Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov warned the Russians that the Russian leadership is preparing for a new wave of mobilization and plans to close the country's borders in a week. He stated this in his video message.
«On the eve of the new year, I appeal to the citizens of Russia who are liable for military service. First of all, this concerns residents of large Russian cities. I know for sure that you have about one week left, while there is still at least some choice. In early January, the Russian authorities will close the borders for men, then declare martial law and begin another wave of mobilization. The borders will also be closed in Belarus», — said Reznikov.
He noted that he did not urge the Russians to take his word for it, but he asked them a question: «When you go to war, where you can die or become crippled for life , what exactly will you fight for?».
Reznikov also criticized the «plan» of the Russian military, who have been claiming for 10 months that everything is going «according to plan».
«According to this «plan» in the zones, tens of thousands of prisoners are recruited into a private military company. The owner of this company is allowed to wipe his feet on the regular Russian military. Although ordinary people are thrown into prison for «discrediting the army», — he emphasized.
Reznikov added that, according to this plan, the Russians had been unsuccessfully storming the small Ukrainian town of Bakhmut for half a year, putting tens of thousands of soldiers there.
Also according to the «plan» occupiers Sweden and Finland are completing their entry into NATO, although a year ago these countries wanted to remain neutral.
According to the Minister of Defense, the Russian leadership has long understood that the idea of a war against Ukraine turned into a disaster for them and in the interests of Russia — end this war as soon as possible.
«Those people who unleashed the carnage. Who committed horrendous war crimes are now telling you to rally and defend Russia. Because there are enemies around. They intimidate you (Russians — ed.) with the fact that in the event of a defeat, they will allegedly commit reprisals against all Russians, take away what they have acquired through overwork, organize a tribunal, and so on. It's a lie. You are being deceived again», — Reznikov emphasized.
In his opinion, in fact, Russian officials want to protect themselves and their position and wealth.
«They can tell, that there is some kind of «Plan B». Some kind of secret weapon. That soon the victories will begin again. But their whole plan is to prolong the war. To kill as many people as possible and drive the situation to a standstill. You will go to die just for this. Now I will say not as a defense minister, but as a lawyer. All citizens of Russia, of course, will indirectly pay for the unleashed war. Because of the current leaders, Russia will be forced to compensate for the damage caused to Ukraine within several generations», — added the Minister of Defense.