Ukraine war: ‘I will break my arm, my leg… anything to avoid the draft’

Some of the anti-war protesters who took to the streets on Wednesday were handed military draft papers. Photo Source: bbcnews.com

BBC News Russia reports that for many Russian men the Kremlin’s decision to call up 300,000 military reservists for the war in Ukraine came as a shock.

In the big cities, Russia’s seven-month war on its neighbour has always seemed a long way away. But as soon as President Vladimir Putin’s address was over, it hit home. Being sent into combat was closer than anyone could have imagined.

Office messaging chats exploded with anxious discussions of what would happen next. Plans were made on how to avoid being sent to the front line.

“It was like a sci-fi movie from the 1980s. A bit scary to be honest with you,” says Dmitry, 28, who works in an office in St Petersburg. Staff could not start their working day, glued to the speech on their TV, computer and mobile phone screens.

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11 Comments

  1. Alex Ocana
    September 25, 2022

    This is just the latest scene of hundreds of years of historic ethnic and religious slaughter in East Europe: Poles, Ukrainians, Jews, Russians, Cossacks, Tartars, Turks, Roma, Ruthenians, Austrians, Magyars, their respective religions and ideologies all blaming one another for their problems, nearly continuously slaughtering one another, and refusing to live together in peace. We, in the Caribbean know nothing of their history, can barely tell propaganda from shreds of truth, and it is not our fight.

    Our “fight” is to live together independently, peacefully and develop “living good” as a commonwealth of free people.

    • Alex Ocana
      September 25, 2022

      And darn, how did I manage to not list Germans.

  2. TI NOM
    September 22, 2022

    :lol: :-D :) propoganda..1st covid now this. remember when they said iraq had weapons of mas destruction…life is a cycle

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  3. It’s my damn business
    September 22, 2022

    When I hear this kind of news I getting more upset with Roosevelt Skerrit and Loren Bannis for signing that agreement with Saudi Arabia when they knew damn well that Saudi Arabia is a close ally of Russia like China, and they were in the process of joining Russia in the fight against Ukraine. Something is telling me that Skerrit was ordered to do so by his master China no matter what he says. To me that’s another reason Dominicans should demand the resignation of Roosevelt Skerrit

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    • Pipo
      September 23, 2022

      Saudi Arabia is not a democratic state but I doubt this makes them an ally of Putin’s Russia. If anything, they are competitors in the oil and gas markets. Furthermore, the country obtains most of its arms from the west, particularly from the U.S.A and Gt. Britain and surprisingly as off late, also from Israel. I am not aware that we signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia, like we did with Russia in Sochi (Francine Baron) And St. Petersburg (Roosevelt Skerrit), as Suriname did a similar vein about the same time.

  4. Juanita
    September 22, 2022

    Never underestimate the amount of damage that one man, drunk and deluded on power can do in order to hang on to that power. Here in Dominica, one man declared to the effect that he was of a mind to remain in power until his matrimonial son grows up and starts having children of his own. That son was a toddler at the time. Ergo, the man who made that statement will “win” every election for the next 20 plus years, by the hook or by the crook. When leaders believe their country is their ancestral property, forcing citizens to fight or forcing then to join the bandwagon for a piece of resilient bread are both end results.

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  5. Kev
    September 22, 2022

    Funny how Zelensky has called up mass mobilization of men between 18-60 and a lot have also left Ukraine because of that but somehow the media seems to be focused on Russians trying to avoid the draft. Putin and his defense chief shoigu has only called upon 300000 of their reserve service men who number nearly 3 million ,just 10% of their reserves. Also the ones being called to fight are those with military experience . If Zelensky was interested in peace he would instead stop asking for western weapons and instead get with Putin around the negotiating table.

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    • Toto
      September 23, 2022

      Kev, the Americans found themselves in a similar situation when they invaded a country, Vietnam that was not their own. But the Russian situation worse because not only they invading a sovereign country but want to grab and own part of it. How you think these poor Russian conscripts feel fighting for a country that is not their own and most of the local population against them. Their heart can not be in it like the Ukranians, just like the Americans in Vietnam. That’s how I see it.

  6. derp
    September 22, 2022

    No big deal just 300,000 more to add to the fields of Ukraine for fertilizer

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    • Gary
      September 24, 2022

      Your ignorance is so pathetic, be content with your opinion.

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