The russian village took to the streets this Wednesday to protest after the partial mobilization announced by Putin in the framework of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine. More than 800 people have been detained in 37 cities in the country in the national protest organized by a peace movement.
According to the independent organization OVD-Info, in Moscow there were at least 309 detainees and in Saint Petersburg 287, although the number of arrests is increasing rapidly. In the center of the capital, hundreds of demonstrators gathered to shout “no to war”, “Putin to the trench” or “the police are the shame of Russia.”
Partial mobilization announcement
Vladimir Putin announced this Wednesday a “partial mobilization” of the population in the middle of the war in Ukraine, where the Russian forces have suffered several setbacks in recent weeks as a result of a series of counter-offensives by the Ukrainian troops.
The Kremlin leader has explained that he will recruit only to “citizens who are currently in the reserve and, above all, to those who served in the ranks of the armed forces”.
According to Putin, the lack of weapons is responsible for the failures of the Russian troops in Ukraine, and he has assured that he will do everything in his power to defend his territory, something that has been interpreted to mean that it will resort to nuclear weapons if necessary.
sold out tickets
According to ‘The Moscow Times’, tickets began to be scarce minutes after Putin’s televised message and There have been videos of Russian civilians leaving their borders by plane, train and even on footto other EU countries. The most popular destinations are in countries that do not require a visa, such as Armenia, Azerbaijan or Turkey.
Among the most frequent searches on Google in the country is “how to break an arm”since it is one of the valid excuses for not going to war.
EU foreign ministers meet urgently
The foreign ministers of the European Union They celebrate this Wednesday an extraordinary meeting in New York, where they are on the occasion of the UN General Assembly.
The head of European diplomacy, Joseph Borrell, has warned that world peace “is in danger” by the “serious escalation” that the latest decisions of the Kremlin represent.
Several European countries have interpreted these latest announcements as a sign of weakness on the part of Russia. The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchezhas stated that Putin ‘has assumed he is losing the war’; the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholzhas described the mobilization of reservists as a “act of desperation”; and the French president, Emmanuel Macronhas asked all the countries of the world “maximum pressure” on Putin.