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No need for general mobilization in self-proclaimed Luhansk republic — LPR leader

February 03, 2015, 15:51 UTC+3

LPR head Igor Plotnitsky says the republic's army is strong and well-coordinated

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At a military checkpoint in Luhansk region

At a military checkpoint in Luhansk region

© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS

LUHANSK, February 3./TASS/. The authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) do not see any prerequisites for holding general mobilization, LPR head Igor Plotnitsky said Tuesday.

"There are no prerequisites to sign a mobilization decree. This issue is possible but I am not sure such a situation will arise. We have a strong and well-coordinated army," Plotnitsky said.

The leader of another self-proclaimed republic of eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk People's Republic, on Monday announced a general mobilization would start in 10 days.

"We want to mobilize the number of people needed to increase the numerical strength of our army to 100,000," Alexander Zakharchenko said. "This will be a voluntary mobilization."

Kiev's fourth wave of mobilization

On January 20, Ukraine began a fourth wave of mobilization since the beginning of the operation in Donbas. This time, about 104,000 men aged 20 to 60 are to be mobilized. Ukrainian General Staff spokesman Oleg Boiko acknowledged great problems with mobilization saying conscripts ignore draft cards, and men of military age are leaving for Russia and other countries neighbouring Ukraine.

Russia’s Federal Migration Service extended the period of sojourn in Russia for Ukrainian citizens of recruitment age for more than 90 days. According to the service’s statistics, more than 2.430 million Ukrainian citizens are currently staying in Russia, of whom 1.172 million are men of recruitment age. Plans to extend the term of sojourn for Ukrainian citizens, especially for men of military age, were announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 26.

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