The wives of the mobilised men from Russia’s Vologda have recorded a video address to Oleg Kuvshinnikov, the local governor, and “the superior authorities”, as per 7x7.
The mobilised men were sent to Mulino, the Nizhny Novgorod region, for training in October, says Yelena Kuznetsova, a local resident. The training was, however “very poor”, she says; the mobilised were only taken to an outdoor range four times.
The men were drafted on 1 October, Kuznetsova says, and found themselves in trenches in Ukraine’s Luhansk region on 16 October where they “had to survive in the trenches with no supplies, no training and no command.” Starting from 1 November, they were taken to Svatove on the front line.
“They only had assault rifles. The lads suffered deadly shelling by Ukraine’s army, they were attacked by mortars and drones, as well as bombers dropping phosphorous shells on them. Our lads were caught in a fiery trap, attacked by both the enemy and the Russian army,” the woman said.
More than 20 relatives of the mobilised from the Voronezh, Kursk and Belgorod regions came to a military unit in the border-straddling town of Valuyki in the Belgorod region and demanded that their men be brought to the territory of Russia.