Russia’s Defence Minister Shoigu: 87,000 draftees out of 300,000 deployed to combat zones

Out of the 300,000 people drafted under the “partial mobilisation”, 87,000 have already been “sent to the operations areas where the special military operation is conducted”, Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says.

“Unit cohesion course is about to finish at the training grounds. The main effort is concentrated on field training and skills in using communication, navigation, and reconnaissance facilities. Over 3,000 instructors, who have gained combat experience in the special military operation, are involved in this work,” the Minister of Defence adds.

According to Shoigu, “fighting vehicle and tank crews, snipers, artillery and unmanned aircraft system operators, as well as electronic warfare professionals etc.” are being prepared at training centres.

During the early stages of mobilisation, the minister claims, “there have been cases of shortcomings in the work of military commissariats”, however, “urgent measures aimed at improving the organisation of their work” brought results.

He also says that all regions sent the pre-approved number of mobilised men to military units and notes that people conscripted for the compulsory military service “are not to be sent to the area of the special military operation”.

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Earlier today, the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had consulted with lawyers in regards to the presidential decree on the end of mobilisation in the country and there is no need for such a document. He also promised that there would not be a new mobilisation wave announced based on the initial presidential decree.

According to jurist and human rights defender Pavel Chikov, the end of mobilisation is not stipulated in any way by law, unlike martial law, the introduction and cancellation of which are stipulated. However, an official end to mobilisation would make it impossible for the government to announce new waves of mobilisation without a new decree, Chikov notes.

On 28 October, Shoigu briefed Putin on the end of “partial mobilisation” in Russia.

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