Because of personnel problems? Russia recruits Ukrainians

The Russian occupiers are planning forced recruitments in the occupied south of Ukraine. This reports the German news website

Russian-appointed occupation officials are reportedly setting up a system to collect conscripts among the residents of the occupied territories. “Federation commissariats” have been established in Kherson and Zaporizhzhya for this purpose. Residents of the Russian-occupied parts of these regions already regularly receive summonses urging them to report to the local commissariats for “military registration.”

Recruitment abroad

Russia has been carrying out attacks against Ukraine for over a year and a half, with President Vladimir Putin mobilizing hundreds of thousands of troops for the war in the neighboring country. The Ukrainian military states that approximately 400,000 enemy combatants are currently active in Ukraine. In addition, it is estimated that as many as 300,000 have been killed in action over the past 19 months or so – an extremely high number. Although Russia has a vast country at its disposal, it is proving increasingly difficult to recruit new soldiers and send them to war.

For this reason, Moscow is now even looking abroad for potential soldiers, including in faraway Cuba, which was once a brother Soviet state. A Russian smuggling network is said to be active there, allegedly luring Cubans into the war with false promises. This was announced earlier this month by the Cuban Foreign Ministry, which stressed that it was working to dismantle this system as the German news platform reports.

Image:, Vladimir Putin (2022-12-14), CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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