Retired, Sick: Russia Admits 'Mistakes' During Mobilization | War in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to mobilize 300,000 men to regain the advantage against the forces Ukrainian.
Russian authorities have promised to fix “mistakes” in the mobilization decreed by President Vladimir Putin after the summons of people who were supposed to be exempted sparked an outcry.
In announcing this partial mobilization of reservists to go to Ukraine on Wednesday, Mr. Putin stressed that only people with military experience or relevant skills would be called up.
But several cases of people over the age of fighting, sick or exempted for other reasons, have provoked outraged reactions on social networks, causing embarrassment and concern from the authorities. .
In the Volgograd region, a 63-year-old retired military man with severe diabetes and brain problems was fired from the training center where he had been summoned, according to the authorities.
In the same region, the principal of a small rural school, Alexandre Faltine, aged 58, received a mobilization order although he had not served in the army. After the publication of a video of his daughter on social networks, where it was widely shared, he was able to return home.
The replacement of Army General Dmitry Bulgakov by Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev comes at a time when the offensive in Ukraine is showing organizational difficulties.
In an unusual admission dysfunctions, the speaker of the upper house of parliament, Valentina Matvienko, curtly reprimanded the regional authorities, who oversee the mobilization.
Improper cases of mobilization […] arouse heated discussions in society and on social networks, she lamented in a statement published on Telegram.
Some judge, seems it is more important to submit their report quickly than to properly fulfill an important mission for the State. Such excesses are absolutely unacceptable, she added.
“Ensure that the partial mobilization is done in full compliance with the criteria announced. And without making a single mistake! »
— Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Upper House of Parliament
These abuses are a new example of the organizational difficulties that have accompanied the beginning of the process since the beginning. Russia's offensive against Ukraine.
On Saturday, the Ministry of Defense announced the replacement of the highest-ranking officer in charge of logistics by General Mikhail Mizintsev, a weight heavy of the staff.
Even if the authorities present the mobilization of people supposed to be exempted as isolated cases, their declarations express a form of concern in the face of the indignant reaction of part of the population.
On Saturday, the chairman of the Kremlin Human Rights Council, Valery Fadeyev, urged Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to urgently resolve the problems noted since the start of the mobilization in order not to undermine public confidence.
Russian police arrest a protester during a rally in Moscow against mobilization reservists ordered by President Vladimir Putin.
He cited as examples the 70 fathers of large families mobilized in the Russian republic of Buryatia, in eastern Siberia, as well as nurses and midwives without any military experience from the region of Sverdlovsk (Urals) summoned under threat of prosecution. judicial proceedings in the event of refusal.
Mr. Fadeyev also criticized those who postpone mobilization orders at two o'clock in the morning, as if they took us all for [deserters]. This method creates discontent, he warned.
Faced with this situation, the governors of the regions of Vladimir, near Moscow, and Leningrad (north-west) have promised that the people mobilized by mistake would return to their homes.
The governor of Leningrad, Alexander Drozdenko, on Sunday asked the heads of the districts of his region to personally take in hand the requests of the inhabitants and to take care of each file.
Several students also claimed they were summoned when authorities had promised they would be excused.
On Saturday evening, Putin signed a decree providing for an exemption for those studying in universities or state vocational schools.
Another controversial situation concerns the case of protesters against the offensive in Ukraine who received an order to mobilization while in custody. There, the Kremlin indicated that it saw nothing illegal.