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Zelenskyy: No immediate need to mobilize half a million

Zelenskyy: No immediate need to mobilize half a million Photo: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview with Channel 4 News stated that he currently does not see the need to mobilize half a million people into the army.

"I personally do not currently see the need to mobilize half a million people... Not because I want to please someone right now. It's just that life, life is the number one priority. The second aspect is about appropriate actions and operations. So today, I haven't seen clear enough details to say that we need to mobilize half a million," he stated.

According to the president, the third factor is financial support. Zelenskyy added that there is no financial support coming from partners for mobilization and the military.

"So when we talk about half a million, we need to think. There is a request, and we need to calculate everything correctly," added Zelenskyy.

General Staff aims to mobilize an additional 500 thousand people

Recall that back in August of last year, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned that military officials approached him, requesting the opportunity to mobilize more people into the army.

Later, Chief of the General Staff Valerii Zaluzhnyy advocated for expanding mobilization in an article for The Economist, emphasizing the need to replace soldiers on the front lines.

In December, Zelenskyy announced at a press conference that the General Staff had requested the mobilization of another 450-500 thousand Ukrainians.

According to the president, mobilization in Ukraine is primarily a matter of justice. This applies not only to the military but also to those who will be recruited into the army.