Russian mobilization: Putin acknowledges mistakes and demands to “correct” them

The mobilization is about 300,000 reservists, but those who are elderly, students or sick claim to be mobilized.

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LRussian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for “errors to be corrected” in Russia’s current mobilization for the Ukraine offensive, amid growing discontent over the often confusing call for force.

The media and Russians on social networks have reported cases of mobilizing the elderly, students, sick or conscripts without military experience. The mobilization sparked demonstrations and sent thousands of men overseas. “This mobilization raises many questions. We must correct all the mistakes and ensure that they do not happen again,” said Mr. Putin’s video conference with his Security Council was broadcast on Russian television.

The President noted that fathers of large families, those suffering from serious illnesses or even those who are very old, are called for all cases to be exempted under the law. If there was a mistake, it should be corrected and those who were summoned without proper reason should be brought home,” Putin emphasized.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had already acknowledged “mistakes” in the mobilization on Monday, saying he should worry about 300,000 reservists with useful skills such as military experience or heavy truck drivers.

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According to the special organization OVD-Info, more than 2,400 people have been arrested during anti-mobilization demonstrations in Russia since it was announced on September 21.

Many Russians have also chosen to leave the country, forming long lines at the borders of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Finland. Airlines were also hit by the storm.

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