Russia admits mobilization errors, amid growing public opposition

September 27, 2022 6:51 am

[Source: BBC]

The Kremlin has admitted mistakes were made in its drive to mobilize Russian army reservists to fight in Ukraine, amid growing public opposition.

“There are cases when the decree is violated,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said, adding that “all the errors will be corrected”.

Multiple reports say people with no military experience – or who are too old or disabled – are being called up.

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Last week’s mobilization decree has already triggered widespread protests.

President Putin announced what he described as partial mobilization on 21 September, with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu later saying 300,000 reservists would be called up.

However, reports in opposition Russian media suggested that up to one million people could be called up, pointing out that one paragraph believed to be about the exact number of the required reservists was omitted in the published version of Putin’s decree on the official Kremlin website.

A number of military experts in the West and Ukraine say Putin’s decision to call up reservists shows that Russian troops are failing badly on the battlefield in Ukraine – more than seven months after Moscow launched its invasion.

Since the mobilization announcement, more than 2,000 people have been detained at protests across Russia.