Invading Russian forces are trying to replenish their losses through the forced mobilization of Ukrainian citizens from recently occupied territories, Mariupol mayoral advisor Petro Andriushchenko said on Telegram messenger on Sept. 19.
According to the official, Russian troops have recently abducted male residents of the village of Portivske outside the occupied city of Mariupol to send them to the front to fight against the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“The invaders came and forcibly rounded up all the men under the age of 40 from their houses,” Andriushchenko said.
“Then loaded them into a bus and took them to Donetsk. When asked, without hiding, they answer ‘to the army.’ Forced mobilization is taking place in Mariupol. Mariupol men, do you still believe the propaganda and gauleiters that this will not happen? A normal life and freedom are the only thing that will definitely not happen under Russia. Like gas with heating. But there will be plenty of the rest.”
As reported earlier, the Kremlin regime is replenishing the ranks of its army not only with forcibly mobilized residents of the temporarily occupied territories, but also with various types of mercenaries, in particular prisoners convicted in Russia for particularly grave crimes.