President Putin said Russia’s conscription system is not fighting in Ukraine. The Russian Ministry of Defense says so.

2013 Russian conscription

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his army do not seem to be on the same page.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that conscription soldiers were sent to war in Ukraine, contrary to Putin’s claim that conscription soldiers “did not participate and do not participate” in the conflict. New York Times Report..

The Center for Strategic and International Studies In 2020, the Russian army was reported to consist of 260,000 drafts (12 months of mission) and 410,000 volunteers, or “contract soldiers.” CSIS also said Russia has been working to reduce its reliance on conscription since 2008.

The “often young and poorly trained recruitment development” in the Russian war between Afghanistan (1979-1989) and Chechnya (1994-1996 and 1999-2000) is very popular in Russia. There was no. Times Note.

Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday that “some of the drafts” sent to fight in Ukraine were captured by Ukrainian troops, but “almost everything” was recalled to Russia. Radio Free Europe..

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin’s order to remove conscription from “special military operations” was said to have been “fulfilled” and “responsible for failing to fulfill that order” in the investigation. I ordered him to punish him. ” Times report.

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