Russia sending conscientious objectors to the front en masse due to lack of soldiers for Kharkiv offensive

Russian conscientious objectors are sent to the front by force, russian media writes
Russian conscientious objectors are sent to the front by force, russian media writes

Russians who refuse to fight against Ukraine are "forcibly sent to the front", Russian media Verstka reported on June 3.

Conscientious objectors from various Russian regions are put on planes and sent to Ukraine "under machine guns", regardless of injury, petitions, or court decisions in cases of desertion.

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Forty men with machine guns and batons came to the Yekaterinburg corps in May to hold and then take between 170-180 people, two lawyers and three families of Russian conscientious objectors told journalists.

Objectors were "herded into buses", sent to a military airfield, and then immediately to Ukraine, Verstrka wrote.

Those mobilized who refuse to fight against Ukraine are kept in military units and forcibly sent to the front. 

The expulsions started en masse in May.

The wife of an objector was told by a Russian investigator that this was from "an order from Moscow." Namely, the refuseniks, who were kept in a Rostov military unit, were "beaten and tied up" when they did not want to get on buses "to Donetsk".

One told relatives while on the bus they were assigned to assault brigades "as a punishment."

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The Russian Defense Ministry may take such measures due to the lack of soldiers "for the siege of Kharkiv", for which, according to the publication's sources, "at least 300 thousand men" are needed, Verstka wrote, citing a lawyer.

"Conscripts and inept reservists who signed the contract are being sent, in particular, to the southern borders of Russia to support units, and to the border troops - to free up experienced soldiers for the offensive on Kharkiv," Verstka reported, citing several sources.

Russia could begin a new wave of mobilization in the coming months, "going beyond its creative recruitment strategies," the Financial Times reported in late May.

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