A human rights group says Russian men conscripted to fight in Ukraine are being forced to the front lines with little or no preparation.
Perviy Otdel told Telegram on Wednesday that Russian authorities are illegally taking conscripts to war zones in Ukraine without training exercises or medical examinations. The report is the latest in a series of alleged confusions that followed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order last week to start calling up reservists to shore up his invasion of Ukraine.
According to Perviy Otdel’s post, the group has begun to receive confirmation that conscripts are being forced to write reports saying they are ready to fight in Russia’s “military special operation,” even though they’ve only received two days of training .
The group also said it received information that mobilized Russian troops have not been provided with the promised financial support and their loved ones have reached an impasse after contacting prosecutors.
A recently mobilized Russian said in a video posted to Telegram by Perviy Otdel that new soldiers without any training were sent directly to Kherson, a region targeted by the Ukrainian counter-offensive.
“We were officially told that there would be no training before we were sent to the war zone,” the mobilized Russian, in a military uniform, says in his translated remarks. “The official regiment commander has confirmed this.”
After Putin issued his decree mobilizing 300,000 reservists, Russians fled the country in a hurry. Others have protested the order with more than 140,000 signing a petition. Reports have also surfaced of Russians being drafted in the 1960s, while others were given rusty guns or faced retaliation for complaints.
Rob Lee, Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute think tank, tweeted last week that “the war is now increasingly being waged on the Russian side by people who don’t want to be there.”
“The difference in morale, unit cohesion and other critical factors between Ukrainian and Russian units is getting bigger,” he said.
Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder said during a Tuesday news briefing that the Russian military is already struggling with logistics, troops morale and command since it failed to secure Kyiv early in the war conquer.
“And now, with this mobilization, it’s an attempt to address the overall manpower challenges facing the Russian military,” Ryder said, adding that it “adds another layer of complexity to an already challenging systemic situation when it… about the deployment of these troops.”
Russia is currently defending the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the north and south of the country, he said.
Backed by the Wagner mercenary group, Russia’s military is pushing an offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region to “essentially seize territory,” Ryder added.
news week has reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.
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