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Putin tells Russian mothers of fallen troops in Ukraine that he shares their pain


Russian President Vladimir Putin met with greater than a dozen moms of troopers who’re serving in Ukraine or have died throughout a battle that started 9 months in the past with Moscow’s invasion in February. 

Talking to them forward of Mom’s Day, noticed in Russia on the final Sunday of November, Mr. Putin on Friday stated their service and sacrifice throughout the “Particular Navy Operation” in Ukraine will not be in useless.

“I would love you to know that I personally, and the entire management of the nation, we share your ache,” he stated, sometimes showing out of breath in a gathering broadcast on Russian tv. “We perceive that nothing can change the lack of a son — particularly for a mom. We might be doing the whole lot so that you don’t really feel forgotten.”

Russian reservists who had been recalled to service have been killed in giant numbers throughout frontal assaults into well-established Ukrainian protection zones across the city of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast. In the meantime, British navy intelligence officers stated that different uncooked troops close to the village of Svatove within the Luhansk Oblast have come underneath heavy Ukrainian artillery bombardment after being ordered to dig a trench system within the space.

“The Kremlin will doubtless be involved that an growing variety of reservists’ households are ready to danger arrest by protesting in opposition to the circumstances their relations are serving underneath,” the UK’s Protection Ministry stated on Twitter.

Some Russian moms criticized Mr. Putin for speaking to rigorously chosen members of the family who would ask questions that had been agreed to beforehand.

“Do you will have the braveness to satisfy us nose to nose, brazenly, not with pre-agreed ladies and moms who’re in your pocket, however with actual ladies who’ve traveled from completely different cities right here to satisfy with you? We await your reply,” Olga Tsukanova, with the Council of Moms and Wives, stated on the Telegram messaging web site, in response to Reuters.

Moscow confirmed that greater than 200,000 Russian reservists have been drafted into the nation’s armed forces since Mr. Putin ordered a partial mobilization in September. The transfer has proved controversial in Russia, sparking demonstrations which were put down with nice power and an exodus in another country by tens of 1000’s of draft-eligible males. 

“Their deployment is usually characterised by confusion over eligibility for service, insufficient coaching and private gear, and dedication to extremely attritional fight missions,” British navy officers tweeted. “Many are being compelled to serve with severe, continual well being circumstances.”

Mr. Putin informed the Russian moms they shouldn’t consider the detrimental reviews of the circumstances their troopers are going through in Ukraine, calling the web a haven for “fakes, lies and deception.”

“You may’t belief something you see there. It has at all times been that means,” he stated. “Info can also be a weapon and the knowledge assaults are an efficient means of preventing.”


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