This past Wednesday the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, announced his intention to carry out a “partial military mobilization” to fight in the conflict in Ukraine. This measure, which will serve to reinforce the troops already displaced to Ukrainian territory, will mean that more than 300,000 people “with previous military experience” are called up.
According to the Russian president, they will be the reservists ─civilians who carry out their careers normally, but who belong to the military reserve group─ who will now join the pitched battle on the front with Ukraine. The announcement has sparked fear in many Russians, who have sold out of one-way flights from Russia in just a few hours for fear of having to fight in the war.
Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, wanted to clarify the situation of these reservists: only experienced men will be called up, according to the Russian news agency TASS. However, the decree signed by Putin does not specify which Russian citizens are likely to be mobilized, nor does it set limits on the number of people available.
But who are the 300,000 Russian reservists who will be mobilized to Ukraine after the decree signed by Putin?
What are reservists?
The Reserve Corps is made up of former members of the armed forces and of the state security and emergency serviceswho are now dedicated to other tasks, but who maintain their military training.
Thus, in a country like Russia, where men between the ages of 18 and 27 are obliged to comply with the military service for at least a year ─more than 25 million people have completed their military service─, it is estimated that the number of reservists could exceed two million.
Putin’s 300,000 Russian Reservists
More than 300,000 people will be affected by this Putin decree, according to the Defense Minister. Those summoned by the Russian Executive are the so-called reservists, that is, people who “are currently in the reserves, especially those who have served in the armed forceswho have certain military professions and relevant experience”, according to the Russian president himself.
Despite the fact that many of these reservists have never participated in the front, Sergei Shoigu has anticipated that they will only be those with experience those who will go to the front in Ukraine: “These are not people who have never seen or heard anything about the Army. Students can still go to class.”
As pointed out by the chairman of the Defense Committee of the State Duma, Andréi Kartapolov, and also confirmed by the ABC correspondent in Moscow, this first wave of demonstrations will include soldiers up to 35 years old and non-commissioned officers up to 45.