- A leaked video shows a Russian official saying that soldiers are being killed en masse in Ukraine.
- However, according to Russian media, Alexander Avdonin said he would be in trouble if he did not send more.
- “We have the lowest percentage, so there will be some repercussions,” he told The Moscow Times.
A Russian official said that soldiers are dying in large numbers in Ukraine, but it could get into trouble if it doesn’t send more people to fight, according to Russian news site Siberia Realities.
The statement was reportedly made by Alexander Avdonin, head of military recruitment in Russia’s far eastern Sakha Republic, during a closed-door government meeting. leaked video released by the anti-war Free Yakutia Foundation on Telegram and quoted by this outlet.
Including, Avdon stated that the region had recruited the fewest volunteers of any republic in Russia’s Far Eastern Military District and that, on a per-post basis, they had used only one-third of the required number of volunteers.
To make up for the shortfall, he called on officials to send 15 soldiers a week from each of the republic’s 36 districts by the end of the year.
If they don’t do this, Avdon he added that he and other local officials could have problems with the Kremlin.
“We have the lowest percentage, so there will be some consequences,” he said. as translated by “The Moscow Times”..
Avdon said that the Russian Ministry of Defense, together with Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia, checks the number of recruitments every day and “is already asking questions,” according to the editorial.
Avdon stated that Sakha will still miss the Kremlin’s annual target for 2023 by 20%, leaving it to complete the data in 2024, the daily reports, citing separate video leaked from the Free Yakutia Foundation.
“It would seem that everything has become easier on the front. [But] it doesn’t get any simpler than that. “Boys die in the trenches every day.” Avdon added, by outlet.
Since the last and only appointment in September 2022, the Kremlin has struggled to revive its mobilization campaign.
Military mobilizations in Russia are “unpopular” and the Kremlin will want to avoid such “political moves” in the period preceding next year’s presidential elections scheduled for March, reported by the British Ministry of Defense in October.
About 120,000 Russian troops have been killed since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, U.S. officials say. he told The New York Times. in August.