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Russia: 'A piece of my heart being torn apart' - Relatives of conscripts in Volgograd
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Russia: 'A piece of my heart being torn apart' - Relatives of conscripts in Volgograd


Russian Federation, Volgograd
September 24, 2022 at 22:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Conscripts and volunteers who went to the military commissariat in Volgograd on Saturday shared their emotions after partial mobilisation began as part of the military operation in Ukraine.



"[I feel] emptiness. Like a piece of my heart being torn apart and sent somewhere very far away," the sister of a mobilised man said.

The mother of the conscript Natalia Peresypkina stated that the defence of the country needs people.

"Anyway, someone has to protect us. If not him, then who," asked the woman.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists on Wednesday, saying it was to protect the sovereignty of both Russia and the areas holding votes on joining the federation.

It came just a day after the local administrations in four regions announced plans to hold referenda; the authorities in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), and those set up in Zaporozhye and Kherson after they came under Russian control.

Putin said on Wednesday that he was ready to support the decisions taken, with his country prepared 'to provide the safe environment' and let the people 'express their will'.

However, on Friday, Mykhailo Podolya, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, described the exercise as a 'propaganda show'. President Volodymyr Zelensky himself condemned the 'pseudo-referendum', while his press secretary Sergei Nikiforov claimed that the action meant there would be no chance of a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the LPR and DPR.

Kiev condemned the action, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered martial law and his own full mobilisation in February.

Russia: 'A piece of my heart being torn apart' - Relatives of conscripts in Volgograd
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Conscripts and volunteers who went to the military commissariat in Volgograd on Saturday shared their emotions after partial mobilisation began as part of the military operation in Ukraine.



"[I feel] emptiness. Like a piece of my heart being torn apart and sent somewhere very far away," the sister of a mobilised man said.

The mother of the conscript Natalia Peresypkina stated that the defence of the country needs people.

"Anyway, someone has to protect us. If not him, then who," asked the woman.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists on Wednesday, saying it was to protect the sovereignty of both Russia and the areas holding votes on joining the federation.

It came just a day after the local administrations in four regions announced plans to hold referenda; the authorities in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), and those set up in Zaporozhye and Kherson after they came under Russian control.

Putin said on Wednesday that he was ready to support the decisions taken, with his country prepared 'to provide the safe environment' and let the people 'express their will'.

However, on Friday, Mykhailo Podolya, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, described the exercise as a 'propaganda show'. President Volodymyr Zelensky himself condemned the 'pseudo-referendum', while his press secretary Sergei Nikiforov claimed that the action meant there would be no chance of a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the LPR and DPR.

Kiev condemned the action, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered martial law and his own full mobilisation in February.