March 28, 2024

Russia’s War in Ukraine: Mobilisation in Wartime

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A participant in the opening of the second Ukrainian army recruitment centre, Zaporizhzhia, south-eastern Ukraine, 19 March 2024.
A participant in the opening of the second Ukrainian army recruitment centre, Zaporizhzhia, south-eastern Ukraine, 19 March 2024.

As Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its third year, we launch a new series of briefs on various aspects of the conflict. Many of the authors of these briefs are based in Ukraine.

The war shows little sign of ending. Ukraine is fighting for its survival and is determined to drive Russia from its territory, while Russia continues to hope that it can mobilise sufficient resources to outlast the west’s support for Ukraine. Although there have been important developments at the tactical level—for example, in the increased use of drones by both sides, in Ukraine’s successes in diminishing Russia’s naval power and in its ability to strike targets inside Russia—there has been little movement on the front lines for many months. Both sides have been forced to adjust, operationally and strategically, to the prospects of a drawn-out conflict.

In the first brief of the series, Andriy Stavytskyy examines Ukraine’s need to mobilise, prepare and train half a million men to relieve those who have fought since the start of the full-scale war. This will not only challenge the military but will also have profound economic effects.

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