Russian President Vladimir Putin said that there are no plans to expand the military mobilization and that the drive will be over within two weeks.
“Mobilization is ending. I assume in two weeks all mobilizing measures will be over,” he said Friday.
Some 222,000 out of the planned 300,000 Russians have already been drafted into the army so far, the Russian leader added.
Some background: Last month, Putin called for “partial mobilization” of Russia’s population to support the war in Ukraine. It came at a time when a sudden counteroffensive from Kyiv recaptured thousands of square miles of territory and put Moscow on the backfoot. Experts have said Russia’s forces have been significantly depleted.