Green politician Anton Hofreiter on partial mobilization: Putin wants to prolong the war

Anton Hofreiter is pushing for more arms deliveries to the Ukraine.Image: dpa / Michael Kappeler


09/21/2022, 13:0609/21/2022, 13:08

Joana Rettig

After the announcement of a partial mobilization by Russia, the West is alarmed. Against this background, the Greens’ defense politician Anton Hofreiter is again pushing for more arms deliveries to the Ukraine.

Earlier, in a televised address on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilization in view of the war of aggression in Ukraine. According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 reservists are to be mobilized.

Vladimir Putin in his television speech on Wednesday: He announced the mobilization of 300,000 reservists.

Vladimir Putin in his television speech on Wednesday: He announced the mobilization of 300,000 reservists.Image: / imago images

When asked by watson, Hofreiter said:

“With the partial mobilization, Vladimir Putin is proving once again that he is not moving away from his war goals. He is still unwilling to negotiate. With his decision, the Russian President wants to prolong the war. Putin is counting on our support for Ukraine not sustained.”

It is all the more important that Germany continue to provide military, economic and humanitarian support to Ukraine and increase assistance where needed. court rider: “This also includes supplying western armored personnel carriers and battle tanks together with our European partners.”

When asked by watson, military expert Ralph Thiele also urged Germany and the West to take part in military support for Ukraine weapons and ammo ramps up.

Hofreiter: Mock referendums sign of weakness

Hofreiter also sees a further indication of Russia’s military weakness in the short-term mock referendums. had on Tuesday Russia announced that referendums would be held on Ukrainian soil. From September 23 to 27, in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the east and in Kherson and Zaporizhia in the south, a vote should be held on whether these territories should be annexed to Russia.

Hofreiter said: “Because he’s not making any progress militarily, Putin now wants to appropriate the regions he allegedly wanted to liberate in a way that violates international law with fake referendums.”

These are annexations that violate international law, which the international community should never and will never recognize. “Otherwise it would be an invitation to every autocratic and dictatorial regime to attack its weaker neighbors,” said Hofreiter.

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