KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s navy needs to mobilize as much as 500,000 extra troops to combat Russia’s invasion, however Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned Tuesday that he has requested them to spell out their plans intimately on what’s “a really delicate matter” earlier than deciding whether or not he grants their want because the conflict approaches the two-year mark.

Such a serious mobilization would price Ukraine round 500 billion hryvnias ($13.4 billion), Zelenskyy mentioned. Different elements to be thought of embody whether or not troops at present on the entrance line could be rotated or allowed residence depart after nearly 22 months of full-scale conflict.

Ukrainian Ministry of Protection statistics say the Ukrainian military had practically 800,000 troops in October. That does not embody Nationwide Guard or different items. In whole, 1 million Ukrainians are in uniform.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the country’s military to extend the variety of troops by practically 170,000 to a complete of 1.32 million.

Russia, Ukraine’s far larger neighbor, outguns and outnumbers Kyiv’s forces.

The round 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) entrance line has barely budged this 12 months as a Ukrainian counteroffensive ran up in opposition to sturdy Russian defenses. Now, with winter setting in, troop actions are being slowed by unhealthy climate, putting grater emphasis on the usage of artillery, missiles and drones.

Putin mentioned earlier Tuesday that the Kremlin’s forces have taken the initiative in Ukraine and is properly positioned for the approaching 12 months.

Zelenskyy, talking at a year-end information convention, insisted that the Kremlin’s forces had failed of their efforts to occupy extra of Ukraine since their full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022.

It wasn’t potential to independently confirm battlefield claims by both aspect.

Zelenskyy mentioned that Ukraine has acquired further Patriot surface-to-air programs and superior NASAMS anti-aircraft programs, offering medium- to long-range protection in opposition to Russian missile assaults, however declined to supply extra particulars.

They may assist fend off anticipated Russian assaults on Ukraine’s energy grid over the winter.

Amid indicators of conflict fatigue amongst Ukraine’s Western allies, Zelenskyy mentioned that he was assured that the US and European Union would make good on their guarantees of offering Ukraine with extra navy and monetary assist subsequent 12 months — a vital challenge for Kyiv because it fights its bigger foe.

In different developments:

— The U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, mentioned Tuesday that his company has confirmed greater than 10,000 civilian deaths in Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began. The quantity consists of greater than 560 youngsters, he mentioned.

“The true toll might be considerably greater,” he mentioned.

Additionally, Türk mentioned that his workplace is investigating six new reported circumstances of Russian troopers allegedly killing civilians in Ukraine.

For the reason that begin of all-out conflict in Ukraine, the Russian navy has repeatedly used missiles to blast civilian targets throughout the nation, with devastating consequences.

— The toll the conflict is taking up the Ukrainian financial system was clear in figures printed Tuesday that confirmed the quantity of Ukraine’s items exports by November was 19.3% decrease than in the identical interval final 12 months.

The drop was due largely to Russia’s “blockade of seaports and Russian assaults on our export transport logistics,” Ukrainian Financial system Minister Yulia Svyrydenko tweeted.

Nonetheless, a current uptick in sea exports got here after Ukraine created a short lived grain hall within the Black Sea and launched a ship insurance coverage mechanism, she mentioned, including that the expansion bodes properly for subsequent 12 months.

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Observe AP’s protection of the conflict in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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