Britain expressed doubts on Thursday over Russia’s ability to implement what President Vladimir Putin called a “partial mobilization” of 300,000 reservists for the war against Ukraine.
The skepticism has been fueled by a backlash expressed by some citizens in response to Putin’s order.
Despite Russia’s laws on dissent, protesters took to the streets in cities across the country. Nearly 1,200 Russians were arrested in anti-war protests in cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg, according to the independent Russian human rights group OVD-Info.
“Russia is likely to struggle with the logistical and administrative challenges of even mustering the 300,000 personnel,” the British Ministry of Defense said in its daily update regarding the war in Ukraine.
“It will probably attempt to…