Soldiers sent to Ukraine after just one day of “training”?
"Will hardly help Russia"
Created: 09/28/2022, 10:28 am
By: Franziska Schwarz
Russian soldiers with the characteristic "Z" symbol (archive image) © Vitaly Nevar / Imago Images
Moscow is apparently acting under extreme time pressure in its partial mobilization.
In Russia, the Kremlin has trouble explaining itself.
News ticker on military events in the Ukraine war.
: Moscow may send untrained soldiers to the front
: Families of conscripts vent their anger
news ticker on military developments
in the Ukraine war is constantly updated.
Washington/Moscow - The bloody fighting in Ukraine continues.
Now Moscow has also announced the “result” of its sham referendums.
"This farce in the occupied territories cannot even be described as an imitation of referendums," said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his recent video address.
However, the Russian partial mobilization continues to be a focus.
According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russia sends soldiers to the front with almost no prior training.
One of the men newly recruited as part of the partial mobilization reported this in a video message.
According to the information, the unit should be transferred to Cherson in southern Ukraine, the military experts write in their analysis of September 27.
Military experts on partial mobilization: Moscow is sending untrained soldiers to the front
The ISW, a Washington-based think tank, suspects that the Russian military wants to increase its troops in southern Ukraine (which had previously fought in the Kyiv and Kharkiv regions) in a very short time.
At the end of August, Russian soldiers there asked to be released because of “moral exhaustion”.
The independent Russian platform
also reported that newly recruited soldiers from Valuiki near the Ukrainian border were sent to the Donbass after just one day of training.
This information could not be checked independently.
"Soldiers with just a day or two of training will do little to strengthen Russia in the fight against Ukraine's counteroffensive," writes the ISW.
Protests in Russia: Families of conscripts vent their anger
Reports that men were being drafted who had never served or were too ill or too old to fight, and mistreatment of new recruits, spread by word of mouth as families vented their anger.
According to ISW information, Vladimir Putin's Kremlin is increasingly trying to correct this image with reports that state intervention has revealed that those who were wrongly conscripted have been released from the recruiting centers.
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However, according to the ISW, the Kremlin also risks undermining the integrity of its important administrative machinery if local authorities continue to be blamed for mistakes for which they are not solely responsible.
In addition, there have been protests against the conscription in dozens of towns in the past few days.
(frs with material from dpa)