Russian conscripts sent to the border of Ukraine already for several months – Russian media

21 September, 01:30 PM
Russian invaders in Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian invaders in Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian conscripts have been sent to Russia’s border with Ukraine for several months already, Russian independent media outlet Kholod reported on Sept. 20, citing executive secretary of the Union of the Mothers Committees of Russian Soldiers Valentina Melnikova.

“These brigades are located in Belgorod, in Bryansk, and in Voronezh, and there is no legal violation here, since they are still on the territory of Russia,” Melnikova said.

“Relatives of conscripts who were transferred near Belgorod contacted me, complaining that they were being forced to do difficult work, and that there was shelling.”

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According to her, conscripts have not yet been sent to the war zone in Ukraine.

“Neither I nor my colleagues have a single complaint like that,” she said. “They don’t send conscripts there, unless there is some sort of contract.”

The BBC’s Russian Service reported on Sept. 16 that Russian servicemen who were called up for military service in the First Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment of the Taman Division in the spring, were being transferred from Moscow Oblast to Belgorod Oblast to “protect the state border.”

Ukrainian forces who liberated parts of Ukraine’s Kharkiv Oblast earlier in September found, on reaching Ukraine’s border, that at least one Russian border post appeared to be unmanned.

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