First reports of deaths of newly mobilized Russian soldiers in Ukraine – Guardian

16 October 2022, 11:33 PM
Partial mobilization in Russia was announced on September 21 (Photo:Main Directorate of Intelligence)

Partial mobilization in Russia was announced on September 21 (Photo:Main Directorate of Intelligence)

The first deaths of recently mobilized soldiers in Ukraine have been reported in Russia, UK newspaper the Guardian wrote on Oct. 15.

The Russian mobilized soldiers died just a few weeks after the announcement of partial mobilization by dictator Vladimir Putin on Sept 21.

According to the Guardian, "the first coffins are now returning to Russia from Ukraine, bringing the remains of ordinary Russians who at first were promised a quick ‘special military operation’ and now have been drafted to go and fight in a war."

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Western journalists believe that their deaths "may mark another inflection point for Russia in this conflict."

In particular, on Oct. 13, the Chelyabinsk region reported the death of five mobilized soldiers from a single military enlistment office. Four more people died in the Krasnoyarsk region.

Citing data from the BBC’s Russian Service, the Guardian writes that another 14 people died before reaching the front for reasons including suicide, heart attacks, and being killed in fights.

The newspaper also quotes Putin, who at a press conference in Kazakhstan on Oct. 14, said that 16,000 mobilized soldiers were already fighting in Ukraine and that 222,000 Russians had already been drafted.

It is noted that some of the deaths clearly indicate that men are sent to war without proper training.

"Russia’s mobilization drive has been plagued by reports of neglect, unexplained deaths and suicides," the newspaper writes.

The Guardian also cites several similar examples. In particular, one man is reported to have shot himself dead during a training exercise at a military base near St. Petersburg; While a resident of Siberia cut his own throat in a mess hall.

Kremlin dictator Putin announced a "partial mobilization" after the Russian army suffered a heavy defeat in Ukraine, losing swathes of formerly occupied territory in Ukraine’s Kharkiv Oblast.

According to official data from the Russian Defense Ministry, the plan is to draft about 300,000 reservists. However, the part of the published decree ordering the mobilization dealing with the number of draftees is marked only “for official use.”

According to Russian opposition media, the secret paragraph of the plan details the mobilization of around one million Russians for the war in Ukraine.

After the announcement, Russians began to buy tickets abroad en masse to avoid participation in their country’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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