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Putin’s call-up ‘admission of defeat’: Polish president

22.09.2022 07:30
The Polish president has said that Russia’s announcement of partial mobilisation for the campaign in Ukraine represented “a show of weakness” and “an admission of defeat.”
Andrzej Duda.
Andrzej Duda. PAP/EPA/Peter Foley

Andrzej Duda made the assessment at a briefing in New York on Wednesday night, Polish state news agency PAP reported. 

'Russia is admitting defeat'

Speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Polish president said: “Russia suddenly, after waging a war for seven months, a war it was supposed to win in 72 hours, for such were the promises, is finally, in fact, admitting defeat.”

Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine and warned the West he was ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia. 

'Show of weakness'

Duda told reporters: “Russia’s youth are now scared out of their wits because nobody knows who else is going to be drafted to Ukraine and who else will have to die as a result of the mistakes that are being made by the Russian authorities and as a result of the thuggish decision to commit aggression against Ukraine.”

Putin’s speech on Wednesday was “a show of weakness,” the Polish head of state said, as reported by the PAP news agency. 

'War must be lost by the aggressor'

On Tuesday, Duda warned in his address to the UNGA that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “is not a regional conflict: it is a source of global fire, this war will bear on our countries and yours. Unless it has already happened.”

He stressed that the war “must be lost by the aggressor.”

Thursday is day 211 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 


Source: PAP, tvpparlament.pl