Reports are detailing how Russia is going about conscripting soldiers for its ongoing war with Ukraine.
This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the mobilization of military reserves last week. And, Putin’s speech followed significant losses Russia recently suffered in its ongoing battle with Ukraine.
The Russian losses took place earlier this month in a battle that was carried out in the Kharkiv region. It is reported to have been a massive victory for Ukraine, with some reports suggesting that, in the battle, Russia lost about 10 soldiers for every soldier that Ukraine lost.
Whatever the case may be, it is now clear that Russia is going backward and Ukraine is going forwards. Russia is said to have lost thousands of square miles of territory due to Ukraine’s counteroffensive.
Putin responded to the loss with a speech last Wednesday.
In that speech, Putin did a couple of things: for one, he threatened the use of nuclear weapons, saying, “it’s not a bluff.”
The other thing that Putin did was call for the mobilization of Russia’s army, which will include the conscription of civilian reserves. This is Russia’s first mobilization since World War II.
Reports indicate the conscription is now underway.
A report from Reuters has provided examples of the way the conscription is being carried out.
The outlet reports:
Russian employees at airlines and airports have started to receive conscription notices after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial military mobilisation . . . Employees of at least five airlines, including Russian top carrier Aeroflot, and staff at more than 10 airports received notices within a day of Putin ordering the mobilisation, the paper reported.
Quoted sources believe that as much as 50% to 80% of the employees working at such companies could be conscripted. The report details how such companies are complying with the conscription process.
As for how many troops Russia is looking to conscript, the answer, according to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, is around 300,000. What this makes clear is that, even though Ukraine is currently on top in the war with Russia, Russia is still not conceding.