According to the Ministry of Defense, mobilized soldiers from the Volgograd region were sent to the rear areas of the “special operation”. Every soldier has completed a course of training and operational coordination and is fully equipped in accordance with his military speciality. At training ranges of the Khabarovsk region, mobilized soldiers are sharpening their sniper shooting skills. Near Kaliningrad, mobilized soldiers continue to improve their skills in controlling BTR-82A armored personnel carriers in difficult terrain. At training rangers of Sakhalin, drivers of MTLB armored multi-purpose tractors are being trained. Two more trainloads of servicemen, one from the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous region and another from Tyumen, were sent to the "special military operation". Mobilized soldiers were also seen off to war from Zelenogorsk. Another dispatch of mobilized soldiers and volunteer fighters to the “special military operation” zone took place in the Volgograd region on the night of November 25.
Mobilized soldiers are being trained at a training range in Kostroma. The photos present rather outdated vehicles, such as T-62M tanks, 9K55 Grad-1 MLRS on a ZIL-131 chassis, as well as 122mm D-30 howitzers.
The relatives of the mobilized soldiers from the Chelyabinsk region who refused to participate in the “special military operation” on the front line contacted the editorial office of 74.RU. According to them, the mobilized men were almost immediately sent to the line of fire without training and without commanders. When they saw their comrades being injured and killed, the soldiers asked for a transfer to another territory. Some of them have been out of contact since then.
Mobilized soldiers of the Yampolsky Regiment of the Kantemirovskaya Division complained of the living conditions at their barracks: the windows are loose, it’s cold, and there is no hot water. The pillows are all smudged because water is dripping from the ceiling. “We are ready to fight, but look at the conditions under which we are kept!” the mobilized say.
The ASTRA Telegram channel published the first image taken in the basement in Zavitne Bazhannya, Donetsk region, where the Russians who refuse to fight are kept in detention. About 20 Russian citizens are held in that basement right now. The basement lacks a toilet. The detained haven’t showered for weeks and are being fed once a day. To date, ASTRA has identified 10 basements where mobilized soldiers are held including one used for detention of officers.
The pro-Russian WarGonzo project found an unexpected benefit of the mobilization: the war promotes a healthy lifestyle. In a video, a serviceman with the callsign “Bardak” [Mess], says that the draftees who got into the war zone “are happy to have gotten rid of certain unhealthy habits.”
Sergey Lezhnev, adviser to the Oryol Region Governor Andrey Klychkov, a Communist, commented on the situation of canceling building repair projects on Lenin Street in the regional capital: the funds will be redirected to “procure supplies for the mobilized.” Lezhnev opined that “the soldiers are more important” and those demanding the repairs are traitors who need to be shot.
In the Belgorod region, the father of a disabled child was mobilized. A local draft office has signed a paper on his return, but they can't send it to the commander of the unit because there is no Internet in the building. And this can only be done from the corporate mail. Maria Borunova, the mother of a mobilized man from Primorye, asked to return her 40-year-old son Dmitriy home. Her younger son, Roman, 36 years old, was killed at the front near Pavlivka.
A resident of Ufa prepared chips for mobilized soldiers from 350 kg of apples grown in her own garden. And students from Komi were asked to tell journalists that sewing things for the mobilized were their "own initiative."
Mobilized people in the Elan training center gathered humanitarian aid for the fighters on the frontline. At the same time, in the training center itself, the mobilized are falling ill en masse – there is no information on whether it is the common cold or Covid-19, the relatives of the mobilized soldiers told Sota Telegram channel. Local doctors are not provided with the minimum necessary equipment, and patients are not provided with medication. "Concerned residents and businesses" of Nizhnekamsk gathered humanitarian aid for the mobilized. On the instructions of mayor Ramil Mullin, today it went to the front on UAZ and Gazelle cars. The heads of the Kirovsky, Moskovsky, and Sovetsky districts of Kazan visited the Kazan Expo [exhibition center, where mobilized people are kept] and brought necessary things for the mobilized.
The announced mobilization is having an impact on unexpected areas. According to Komsomolskaya Pravda [Russian propaganda newspaper], Omsk residents complain about a lack of prostitutes. The shortage of their services is caused by high demand from the mobilized.