Last Thursday (22), a video posted on social media shows the moment a Russian child says goodbye to his father, taken to the military in Ukraine.
The record, shared by a BBC reporter, does not show the girl, but she can be heard screaming: “Daddy, goodbye… Please come back. Dad, bye, daddy…”.
Unanswered, she cries inconsolably as her father — somewhere in Stary Oskol’s town of recruits — slowly leaves.
The men — who are close to the Ukrainian border in the Belgorod region — were the first of the newly recruited to say goodbye to loved ones and head to the front. A video of the farewell, shared by a journalist from The Guardian, went viral on social media and has already accumulated 2.6 million views and more than 20,000 likes.
However, according to information from the Daily Mail tabloid, it took at least a month of training for them to be sent to the battlefield.
Mobilization to reinforce Russian troops
On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin announced that 300,000 people with previous combat experience or specialized skills would be sent to the front lines in Ukraine.
However, the official order was published without a paragraph. Putin’s spokesman says the deleted information is related to the number of people who can be called. A source inside the presidential palace claims it would be written “1 million”.
“The number [de pessoas a serem chamadas] it was corrected several times and in the end they reached 1 million,” she told the opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
The Telegram General SVR channel, which claims to have sources inside the Kremlin, also said the 300,000 figure was “false” as the actual target would be 500,000 this year and 500,000 next. In addition, he stated that “the general estimate of losses until March next year is around 300,000 dead and wounded.”
The document also doesn’t mention previous combat experience or set limits on who can be summoned, except for those who are very old, sick or imprisoned — which opens the door for virtually anyone to be summoned.
University students, for example, were seen on video being taken by police to a war service in Buryatia – in Russia’s far east – which came a day after Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu promised that school students superior would not be enlisted.
The same happened in Chechnya and Yakutia, where records showed large numbers of men—some of them middle-aged—being loaded onto buses to war.
News of the mobilization sparked fury across Russia, with more than 1,400 people arrested at demonstrations in at least 38 cities on Wednesday.
Putin’s announcement also led to a mass departure, which caused traffic on the borders with Finland and Georgia to increase and airfares out of Moscow to skyrocket and even sell out.
* Intern at R7under the supervision of Lucas Ferreira
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