According to a report, the Russian military is now forcing people with disabilities and cancer patients to serve in the army and join the war in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin last week announced a partial mobilization of Russian reservists to bolster the country’s army in Ukraine. While the Kremlin said only people with combat experience would be conscripted, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (UAF) report suggests that the Russian army also recruits men with no previous military experience, people with disabilities, cancer patients, parents and elderly men Army.
“In remote settlements of the Russian Federation, the entire male population of a certain age group, despite the lack of past military service experience and combat experience, is the subject of mobilization,” the UAF General Staff wrote in the report released on Wednesday. “There are rare cases of mobilizations of people with disabilities, cancer patients, parents with many children and people over 60 years of age. In some regions, the population tries to resist such forced mobilization.”
The report also noted that conscripts arriving at assembly points in the Belgorod and Rostov regions were forced to buy winter uniforms and military equipment with their own money.
The UAF General Staff report follows similar reporting by legal rights group Perviy Otdel that new recruits are being sent to the front lines without training or military drills.
“We were officially told that there would be no training before we were sent to the war zone,” said a new Russian recruit in a video posted on Perviy Otdel’s Telegram channel. “On September 29 we will be sent to Kherson. The commanders of the regiment have confirmed it.”
Along with the lack of training, other reports have surfaced in recent days pointing to problems the Russian army is facing in terms of equipment and housing.
in the a clip A conscript shared by Ukraine Reporter on Twitter said his unit was denied food, water and a bathroom after they complained about their cramped quarters. In another, a Russian officer was seen telling conscripts to buy tampons to plug gunshot wounds with.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/russia-forces-persons-disabilities-cancer-patients-serve-ukraine-war-report-1838920?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Russia forces ‘people with disabilities, cancer patients’ to serve in Ukraine war: report