Russian men break limbs trying to evade Vladimir Putin’s draft

Young Russian men are breaking their limbs and posting footage of the bone-crushing beating online as they try to avoid war in Ukraine.

While some would-be conscientious objectors are fleeing the country following Vladimir Putin’s “partial mobilizations,” others have begun to mutilate themselves to duck compulsory military service.

Footage shared on social media shows a friend trying to break a reservist’s arm with a sledgehammer.

In a dimly lit room, the topless conscript stretches his left arm over a bench.

The friend pulls a sledgehammer over his head, hits the man’s arm with it, then covers his eyes and runs out of shot. The victim stands with his arm hanging limp at his side.

Another video of apparent draft dodging shows a man seemingly breaking his friend’s leg.

The soldier lies at the bottom of a stairwell, his foot resting on the bottom step. The friend climbs up the stairs, then jumps down, landing on the leg bone and stomping it into the ground.

The short clip shows the wounded man grimacing in pain while the friend pulls his sweater over his head, obviously shocked.

Kremlin officials have warned Russians against intentionally injuring themselves to avoid Putin’s mobilization.

But the new trend underscores the desperation among Russians not to be sent to the president’s invasion forces as part of ill-equipped and ill-trained units.

Andriy Yermak, the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, urged the Russians to demonstrate against the mobilization, writing on the messaging app Telegram: “They mutilate themselves to avoid being mobilized.

“Protest is more effective. But this option is not for slaves.”

Since Putin announced last week that he would call up 300,000 reservists, an equal number of men of military age are said to have fled the country.

Other acts of desperation to avoid conscription include one man setting himself on fire and another shooting a military commander at point blank range.

That Washington Post has reported that many have fled to Kazakhstan, according to the country’s interior ministry, which said nearly 100,000 Russians have entered the country since Putin announced conscription on Sept. 21.

At least 10,000 have entered Georgia every day – twice the number before the mobilization, according to local authorities.

Thousands have flown to Turkey, always a popular tourist destination for Russians and now a hub for their exiles, who have arrived on jam-packed commercial flights and even chartered planes over the past week, with some paying thousands of dollars to get one Secure seat to passengers. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd, 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] Russian men break limbs trying to evade Vladimir Putin’s draft

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