‘He’s clearly very, very desperate’: David Petraeus on Putin’s ‘partial mobilization’ order

Retired Gen. David Petraeus talks with CNN's Brianna Keilar about Russia's "partial mobilization" order from President Putin and the number of men that are now attempting to flee the country. #CNN #News


  1. Putin has managed to make the special operation so popular that Russian men want now to go to their neighboring countries to tell everybody how happy they are.

    1. @barry m Is it cowardly to not want to kill another human being (both sides)? War is a terrible thing and Putin has so much to answer to – have you notice how he has gone onto the battlefield to cheer his troops on? Not. He is the biggest coward of all.

    2. @adam Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov: “Currently, the Armed Forces of Ukraine number 700,000 people, and if we involve the police, the National Guard and the Border Service, there will be almost a million strong army.”

    1. @Belly Dancer Em all Ukraine had to do was not be the 2nd most corrupt nation just behind Russia, all Ukraine had to do was not to sell off military weapons and equipment to Russia that was given to them to fight Russia, all Ukraine had to do was to stop pushing to be included into Nato or the EU this has been one of the most profitable things for Ukraine and I would not be surprised if we found out corrupt Ukrainian officials were working with Russia they did things like placed mines in their own harbors and they complained that they could not ship out merchandise.

    2. @Cl1nton Body count Violence is always wrong. And Putin started a war. This is not something one can defend. Sorry, Putin is the bad guy in this conflict, and the Russian people are brainwashed by his authoritarian regime.

  2. It is really saddening to see many bidding goodbye to their fathers, husbands and sons for a despicable dictator’s ambition and ego, knowing that most likely they wouldn’t be coming home anymore.

    1. @Bruce WayneIt’s a start. It’s never the wrong time to start doing the right thing. Germany teaches tolerance in their schools today.

    1. It’s easier to get people to be heroes when they’ve already been to hell and back defeating a puppet dictatorship. The Russian cowards fleeing their own country should turn back and take Moscow themselves. They could win back their self respect as well as their freedom, for the first time in a 100 years.

    2. @Prince Christyn : They don’t know anything about freedom, democracy or even what it’s like to think freely without being worried that someone might read their mind and report them to the secret police. Forget about military tactics and the conduct of warfare. Their solution in both world wars was either to side with the strongest or throw as many bodies into the meat grinder as took, whilst shooting those who retreat from the heat of battle. Putin is discovering that in the age of satellites and electronic guided missiles, more bodies just mean more targets and therefore more reasons to turn on the f*cker who keeps throwing them into the maw of death. There will still be highs and lows before this thing is over, but Putin will never recover his fortunes. When we see the first entire battalions turning back from the front lines and heading out to Moscow, we will see the overthrow of Russia’s mad dictatorship.

  3. Vladimir Putin consulted with a fortune teller. He asked:
    “How long will I live?”
    The psychic replied: “I cannot tell that but I do know you will die on a Ukrainian holiday.”
    “Which holiday?” Putin asked.
    “Whichever day you die will be a Ukrainian holiday.”

  4. It’s ironic how those moms NOW understand how the moms of Ukraine feel every day. They didn’t care at all a month ago. Glory to Ukraine.

    1. Don‘t forget the Russian woman wailing as she had to leave her vacation spot in Crimea because it felt “like home.“ These don’t represent all Russians though – we cannot forget the brave ones who are protesting & being tortured in prisons. It’s a nightmare all around.

    2. Kind of silly to say they didn’t care. They cared. But now it’s getting screen time. The real monster here is Putin, don’t forget it.

  5. So, their special forces got defeated and now they will send untrained units with half the equipment against 2x the force with 4x the equipment. This is just genius 👏

    1. In Ukraine, back in June, there was a 5th wave of mobilization. In Ukraine, it is prohibited for men of the conscripted age to leave the country.

    2. ​@johnsch1988 what’s your point? Ukraine is smaller than Russia and is actively under attack. Russian and separatist casualties are higher than Ukraine’s.

  6. Glory to the freedom fighters. One good news from the Czech Republic: today, the pro-Putin forces staged another demonstration in this country, but fewer people attended than last time (one month ago), and this despite the fact that the economic situation has worsened and energy prices have trully started to bite.

  7. As for any ‘ironclad security agreement for Ukraine’ – there was one prior to 2014 under the Budapest memorandum in which the UK, Russia and the USA guaranteed Ukraine’s sovereignty. Having been abandoned on that one, any new guarantees will have to be a lot more credible.

    1. @Andrea Madden Don’t you have anything better to do with your life?
      … and no, I didn’t click your bogus link

    2. The only security guarantee is NATO in this case. Short of that, a permanent presence of NATO troops in the country could work until Ukraine is admitted into NATO.

  8. It is easy to start wars but wars have a life of their own. Let this be a lesson to every powerful country that thinks it can simply invade its neighbor and take territory.

  9. Good for the people of Russia waking up to understand you should never let one person dictate your life that can take your life

  10. Ukraine: receives billions in military equipment to arm the people
    Russia: lacking equipment, sends more people…

  11. Our Generals make me proud. Articulate, educated, and well-versed in the art of war. Other countries fear their generals. I actually feel safer with our US Generals on the job.

    1. But what about the mentally deficient people who pretend the United States and its military are the great villain of the world? But what about their feelings.

  12. Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances was signed on December 5, 1994 by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Britain and the United States. When Ukraine was being asked to give up their nuclear arsenal, no one was “reluctant” (6:15). When it came to honoring the agreement in 2014, it proved to not be worth the paper it was written on.

    1. Although, I must say that the US and Britain are doing their bit to help Ukraine. I wish they would do more, but Ukraine has been brilliant in the way it has used the help it has gotten.

  13. When you have Russia vloggers like Nikki Proskin and Konstantin of “Inside Russia” fleeing to neighboring countries you know getting troops mobilize is going to be hard.

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