Ukraine.  Staff: Russians in Donbass are looking for soldiers, and are mobilizing them to join the army in hospitals

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a press release that the mobilization of the Russian army on the territory of the so-called separatist Donetsk People’s Republic is taking place even in hospitals. He said that the sick and the lightly wounded are forcibly conscripted into the army and sent to the front, and “the sick are forcibly released.”

“The invaders found a new way to compensate for losses. Recently, representatives of the Russian army began to come to hospitals (in Donetsk). Patients were forcibly demobilized. Fighting” – the Ukrainian employees reported in a statement posted on Facebook.

Forced mobilization in a separatist “republic”.

In July and August, the authorities of the Luhansk region, loyal to Kiev, Donbass Alarmed that in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, existing since 2014, as well as in the occupied Luhansk territories in the spring and early summer, the forced mobilization of the war against Ukraine. As reported, all men up to the age of 65 are sent to fight, including miners – who hitherto enjoyed the status of a protected occupational group – and people from disabled groups.

A soldier on the front line in the separatist “Donetsk Republic”. 20 July 2022PAP / EPA / Alessandro Guerra

On August 22, the head of the regional administration, Serhiy Hidag, announced that the assailants had kidnapped minors aged 14-18 in the Luhansk region, and then gave them an ultimatum: either the captured teenagers or one of the men looking after them. On them, for example their father or brother, should go into the army.

Since February 24, the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there have been numerous reports of poor training, outdated equipment and low morale of soldiers from the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, who usually go to the front lines and die. there collectively.

Main image source: PAP / EPA / Alessandro Guerra

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