- Vladimir Putin announced that civilians would be mobilized to fight in the war against Ukraine.
- Viral videos show men saying goodbye to their families and others fighting with officers.
- Some Russians have fled the country while others have resisted the mobilization order.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that 300,000 reservists would be ordered to fight in the country’s war against Ukraine, a wave of videos began to circulate on social media, showing scenes of recruits. Videos show families crying, children shed tears for their fathers, groups of men in buses, and citizens arguing with officials.
One of the most shared videos posted by Pjotr Sauer, A reporter for The Guardian Siberian news outlets credit Taiga for the footage, showing a group of men in heavy jackets carrying bags on a bus. The men can be seen hugging other people who appear to be family members, including a child who is pressed to the window of the bus to say goodbye.
—Pjotr Sauer (@PjotrSauer) 22 September 2022
The clip was taken on Thursday morning in Yakutsk, a Russian city in eastern Siberia, the post said. A worker from Yakutsk told new York Times That the officers were taking the draftees out of the villages by plane.
In another videoShared by The Telegraph, a Russian man described how he was given a draft notice despite being a student, and an official said he had to leave so early that he was out of work in time to see his mother. Couldn’t get out shut him down
A video with almost two million views looks like show local citizens Arguing with a recruiting officer in the Dagestan region, who urged people to fight for the future, according to a Belarusian journalist who shared the clip on Twitter. In response, one person reportedly said, “We don’t even have a present, what future are you talking about.”
—TadeuszGiczan (@TadeuszGiczan) 22 September 2022
Insider also reported earlier On a viral video in which a child was seen crying and crying, “Dad, bye, please come back!” A crowd of men can be seen loading into a bus. The video was originally shared by BBC’s Will Vernon, who said the video’s legitimacy is verified.
—Patrick Reevelp (@Reevelp) 23 September 2022
The video began to spread and spread on social media after Putin announced his enlistment in the army on Wednesday, resulting in widespread tension as many demanded to leave the country, while mass protests in specific cities and regions Demonstrations took place.
Despite Putin calling it a “partial mobilization” of citizens, the president of a local activist group told Guardian That it was a “100% mobilization”, with some people outside the expected combat-experienced range of draftees receiving notice. Russia reportedly drafted students with no military history, and a 62 year old man With brain conditions and diabetes of the second degree.
The mobilization has prompted the Russians to attempt to flee the country to avoid engaging in the war, BBC reported on Friday, addressing the potential for Russian citizens to seek refuge with long lines across the border and at the authorities of neighboring countries. The Kremlin denied that civilians were attempting to escape.
Russia’s military has suffered losses over the past month as a significant retaliatory strike by Ukrainian forces recaptured large parts of territory occupied by Russian forces in the country’s northeast.