Russia has stepped up its military mobilization against Ukraine, sparking dissatisfaction. There have been reports of shootings and attempted self-immolation today, and large-scale protests have also taken place in the tightly controlled Inner Caucasus. The Kremlin admitted that “some mistakes” occurred during the mobilization process.
Reuters reported that many recruiting offices were attacked after Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped up military operations against Ukraine after issuing a partial mobilization order on the 21st. The military mobilization order also triggered the latest wave of exodus since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
● The Siberian mobilization center blows up the conscript officer in critical condition
One person was arrested after a gunman opened fire at a recruiting center in the Siberian region of Irkutsk.
A video uploaded to social media shows the man who shot him telling police it was 25-year-old Ruslan Zinin. He opened fire on the recruiting office in the city of Ust-Ilimsk in the Irkutsk region. Another video shows him shooting at least one shot at the recruiting office.
Irkutsk Governor Igor Kobzev said in a Telegram message that a military commissioner was injured in the shooting and is in critical condition. The gunman was immediately arrested and “will certainly be punished”.
● Singing “I don’t want to fight in Ukraine”, the man who tried to set himself on fire was taken away
According to media sources, in Ryazan, about 185 kilometers southeast of Moscow, a man who tried to set himself on fire at the bus stop was taken away in an ambulance after shouting “I don’t want to fight in Ukraine”.
● The authorities strictly control the rare large-scale opposition in the Inner Caucasus
Both Dagestan and Yakutia, which are part of the Russian Federation, protested the draft over the weekend. Both places have already devoted disproportionate troops to the war in Ukraine.
At least 101 people were detained yesterday in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, human rights group OVD-Info said.
Kremlin: “Some mistakes” occurred during the mobilization
The Kremlin acknowledged today that “some mistakes” had occurred in the mobilization of reservists for the Ukrainian military operation, stressing that it had not decided to close the border.
“Indeed, there have been cases of violation of the mobilization order,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “Some governors are actively correcting the situation and we hope that all errors will be corrected.”
He told reporters that “there was no decision” to close the Russian border, amid rumors that the authorities had planned to prevent men eligible for conscription from leaving the country.
● I don’t want to be the cannon fodder mobilization order triggers the influx of cars into Georgia without a visa
Thousands of Russian men fled the country en masse following Russia’s military mobilization order, many of them serving-age men pouring into the Caucasian nation of Georgia.
The report pointed out that the border between Russia and Joe is 20 kilometers long. Nikita, 23, told AFP on the Georgian side of the Kazbegi border crossing: “I had no choice but to flee Russia. Why on earth did I have to be involved in this crazy war? I don’t want to be cannon fodder, I don’t want to be a murderer “.
Denis, 38, said: “Our president wants us all to be involved in this cannibalistic war and his declaration of war is totally illegal. I want to escape. For me, I am not coming to Georgia for vacation, but to immigrate.”
According to Georgia statistics as of June, nearly 50,000 Russians fled to Georgia during the first four months of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In the same period, some 40,000 people fled to Armenia, another country that allows Russians to enter without a visa.
● I hate the invasion of former Russian officers who risked fleeing to Finland
Alex, a former Russian military officer, was born in Crimea and held a Ukrainian passport. After Putin issued a partial mobilization order, he fled to Finland with a suitcase and said he was disgusted by the war and believed Putin would eventually lose.
“I couldn’t help but feel disgusted at the Russian citizens who supported the war,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity, worried about his wife and children still in Russia.
● Finland: 17,000 cross-border Russians exploded over the weekend
After Moscow announced its military mobilization order, Finland said today that nearly 17,000 Russians crossed the border into Finland over the weekend, an 80% increase from the week before.
Traffic at the border has been slightly calmer this morning, but is still busier than in recent weeks, and “the traffic queue is even longer than usual since the outbreak,” Taneli Repo, head of the southern border, told Reuters. – Eastern Finland.
● Ukrainians in the referendum zone to join Russia feared being drafted into the Russian army
Local pro-Russian leaders of Ukraine held a referendum on joining Russia in four states from 23 to 27. Among them, Ukrainians in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia are now concerned that some residents are under fire. in a referendum under threat of mouth, they could be summoned by the mobilization of Moscow.
“Our inhabitants are frightened and terrified, not knowing what will happen tomorrow when they are drafted into the Russian army,” exiled mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov said in a videoconference. . “
Fedorov said the Russian military arrested people on the street and forced people to vote, “not only for themselves, but also for the whole family”.
The only checkpoint in the Kiev-controlled area from the local area, Vasylivka, was not allowed to pass men aged 18 to 35 for 4 days, and was completely closed yesterday.
● Helping Russia to attack dual Ukrainian citizenship Moldova plans to offer sanctions
Moldovan pro-Western President Maia Sandu said today that Moldovan citizens who also possess Russian passports could have their Moldovan citizenship revoked if they were called by Moscow to fight in Ukraine.
In Moldova, the breakaway region of Transnistria, supported by Moscow, has 200,000 people with dual Moroccan and Russian citizenship.
● mobilization order unjustly sick elderly Russian authorities promise to correct the mistakes
When Putin issued a partial mobilization order on the 21st, he said the convocation was limited to those with “relevant” military skills or experience, but the convocation order was mistakenly issued to students, the elderly or the sick, causing complaints Public Authorities on 25th Commitment to Fix Bugs. (Central News Agency, Moscow, 26)