Russia drafted an old man with diabetes, a 17-year-old, and people with no training to fight in Ukraine, reports say — a sign of desperation

A giant pro-military mural in Moscow on September 22, 2022.

Putin announced that some Russians would be forced to fight in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
The new decree is supposed to only only affect those with prior military training.
Reports suggest this is being ignored in a scramble to reinforce the Russian war effort.

Russia is drafting up obviously unsuitable candidates in a scramble to bulk up its army in Ukraine, according to multiple reports. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization on Wednesday, pledging to call up 300,000 people, but only from Russia’s existing pool of military reservists. 

Conscripts and students would not be drafted and the new decree would affect only those with previous combat experience, Russian officials added.

However, evidence is emerging that these standards are being ignored in practice.

A 26-year-old PhD student and lecturer at a prominent Russian university told the BBC this week that two men turned up at his house to draft him, despite his student status.

The student, identified only as Sergei, told the BBC he was confused by the call-up because he has no military experience.

A 63-year-old man from the Volgograd region was also drafted as part of the mobilization, the independent Russian news site The Insider reported. (The outlet has no relation to Insider.)

The man, identified only as Yermolaev, has second-degree diabetes and a brain condition known as cerebral ischemia, The Insider reported. Yermolaev had previously served in the army is retired.

On Thursday, he was still summoned to a medical examination center where he was told by doctors that he was “fit to go to the front,” The Insider reported.  

Insider was unable to independently verify the accounts. 

“People say a lot of men are being taken away, regardless of the criteria”

While Russian officials have promised that only those with …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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