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Partial Mobilization Of Russian Troops

What does Partial Mobilization Mean?

  • A Partial Mobilization means Russians who are in the reserve and those who have prior military experience may be enlisted to serve in the Russian army.
  • Russian law allows for Partial Mobilization in the event of foreign aggression or an attack on Russia. This is the first time Russia has mobilized since the 1941 Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.

 

 What Explains Russia’s Latest Move?

  • To stop Ukrainian advances: Ukrainian troops have regained the territory in northeastern and southern Ukraine. Moscow’s units were badly equipped and have suffered large casualties.
  • Prolonged war: This move of partial mobilization shows that Russia is willing to prolong the conflict over several months in the hope of regaining its military edge.

 

Economic Impact of the War on the World and India

  • A lengthy war will dent hopes of a steady economic recovery. There will be further decline in global growth projections and further trouble for commodity and energy markets.
    • The Asian Development Bank cited the continuing war as a key reason for slashing growth projections in Asia for the current financial year.
  • India: Global food and energy inflation would have negative consequences on India’s import bill. A gloomy global economy will also hit India’s exports.

 

India’s Latest stand on the Russia-Ukraine War

  • At the recently concluded, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Indian Prime Minister made remarks that “today’s era is not of war” and Russia should “move onto a path of peace”.
  • Also, New Delhi voted in favour of a resolution to allow Ukrainian President to virtually address the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
  • Both gestures marked a striking departure from the studiously neutrals stance that India had previously adopted toward Russia’s war in Ukraine.

 

Reasons behind India’s Stand

  • Defence cooperation: India is still dependent on Russia for 60 to 70% of its defence requirements. Prolonged war is nothing but an impediment to the essential arm supplies for India.
    • Hence, the Delhi needs Moscow to ensure a resilient and reliable supply chain for its defence needs.
  • In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine India-Russia relationship might undergo an even greater transformation because of the following reasons:
    • Russia’s pursuit of ever-closer ties with China.
    • The greater importance for Russia of its ties with China than with India.
    • Russia’s diminished importance for India’s foreign policy agenda.
    • India’s growing security relationship with the United States

 

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