Putin calls up another 120,000 citizens for military service

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with members of the Security Council via video link September 29, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.

The Kremlin leader claimed the announcement had “nothing to do” with the country’s “military special operation” in Ukraine (Image: Reuters).

Vladimir Putin has signed a decree calling for a new routine conscription campaign in the fall, in which 120,000 citizens will be called up for compulsory military service.

The state-run TASS news agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying the announcement was “in no way related” to the conflict in Ukraine.

All men in Russia are required to do a year of military service between the ages of 18 and 27, or complete equivalent training while they are in college.

The draft rather coincides with the next phase of Putin’s “partial mobilization” of the Russian military in the next phase of the war in Ukraine, which will see another 300,000 troops deployed to the front lines.

The news comes as the Kremlin escalated the scale of the conflict, claiming attacks in Ukraine’s recently annexed Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson Oblasts would be viewed as aggression against Russia itself.

But Putin’s pose did little to slow the advance of Ukrainian forces, which today retook the Donetsk region town of Lyman and routed more than 5,000 Russian soldiers less than a day after their illegal annexation vote.

The breakthrough is a tactical and symbolic victory for Ukrainewith the city acting as the main logistics and transportation hub for operations in the region and playing a crucial tactical role for the Kremlin.

Reservists drafted during the partial mobilization take part in a ceremony before departing for military bases in Sevastopol, Crimea, September 27, 2022. REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak

Disabled and elderly reservists were drafted into the front lines as Russia’s morale and manpower fell (Image: Reuters)

In this handout photo from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry's press service, Russian recruiters march ahead of their military training at Patriot Park outside in Moscow, Russia on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a partial mobilization of reservists to bolster his military forces in Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

More than 5,000 Russian troops were forced to flee the recently annexed town of Lyman today as Ukrainian troops swept through the area (Image: AP)

In this handout photo from video released by the Press Service of the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian recruiters take part in military training at Patriot Park outside in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a partial mobilization of reservists to bolster his troops in Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian conscripts have complained that they are given poor equipment and little training before being deployed to the front lines in Ukraine (Image: AP)

Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesman for Ukraine’s Eastern Armed Forces, said earlier: “The Russian group in the Lyman area is surrounded.

“Lyman is important because it is the next step in liberating Ukraine’s Donbass.

“It’s an opportunity to go further to Kreminna and Severodonetsk and it’s very important psychologically.”

Before the withdrawal was confirmed, he claimed that the Russian troops had told their commanders to withdraw but had been told they had to hold their position.

The speed and efficiency of Ukraine’s counterattacks have sent shockwaves through Moscow as Putin scrambles to mobilize as many corpses as possible in an increasingly doomed attempt to hold Russia’s remaining territories.

Footage of older and unfit reservists lining up for basic training this week revealed the dire state of the Russian workforce, with stories surfacing of conscripts with little or no training being sent to the front lines and troops being told to use tampons to treat their to use wounds.

Elsewhere in Russia, a group of conscripts attacked their recruiting officer, leaving him with a “crushed” face after he bluntly told them, “You’re all cannon fodder.”

Russia’s Defense Ministry said by telegram on Saturday that its remaining forces in Lyman were withdrawing from the city “due to the risk of being encircled” and moved to “more advantageous borders”.

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