Navalny says Putin’s mobilization order will result in ‘enormous number of deaths’

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Peter Kavinsky

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accused President Vladimir Putin of trying to “scatter hundreds of thousands of people” in a “criminal war” after he ordered a partial mobilization of Russian reserves.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny made the remark through a recorded video message from prison, which he had posted by his lawyers.

He warned that Putin’s new martial order would lead to a “massive tragedy”.

Navalny, who is serving more than 10 years in prison, said: “This will result in a huge tragedy, in a huge amount of deaths… is now sending a huge amount of Russian citizens into this war.

“It is clear that the criminal war is getting worse, getting deeper, and Putin is trying to get as many people involved in this as possible. He wants to stain hundreds of thousands of people with that blood.”

Navalny’s comments came moments before President Volodymyr Zelensky said his Russian counterpart wanted to “drown Ukraine in blood”.

Speaking to the German newspaper, Bildthe Ukrainian president said that Putin doesn’t care if he is killing Russians as well as Ukrainians.

“He wants to drown Ukraine in blood, including the blood of his own soldiers,” Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian leader argued that Putin’s mobilization came in response to Russia’s failures on the battlefield as a result of the success of the Kyiv counter-offensive.

“He sees that his units are simply running away,” added Zelensky.

The Russian leader warned on Wednesday that Moscow would use “all means” at its disposal to “protect itself”, saying: “It’s not a bluff”.

Under its partial mobilization decree, an additional 300,000 personnel will be called up, said the country’s Defense Minister Sergei Shigou.

Downing Street previously dubbed President Putin’s deployment of Russia’s military reservists a “clear admission” that his invasion of Ukraine was failing.

A spokeswoman #10 said: “We will continue to support the Ukrainian government in the face of this attack on its sovereignty.”

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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