Russian soldiers from all over the country were tricked into coming Ukraine borderand some were beaten if they resisted, according to the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, a Russian NGO that works to expose human rights abuses in the military.
The group is said to be preparing a complaint to the Chief of the Military Prosecutor’s Office alleging that their sons had only joined the army as conscripts and had been told they were going to the border with Ukraine for exercises. But their status is then suddenly changed to contract soldiers – a role reserved for those with more combat experience and training – and they are suddenly thrust into the fray.
“They are transferring the entire regiment to the contract [soldiers,] although the boys have not submitted any official request for this, nor have any such initiative. There were cases of physical violence and beatings of those who refused to become contract soldiers. And then it’s completely unknown [what happens to them]because they take away their phones,” said Andrei Kurochkin, vice president of the corporation Takie Dela.
“We have received a series of calls from scared mothers all over Russia. They are crying, they don’t know if their baby is alive or well,” he was quoted as saying, adding that it was a “complete disaster” when military service was performed “under duress.” .
“If there is a war, it should be handled by professionals, not untrained ‘greens’,” says Kurochkin.
After hours of fighting in several cities on Thursday, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Russian troops had suffered losses, although it did not provide specific figures. On Thursday night, Russian soldiers “paused their operations and regrouped,” the ministry said.
Ukrainian authorities said two Russian soldiers were also arrested.
The claim that some Russian soldiers were indeed forced into the war with Ukraine came after the British Ministry of Defense issued scene it shows Russia is using portable crematoriums to hide the deaths of its soldiers from the world.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told walkie talkie Vehicle-mounted crematoriums “evaporize” each body placed inside them.
He described the crematoriums as a “very chilling side effect of the way the Russians view their forces.”
“If I were a soldier and knew that my generals had so little faith in me that they followed me across the battlefield with a portable crematorium, or I was the mother or father of a son, the ability to be deployed into a combat zone, and my government. I think the way to cover the loss is a portable crematorium, I am extremely worried,” Wallace was quoted as saying.
Amid worldwide outcry over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin was quick to quell dissent at home. More protests were held in cities around the country on Thursday, but they were quickly dispersed by riot police, who packed the protesters into police cars. OVD-InfoA media source dedicated to tracking arrests during major protests, reported a total of 650 arrests in multiple cities.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-used-beatings-and-tricks-to-forcibly-send-soldiers-to-ukraine-human-rights-group-says?source=articles&via=rss Human Rights Organization said Russia used blows and tricks to force soldiers to go to Ukraine