Ukraine’s Defence Minister claims Russia and Belarus will close borders for men in January, addresses Russians: ‘When you go to war, what will you fight for?’

Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov has recorded a video message for Russian citizens.

In it, he claims that at the beginning of January Russia will close borders for men, then introduce martial law and impose a new wave of mobilisation. According to Reznikov, Belarus will also close its borders.

“I know for sure that you have about one week in which there is at least some choice left,” he says, without clarifying the source of this information.

“I only want you to ask yourself just one question. And then answer it honestly. When you go to war, where you can die or become a cripple for the rest of your life, what exactly will you fight for? You, personally,” Reznikov questions.

He adds that if the current situation Russian troops are facing in Ukraine was indeed pre-planned, then such a plan could have been drawn up only by “the enemies of Russia”.

Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, previously said that a new mobilisation wave in Russia would start on 5 January.

In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin established a working group on mobilisation issues. The group is headed by Andrey Turchak, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council. There are 31 people in the group. Among them, there are war correspondents Semyon Pegov (known for Telegram channel WarGonzo), Evgeniy Poddubnyy, Alexander Sladkov, and Mikhail Zvinchuk, creator of pro-government Telegram channel Rybar.

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