Accompanied by high-ranking military officers, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu walked through a shooting range in the country’s Western military district on Tuesday to inspect the field training of recently mobilised reservists.
The Russian minister inspected the tactical and fire training of reservists who are set to fight in Ukraine and listened to reports from deputy defence minister General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and other military commanders.
At the behest of Shoigu, seasoned officers are engaged in the training process.
The mobilisation, if one is to believe the Russian defence minister, was advancing fast as over 200,000 people have already been drafted into Russian forces by October 4 since Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered a practical mobilisation on September 21.
According to Shoigu’s plan, 300,000 men with previous military experience were to be enlisted to bolster Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where it has suffered a series of debacles in recent weeks.
No upper mobilisation limit was given in the decree signed by Putin. Officials hasten to alleviate public concerns that the actual number could be higher. According to Reuters, even pro-Kremlin figures voice concern that people are being recruited indiscriminately.
The announcement of mobilisation prompted tens of thousands of men to flee abroad with the “how to leave Russia?” phrase topping browser search rankings.
The public remains concerned that the mobilisation could be expanded.