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Russia admits errors made in mobilization

DW, 27 Sep 2022
Following protests against the Russian mobilization of hundreds of thousands of men to fight in Ukraine, especially in certain regions, the Kremlin has acknowledged certain cases where the mobilization decree "was violated." "In some regions, governors are actively working to rectify the situation," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists. He added that "instances of non-compliance" with the decree were decreasing. "We hope this will speed up and that all errors will be corrected." Peskov also told the journalists that no decision had been made to close Russia's borders despite thousands of people fleeing conscription and seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

A man shot a Russian military officer at a recruitment office in the city of Ust-Ilimsk on Monday. Ust-Ilimsk is located in the sparsely populated Irkutsk region of southern Siberia. Investigators said the suspect was 25 years old. According to local media reports, the suspect walked into the office saying "no-one will go to fight" and "we will all go home now."

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "partial" mobilization for the war in Ukraine following Kyiv's counteroffensive in the northeastern region of Kharkiv. The call-up of reservists has stirred anger in parts of the population.

A woman who identified herself as the man's mother said he was "very upset" after his friend, who had no prior military experience, received mobilization orders.

"They said that there would be partial mobilization, but it turns out that they are taking everyone," local media cited the woman as saying.

Multiple reports have documented how people with no military experience have been called to enlistment office.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had earlier claimed that only Russians with special military skills or combat experience would receive call-up papers. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that some papers had been sent out in error and that this was being corrected by regional authorities and the defense ministry.

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