Putin visited a training ground for mobilized soldiers

Putin visited a training ground for mobilized soldiers

UPDATE DAY

MOSCOW | Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a training ground for mobilized soldiers in the Ryazan region southeast of Moscow on Thursday, according to footage shown on Russian television. 

This is the first time since the announcement of the partial mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists on September 21 that the Russian leader observed on the ground training exercises of these civilians called to support the Russian offensive in Ukraine .

At a shooting range, the Russian president himself tried to shoot an automatic weapon, lying on the ground, a protective helmet over his ears, a black coat on his back, according to these images broadcast on Russian television .

Vladimir Putin also spoke with some mobilized soldiers. “Good luck!” he said to one of them, tapping him on the shoulder.

According to Russian agencies, the Russian president also observed military drills. tactical training or even fire control in the event of a major fire.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, also present during this visit, also gave him an update on the training of these hundreds of reservists mobilized, indicated the Russian agencies.

Vladimir Putin announced on September 21 the partial mobilization of several hundreds of thousands of reservists to try to stem the dynamics of the troops of kyiv in Ukraine.

According to a figure he released last Friday, 222,000 people have already been mobilized, of which 16,000 are already in “units involved in fighting” in Ukraine.