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Russia says it has mobilized 200,000 troops to fight in Ukraine | Europe | T.W.

Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, assured this Tuesday (04.10.2022) that more than 200,000 citizens have already joined ranks within the framework of “partial” mobilization, which, according to the Kremlin, was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. On September 21. The purpose of this levy was to compensate for the many losses caused by the Russian invaders in Ukraine.

“In accordance with the order of the President of the Russian Federation, partial mobilization has been taking place in the country since September 21. As of today, more than 200,000 people have joined the armed forces,” Shoigu said in a statement. Army commanders. As previously announced by the Defense Minister, the so-called “partial demobilization” will affect an estimated 300,000 men who have been assigned.

Officially, the aim was to recruit those with military experience or skills useful for war. “The preparation of the personnel of the formed units is carried out in 80 polygons and six instruction centers,” announced Shoku, adding that all orders have been issued for the mobilized to receive the necessary equipment.

Many “volunteers”

The Russian minister noted that an unspecified “unspecified number” had turned themselves in at the country’s police stations before being summoned. Shoigu also asked commanders to be responsible for “combat-experienced officers” in order to facilitate the adaptation of the newly incorporated.

The mobilization created protests in Russia and the exodus of fighting-age men who emigrated to countries such as Mongolia, Finland, Georgia and Kazakhstan. Last Thursday, Putin ordered all those in charge of recruitment offices to be sent home in the face of mounting protests and accusations of arbitrariness.

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DZC (EFE, AFP)