Zelenskyy ignoring recruitment failures amid manpower shortages at front, says General Kryvonos

Ukrainian soldiers fire an M777 howitzer at Russian troops in Donetsk Oblast, May 1, 2024
Ukrainian soldiers fire an M777 howitzer at Russian troops in Donetsk Oblast, May 1, 2024

Supreme Commander-in-Chief Volodymyr Zelenskyy is told what he wants to hear, and he does not want to hear about the failure of military recruitment, General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Kryvonos said in an interview with Radio NV on May 10

"He (Supreme Commander-in-Chief Volodymyr Zelenskyy) absolutely does not want to hear about the problems of the failure of the system of recruiting people into the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies," said the general.

Zelenskyy does not want to force Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to manage the transition of the economy to function under a special period or martial law and does not want to sign a conscription plan that would launch the economy in the right direction to meet the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Kryvonos added.

The training of infantry is not given due attention, which led to the misuse of Special Operations Forces instead of infantry, resulting in heavy losses among them.

Problems with conscription in Ukraine

Yevhen Dykyi, a veteran of the Russo-Ukrainian war, said on Radio NV that the Russians were able to push through the front because of the large difference in the ratio of forces that arose because there was no conscription in large Ukrainian cities.

"The frontline is warping because we have a ratio of 1:7 or 1:10 at the front," he emphasized.

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“For us to talk on the air right now, each of our soldiers is holding back a unit of enemy infantry.”

One of the factors that caused Ukraine's current weakness was the failed mobilization for political reasons, the head of the Aerial Reconnaissance Support Center, Maria Berlinska, said in an interview with Radio NV earlier.

Penalties for violating military registration rules should be stricter, the deputy commander of the Third Assault Brigade, Maksym Zhorin, said on May 1.

Read also: US pressures Kyiv to address conscription issues — NYT

The New York Times reported in late April that U.S. officials were "pressuring" their Ukrainian colleagues to resolve the mobilization problems.

Before the vote on the mobilization bill on April 11, Lieutenant General Yuriy Sodol said in the parliament that Russian troops outnumbered the Ukrainian Armed Forces by seven to ten times.

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