The hidden seventh article of the presidential order on partial mobilisation includes the number of Russian citizens that will be drafted into the army, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated, quoted by TASS.
“The only thing I can say is that [Russian Defence Minister] Sergei Shoigu said in his interview: 300,000 people. The article mentions the number of up to 300,000 people,” he explained.
Peskov noted that the hidden section of the order is “for internal use only”, so he cannot provide more details. The spokesman was unable to explain why it was decided to classify the information on the number of mobilised persons.
The Kremlin previously published the mobilisation order on its website with article seven missing. The official legal information portal notes that article seven is “for internal use only”.
Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilisation of troops in Russia. According to the presidential order, those who previously served in the Armed Forces, have certain military occupational specialties and the corresponding experience are eligible for mobilisation. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that a total of 300,000 reservists would be drafted.