Government decree requires all Ukrainian males aged 16 to 59 years to register for military conscription.
Conscription also extends to males suffering from ‘infirmities’.
Geopolitical experts Alexander Mercouris and Alex Christoforou of The Duran analyse the latest developments in the NATO-Russia conflict in Ukraine.
Martial law in Ukraine has been extended by a further 90 days.
Ukrainian forces are facing mounting Russian pressure along the entire front, and a dire situation in particular in and around the strategically important town of Bakhmut, which the Ukrainians have defended for months despite Washington military advice last week to pull back.
A third major purge of officials in recent weeks took place in Kiev two days ago with the sacking of Zelensky favourite Oleksii Reznikov from his post as Minister of Defense – a critical role in times of war. Mercouris and Christoforou note that the purges are likely the result of the neo-con faction influence in the US government, who appear to be slowly ‘picking off’ Zelensky’s inner circle – a possible indication that his days as leader are numbered as he becomes superfluous to Washington’s political needs. The purges have left the Ukrainian President increasingly isolated. While no successor for Reznikov has been officially named, rumours say ultra war-hawk and pro-US operative Kyrylo Budanov will be named his replacement.
37-year-old Budanov has never been part of Zelensky’s inner circle of trusted favourites and is described as ‘extremely ambitious’. The commentators note he is likely to be seen, and perhaps installed, by the West as Zelensky’s successor. It is unlikely however, the Russians would enter into any future negotiations with Budanov to end the conflict. They would consider him untrustworthy following his public admission that last year’s peace talks were used by Kiev as a ruse to buy the Ukrainian military time.