Ukraine: Russia admits deaths of mobilized soldiers

Ukraine: Russia admits deaths of mobilized soldiers


Five Russians drafted to fight in Ukraine, as part of the mobilization ordered in September, died after joining the army, authorities said on Thursday, after similar announcements that have multiplied lately days. 

Russian officials, however, do not specify the cause of these deaths, nor their location.

The press service of the Chelyabinsk region, quoted by the state agency TASS, confirmed the death of five people from this poor and industrial territory located in Western Siberia.

“We will provide all the necessary assistance to the family and loved ones of our fallen soldiers”, indicated the press service, promising to pay one million rubles (16,000 euros) for each deceased.

The old woman, a Russian deputy , Maxime Ivanov, had told him that a conscript from the Chelyabinsk region had died of a drug “overdose” while he was training to go and fight. 

Since the announcement of a military mobilization in Russia on September 21, the Russian press and local officials have repeatedly reported the deaths of mobilized soldiers, mainly in the Urals and Siberia.

The October 3, the deputy Maxime Ivanov had affirmed that three mobilized had died on a military base in the region of Sverdlovsk. According to him, one succumbed to a heart attack, another committed suicide and the last died of alcohol-related cirrhosis after being sent home.

The Kremlin has recognized “errors” in the context of mobilization, with cases of people mobilized while suffering from illnesses or beyond the regulatory age to serve in the army.

The week Last week, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that more than 200,000 people had been mobilized in two weeks to fight in Ukraine, where the Russian army suffered major setbacks in recent Ukrainian counter-offensives.