December 7, 2022

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Fall military conscription? Russian soldiers “don’t” go to Ukraine

NIn total, 120,000 Russian citizens have been drafted, 7,500 fewer than the same period last year, and the process of joining the armed forces will be extended until December 31.

“Soldiers performing compulsory military service perform tasks according to the unit they are assigned to, but they are not sent to a zone of special military operations,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said after a meeting with Russian military officials. command.

Meanwhile, he stressed that those who have completed their year of compulsory military service will return home this autumn.

The Russian military command insisted on guarantees that recruits would not be sent to the region of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions recently annexed by Moscow.

However, the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said that once the military instruction period ends, the recruits will “definitely be sent to Ukraine” in March or April 2023.

According to the ISW, depending on the situation on the battlefield, the deployment of recruiters may occur earlier.

Autumn recruitment in Russia usually starts on October 1, but this year was delayed by a month due to partial mobilization ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 21 to deal with the military backlash in Ukraine.

On Friday, Shoigu announced that a plan to mobilize 300,000 reservists had been implemented, assuming the president’s order was fulfilled, 87,000 of which, he said today, had already been sent to the military campaign zone in Ukraine.

Conscription for compulsory military service is carried out throughout the Russian Federation, except for 25 municipalities of the five federal entities located in the Far East of the country, due to their geographical location and climatic conditions.

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“Most of the recruits will be sent to training units, where in five months they will learn to use modern weapons and receive training in military specialties,” said Rear Admiral Vladimir Simlyansky of the General Staff Mobilization Department of the Russian Armed Forces. forces..

According to Simlianski, more than 25,000 recruiting commissions have all the components to equip recruiters.

During the partial mobilization for the campaign in Ukraine, the complaints of the reservists about the lack of the most basic equipment and the fact that they were forced to buy it with their own money multiplied.

Russian law requires all Russian citizens between the ages of 18 and 27 to do military service, which lasts for one year. Evading conscription is punishable by up to two years in prison in Russia.

Between May 1 and September 20 this year, 410 criminal cases were opened against survivors of compulsory military service, which is the highest number of cases in the past ten years, according to the RBC information portal.

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