The Kremlin believes that part of the Russian population “hysterically” reacted to the mobilization
The Kremlin believes that the reaction of part of the Russian population to the partial military mobilization announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday was “hysterical”.
Following the Russian president’s announcement, many Russians left the country by air or road. Airline tickets to nearby countries that do not require visas for Russian citizens will go on sale in the coming days and, if at all, at exorbitant prices. On Wednesday night and since Thursday, large queues have been reported along Russia’s borders with Finland, Georgia, and to a lesser extent Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
In addition, hundreds of people took to the streets and protested in 38 cities across the country against the mobilization and “operations of special forces”, which is officially used here to describe the armed conflict with Ukraine.
“In the first hours after the announcement, even on the first day, one can understand a somewhat hysterical, highly emotional reaction, because indeed, there was some lack of information, which is understandable and justified,” the spokesman said on Friday. . Kremlin Dmitry Peskov in a daily telephone press conference.
However, he said that “from yesterday (Thursday), as per the government’s decision, all hotlines and information bureaus have been activated.”
According to Putin’s press officer, the Russian Defense Ministry regularly answers citizens’ questions on its telephone lines. “The media publishes the reaction of the Ministry of Defense and the statements of the military commissars. Now there is no dearth of information,” he assured.
Putin issued a decree for the first mobilization of the Russian population since World War II to bring 300,000 reservists for the campaign in Ukraine. Starting that same Wednesday, military enlistment offices and military registration offices in the region began imposing fines on those involved. And local and social media outlets have published photos of new Russian soldiers being flown or bused to a training center, where they will undergo a training period before being sent to their final destination, mostly on the Ukrainian front.
According to Russian officials, the mobilization affects those with “military experience” or “specialties” needed by the army. Ex-servicemen below 35 years and officers below 45 years are invited.
The Army General Staff reported that on the first day about 10 thousand people did not wait for the call and volunteered to fight in Ukraine.
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