According to information from the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin has secretly passed a law that could send another million men to fight in Ukraine.
The target, told to a Russian newspaper, is more than three times the figure given in Mr. Putin’s “partial mobilization plan.”
The new figure is likely to heighten fears of conscription among Russians – a concern that has already sparked mass protests and queues to leave the country since the plan was announced on Wednesday.
It comes as some protesters arrested at the anti-war rallies were threatened with deployment to the front lines and reports that men with no military experience were being called up, despite assurances from the Kremlin that this would not happen.
From the remote region of Buryatia, a key source for soldiers in the first wave of invasions, stories emerged of university students being yanked right out of class.
The regional government confirmed reports that at least 11 schools were closed yesterday to be used as mobilization points and school buses are now being used to transport conscripts.
Corresponding Novaya GazetaAn independent exile newspaper, citing an anonymous Kremlin source, states in the redacted section 7 of Putin’s decree that up to a million men could be mobilized.
When asked about the redacted section, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that it included the mobilization target, but said the figure of one million was “a lie”.
About 1,300 people were taken away by police during protests in more than 30 cities on Wednesday, where officers beat and arrested men and women fighting the Kremlin’s partial mobilization order.
There were also reports of administrative and military offices being attacked by arsonists overnight.
At least 15 people arrested in Moscow and one person in Voronezh received a summons asking them to report for military service, police surveillance group OVD Info said.
Anti-war protesters have faced hefty fines and possible prison terms for taking part in rallies.
World leaders yesterday at the United Nations called on Moscow to be held accountable for human rights abuses in Ukraine, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended Moscow’s war and accused its neighbor of committing atrocities.
At a UN Security Council session on atrocities committed in Ukraine since Russia’s February 24 invasion, Lavrov accused Ukraine of threatening Russian security and “blatantly trampling on the rights of Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine.” to step”.
“I can assure you that we will never accept that,” said Lavrov, who came into the hall to speak and then left.
He said countries supplying arms to Ukraine and training its soldiers are parties to the conflict, adding that “the deliberate fomenting of this conflict by the collective West has gone unpunished.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised Washington would continue to support Ukraine in self-defense.
“The very international order that we are gathered here to uphold is being shredded before our eyes. We cannot let President Putin get away with this,” Blinken told the council.
Yesterday’s Security Council meeting took place during the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly.
The Council has been unable to take any meaningful action against Ukraine because Russia is a permanent veto member alongside the United States, France, Britain and China.
International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan told the council there were “reasonable reasons” to believe that crimes falling within the court’s jurisdiction were committed in Ukraine.
UN chief Antonio Guterres said at the meeting that talk of a nuclear conflict was “completely unacceptable”.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday threatened to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.
Referendums on joining Russia are scheduled to take place in several largely Russian-controlled regions in eastern and southern Ukraine from today through Tuesday.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the priority is to resume dialogue without preconditions and exercise restraint on both sides and not let tensions escalate. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)
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https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/vladimir-putin-has-signed-secret-law-to-call-up-a-million-men-to-fight-in-ukraine-according-to-leaked-kremlin-report-42011300.html According to a leaked Kremlin report, Vladimir Putin has signed a secret law “to enlist a million men to fight in Ukraine.”