Autumn conscription will begin today (October 1) in most parts of Russia – including the four Ukrainian regions Moscow illegally annexed one year ago.
The Kremlin considers the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – which are occupied by Russian troops and controlled by Russian-installed governors – part of the Russian Federation territory in the wake of last year’s sham referendums, recognised by no country but Syria and North Korea.
Vladimir Putin, whose nation continues to suffer losses on the battlefield in Ukraine, doesn’t plan to send conscripted personnel in what the Kremlin addresses as its “new regions” to fight in the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced.
Rear Admiral Vladimir Tsimlyansky, Deputy Chief of Russia’s Main Organisational and Mobilisation Directorate, said last week upon speaking about the new move: “Military personnel undergoing military service upon conscription will not be sent to the points of deployment of units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the new regions of the Russian Federation: Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions or to participate there in carrying out the tasks of a special military operation.”
The official also added Russia is not planning a “further mobilisation”, despite Putin’s order issued last year to boost its professional and conscripted combat personnel by more than 30 percent.
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