A disturbing and heartbreaking video has gone viral on social media showing a Russian girl crying uncontrollably as her recruit father boards a bus to join the invasion of Ukraine amid Vladimir Putin’s mass mobilization.
The images record a minor, apparently a girl, screaming, but it is not seen: “Dad, bye-bye.” Please come back. Dad, bye, dad… Dad…? Meanwhile, her father, somewhere in a group of men, slowly leaves, some never to return, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Russian president has paved the way for up to a million Russians to be conscripted into the armed forces and sent to fight in Ukraine, it has been claimed, as a group of Stary Oskol enlistees in the Belgorod region were caught on video being taken to his army.
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One claim was that these men, who are near the Ukrainian border in the Belgorod region, would be the first of the newly recruited to the front, but they are all supposed to have at least a month of training first.
Separately, university students are seen on video as police drive from their lecture halls to war duty in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia, already one of the regions hardest hit by bloodshed in Putin’s war. .
The scene, at Buryat State University, came a day after Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu promised that higher education students would not enlist.
Putin recently announced that 300,000 people with previous combat experience or specialized skills will be sent to the front lines in Ukraine, and the first batches will be seen saying goodbye to their loved ones.
However, the official order was published with a paragraph ominously deleted. Putin’s spokesman says it relates to the number that can be called, and a source inside the presidential palace now claims it says ‘one million’.
The document also doesn’t mention previous combat experience and sets no limits on who can be summoned except those who are too old, sick or in jail, opening the door for virtually anyone to be recruited.
‘The amount [a ser convocada] it was corrected several times, and in the end they settled for a million,’ the source told the opposition daily Novaya Gazeta.
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Anecdotal evidence from some of Russia’s many regions, where military commissars are already herding people to the front, indicated that the web is stretching much further than Putin suggested.
It appears that the draft is currently focused on Russia’s poorer and more remote eastern regions, probably because Putin feels less threatened by unrest there than he does in his western power bases of Moscow or St. Petersburg.
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