Russia. Defense Minister says 300,000 reservists will be mobilized

Russian Defense Minister announces that 300,000 reservists will be mobilized to fight and that students will not be mobilized.

After Putin’s speech, Sergei Shoigu said, quoted by AFP, that at the moment the fight is “not so much against Ukraine, but against the West”.

According to Sky News, Shoigu said the people “will receive military training before being mobilized”, adding that the mobilization will not include “people who have served as recruits or students”.

Shoigu also put forward a figure for Russian losses, speaking at 5,937 were killed, a number far below estimates given by Ukrainian and Western agencies.

Russia recognizes around 6,000 dead soldiers and estimates 61,200 Ukrainian soldiers killed in the war.

Speaking of the dead, he praised the work of doctors in ensuring that “more than 90 percent of the wounded returned to their posts”. Shoigu also emphasized that more than 61,200 Ukrainian soldiers died, while around 49,400 were wounded.

It is also recalled that the pro-Russians of Kherson, Donetsk, Zaporyjia, and Lugansk announced that they would hold a referendum on integration in the Russian Federation, between 23 and 27 September.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused more than 13 million people to flee – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.2 million to European countries – according to the latest data from the UN, which ranks this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).

The Russian invasion – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security – was condemned by the generality of the international community, which has responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing it on Russia. of political and economic sanctions.

The UN presented as confirmed since the beginning of the war 5,916 dead civilians and 8,616 wounded, stressing that these numbers are far below the real ones.

Source: With Agencies

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