It is difficult for Russia to recruit the 300,000 reservists that it planned to send to the front in Ukraine. Added to the attempts to leave the country by thousands of people are complaints about the lack of weapons and the little training that some soldiers receive before being sent to the front. Experts say that it will take months to train those mobilized. Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has personally supervised the training of a group of recruits in Alabino, near Moscow.
For its part, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Cyril has called for a spiritual mobilization that will contribute to reconciliation with Ukraine. Two days ago, he already said that the Russians who died in the Ukraine would wash away their sins. However, many Russians have taken to the streets to protest against any kind of mobilization.
At the moment about 2,400 people have been arrested, which has caused the alarm of the United Nations.
“We are deeply concerned about the large number of people who have reportedly been detained in the Russian Federation for protesting after the authorities announced a partial mobilization of troops in the context of the armed conflict in Ukraine,” the rights spokeswoman explained. human rights of the United Nations Ravina Shamdasani.
Meanwhile, thousands of Russians continue to cross the borders to avoid this or future mobilizations. Some 100,000 have arrived in Kazakhstan, more than 60,000 entered the European Union last week, tens of thousands have fled to Mongolia and about 10,000 enter Georgia each day.
“We left Vladikavkaz yesterday at 3:00 p.m. We bought bicycles and got to the border that way. We were in a queue and today we managed to cross the border at 11:00,” explained a young woman after crossing the border.
“Our car broke down 100 meters from here, and we were trapped, myself, my two children, two cats and two dogs. But there are always good people … That’s why we managed to be here,” told another Russian citizen with her two children.
Russia has not closed its borders and says it does not plan to ask other countries to extradite citizens fleeing war for the time being.