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Military seeking mobilisation of up to 500k troops: Zelenskyy – Times of India

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KYIV: Ukraine‘s military wants to mobilise up to 500,000 more troops to fight Russia’s invasion, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday that he has asked them to spell out their plans in detail on what is “a sensitive matter” before deciding whether he grants their wish as the war approaches the two-year mark.
Such a major mobilisationwould cost Ukraine around 500 billion hryvnias ($13.4 billion), Zelenskyy said.Other aspects to be considered include whether troops currently on the front line would be rotated or allowed home leave after almost 22 months of full-scale war.
Ukrainian ministry of defence statistics say the Ukrainian army had nearly 800,000 troops in October. That doesn’t include National Guard or other units. In total, 1 million Ukrainians are in uniform.
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the country’s military to increase the number of troops by nearly 170,000 to a total of 1.32 million.
Putin said earlier Tuesday that the Kremlin’s forces have taken the initiative in Ukraine and is well positioned for the coming year.



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