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‘It’s a 100% mobilisation’: Day one of Russia’s drive to build its army

By Andrew Roth

22 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A vivid Guardian report from Russia shows the emotional toll of the military call-up across the country—and suggests that the scale of the mobilization may be far greater than the Kremlin admits.

Summons delivered to eligible men at midnight. Schoolteachers pressed into handing out draft notices. Men given an hour to pack their things and appear at draft centres. Women sobbing as they sent their husbands and sons off to fight in Russia’s war in Ukraine.

The first full day of Russia’s first mobilisation since the second world war produced emotional showdowns at draft centres and even signs of protest, while it appears Russia could be considering far more than the 300,000 new conscripts claimed by the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu.

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