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Putin’s Conscripts Won’t Win His War But May Drag It Out

  • From training quality to morale and arms, plan seen wanting
  • Recruits may create space for nuclear threats, energy tensions
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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move to draft in 300,000 reservists to reinforce his troops in Ukraine is likely to extend the war rather than influence its outcome.

Still, it could buy him time to execute a wider strategy -- including exacerbating Europe’s energy crisis and threatening a nuclear strike on unspecified targets -- aimed at undermining foreign military and financial support for Kyiv’s war effort.