Remember how Putin promised that “only professional military men” would fight with Ukraine? A year later, Russia closes the borders to men fit for the front A chain of (false) statements by the President and the Ministry of Defense

March 5, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin declaredthat in the “special operation” in Ukraine “only professional military officers and contractors participate.” He assures that there is “not a single” conscript in the war and that the command will not send them to the combat zone. Putin thanks those who voluntarily came to the military registration and enlistment office, but says “their help is not yet required.” “I’m sure it won’t be necessary,” Putin promises.

March 8, 2022

Putin in congratulations on March 8 say againthat conscripts “do not and will not participate in hostilities”. He also assures that in Russia there will be no call for reservists from the reserve.

March 9, 2022

Ministry of Defense of Russia recognizethat conscripts take part in the war. “Unfortunately, several facts of the presence of conscripts in the units of the Russian Armed Forces participating in the conduct of a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine have been discovered,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Major General Igor Konashenkov, official representative of the department, claims that several conscripts were captured.

September 13, 2022

Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov speakthat there will be no mobilization in Russia. “For the moment, no, it’s out of the question,” he says. A day earlier, Peskov declined to answer a question about mobilization, advising him to contact the Defense Ministry. The ministry did not comment.

September 21, 2022

Cheese fries announcement mobilization. He explains its necessity by the fact that Russia opposes “virtually the entire military machine of the collective West”, which seeks to “weaken, divide and ultimately destroy our country”. Putin describes the mobilization as “partial”. Sergei Shoigu, Russian Minister of Defense speakthat 300,000 people will be enrolled in the army. At the same time, in Putin’s decree on mobilization, the point in which the number of people subject to conscription is allegedly indicated is filed.

In his speech, Putin assures that, first of all, those who have completed their military service, have a military specialty and “relevant experience” will be drafted into the army. In fact, the mobilization also reached people without any military experience. In addition, many mobilized were sent to the front even without training.

The mobilized are sent to the war in Ukraine a few days after the call – and they die “Some can’t even be identified – they’re burned, or there’s no face, or there’s no head”

The mobilized are sent to the war in Ukraine a few days after the call – and they die “Some can’t even be identified – they’re burned, or there’s no face, or there’s no head”

Hundreds of thousands of people leave Russia after the announcement of the mobilization.

October 31, 2022

Ministry of Defense of Russia announcement end of mobilization. Igor Konashenkov says that the issuance of subpoenas is stopped, military registration and enlistment offices go to work as usual. But there is no decree from Putin to complete the mobilization. Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov later will explainthat Putin “consulted with lawyers” and they told him that such a decree was not necessary.

April 11, 2023

The State Duma immediately adopts in the second and third readings a set of amendments that radically complicate the “avoidance” of military service. According to the text of the amendments, a digital register of persons liable to military service will be created in Russia, and convocations to the army can be delivered not in person, but in electronic form – on the portal of state services – and by recorded post. The “deviators” will be deprived of their rights: they will not be able to travel abroad, drive a car, buy real estate and take out loans.

Dmitry Peskov speakthat amendments are needed to “improve the military registration system”. When asked if electronic summons would be sent in the event of a second wave of mobilization, he replied: “There is no second wave”.

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