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Russian MoD: 9 reserve regiments preparing for the war against Ukraine

Russian MoD: 9 reserve regiments preparing for the war against Ukraine Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu (Getty Images)

Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu, announced the recruitment of contract soldiers into the reserve regiments to participate in the war against Ukraine, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

According to the Russian official, "nine reserve regiments are being prepared, and they are continuously replenished naturally."

He also mentioned that 38,000 "volunteers" have been recruited, some of whom have combat experience, while others "have completed a six-month contract and are returning for a second time, and some of them for the third time."

Shoigu also spoke about the recruitment of "volunteers" under the supervision of the Russian regions authorities. Particularly, he praised the head of Yakutia.

He also mentioned that a significant number of "women volunteers" have been recruited into the army, mainly consisting of "doctors, medical workers."

Mobilization in Russia

In September, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that during the new wave of mobilization, Russia intends to call up from 400,000 to 700,000 soldiers. This mobilization may also affect Chechnya and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

According to the Russian media, mobilized Russians tend to die in the war in Ukraine on average within 4-5 months after receiving their conscription notice, and every fifth occupier does not survive for more than two months.

Additionally, according to the National Resistance Center, the mobilization plan on the occupied territories is personally overseen by the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev.

According to the Conflict Intelligence Team, the mobilization in Russia in 2022 led to at least 123 new military units.