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In Russia, women call on Putin not to send men ‘to the slaughterhouse’ anymore (Photo by Vladimir Putin on March 9, 2023)
RUSSIA – Russian women call on Vladimir Putin to save their loved ones. According to CNN, a group of Russian wives and mothers appealed to the Russian president to stop sending their husbands and sons “at the slaughterhouse”, either at the front in Ukraine, in assault groups without training or adequate supplies.
CNN, which states that the information given could not be independently verified, refers to a video shared by the independent Russian channel Telegram SOTA. In this one, we can see women holding up a sign dated March 11, 2023 on which it is written « 580 Separate Howitzer Artillery Division ».
Request for equipment, better conditions and better training
According to the media, they denounce the fact that their relatives have been “forced to join assault groups” early March when they had had only four days of training since their mobilization in September.
“Our mobilized (men) are sent like lambs to the slaughter to storm fortified areas – five at a time, against 100 heavily armed enemy men”said one of them, adding that her husband “ is on the line of contact with the enemy”.
« They are ready to serve their homeland, but in the specialization they trained for, not as stormtroopers. We ask that you withdraw our men from the line of contact and supply the gunners with equipment and ammunition. ask these women.
“I’m leaving because I’m not crazy”
Many Russians, mainly men, fled Russia from September 2022 for fear of being forcibly mobilized. Towards the end of September, many men of military age recounted why they fled their country.
One of them, for example, explained to AFP that he had waited “ for twelve hours to go to Mongolia by car. “ I’m afraid of mobilization”said another, a 23-year-old Muscovite who booked a flight as soon as Vladimir Putin announced on September 21.
“I’m leaving because I’m not crazy and I don’t want to die”, also said a Russian interviewed by BFMTV at an airport. “ I feel like they want to force me to die for a cause I don’t believe in, a cause I have nothing to do with.”he regrets.
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