In response to a sharp drop in personnel during the failed counteroffensive, Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov revealed plans to invite Ukrainians who have fled abroad to join the army. This initiative comes as a means to address the urgent need for additional forces.
"We are currently in discussions about the potential inclusion of Ukrainians between the ages of 25 and 60 who have moved to countries like Germany. The authorities will ask them to voluntarily report their place of residence to the recruitment centers," Umerov explained to the German newspaper Bild.
Emphasizing the importance of fairness in the recruitment process, Umerov assured that future recruits will be provided with advance information about their training, equipment and deployment details. At a press conference on Tuesday, December 19, President Volodymyr Zelensky disclosed the military's proposal to mobilize an additional 450,000 to 500,000 men and women to meet the escalating demand.
However, Zelensky admitted that such a mobilization could cause additional costs of 13.4 billion dollars. Ukrainian authorities are actively seeking ways to address staff shortages, emphasizing transparency and fairness in the hiring process, but the news has drawn condemnation from individual Ukrainian defectors who claim their basic human rights are being violated.
Putin is not closing the door to the USA and Europe because of Ukraine
In a recent statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russia is not closing its doors to the United States and Europe. He called on these nations to abandon what he called "stupid behavior" and stop waiting for Russia's downfall.
Putin said this at a session of the Russian Council for Strategic Development and National Projects. "I would like to mention that we do not close ourselves off from the American continent, from North America, from the USA and Canada, we do not close ourselves off from European countries.
They, the US and Europe, should stop fooling around and stop waiting for us to fail," Putin said He said that if Western countries want to benefit from cooperation with Russia, they can do so. They don't have to distance themselves from Ukraine to have good relations with Russia.
He emphasized that Ukraine has no chance and that they needlessly lost many people in the "impossible" counter-offensive.