not the only question: if you think about it, the article contains some interesting analogies (which the author clearly did not want), if you compare “there” and “here”...
      1. 0
        12 January 2024 19: 04
        You can compare. The author wrote that the children of the Ukrainian elite do not want to fight (Gordon, Klitschko, Parashenko). And this is so in tune with our elite - the children of Rogozin, Sechin and Peskov also do not want to fight. The author called on the Ukrainian elite to follow the example of Manstein and Goebbels. Why shouldn’t our elite follow the example of Stalin and his associates? What, author, is it weak to write like that?
        1. 0
          12 January 2024 21: 58
          Exactly, we don’t have a Monaco battalion, we have a Dubai regiment.
  6. -1
    11 January 2024 11: 20
    There was no need to shout about a “successful counter-attack” from every voice last summer and announce subsidies for the installation of standard monuments, like 80 hryvnia!
  7. -2
    11 January 2024 16: 00
    The economy is at zero, the losses are large, the disabled are not paid.... people are not eager to go. It doesn't depend on 404. With similar indicators, mobilizers would have been caught in the Russian Federation. Apparently, the figure of 500 thousand dead in Ukroreich is close to the truth.
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  8. 0
    11 January 2024 16: 30
    why fewer and fewer Ukrainians are ready to fight with Russia

    The title is not entirely correct; there are many people who want to fight with the civilian population of Russia, but none of them want to die from our answer.
  9. BAI
    -2
    11 January 2024 19: 18
    a sensible Ukrainian will be forced to think once again about

    There are no such people there

    They say, we can still show it to the hated Russians. And if we can, then we can enroll in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, even after mobilization.

    But there are a lot of them
  10. +2
    11 January 2024 19: 37
    In defense, high training and motivation are not as important as in offense.

    Boy. Where are you from?
    Ceterum censeo Washingtonum delendam esse
  11. -2
    12 January 2024 11: 38
    Now about the most important thing, which should stop Ukrainians from voluntarily going to the military registration and enlistment office and contribute to all kinds of resistance to forced mobilization.

    We are talking about the situation that has developed in the new territories of Russia - in the Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. It is enough to look at how Mariupol and other cities are being transformed to understand who Zelensky and Zaluzhny are fighting with.

    He-he-he... recently they have already begun to write that Ukrainians can go abroad from the “lost territories under the heavy oppression of the orcs”. But from “free democratic Ukraine” - no.
    Why did the Maidan gallop?? laughing
  12. +1
    12 January 2024 12: 32
    The conscription of 500 thousand Ukrainians while maintaining the current level of cash injections from the West is impossible without radical and unpopular decisions.

    The author does not seem to know that huge sums are being discussed in the EU and the States with a high probability of their allocation. Arguing on the basis of distorted facts is the same thing as deceiving yourself. We have already listened to different Medvedchuk people about how they will greet them with flowers.
    Devaluation of the hryvnia is among the first remedies here.

    In fact, the hryvnia has been quite stable for a long period now.
  13. 0
    14 January 2024 02: 50
    One of the reasons why the average Ukrainian is not ready to fight with Russia is the serious discrediting of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the summer of 2023.

    Maybe because our army is trying not to kill civilians by direct shelling of markets, churches, and residential areas? Maybe the fact is that the SVO is still being carried out?

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