Putin signs mobilization decree with additional deferments
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with the winners and finalists of the School Teacher of the Year national contest via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.
photo: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP/ Gavriil Grigorov
On state television, the Russian president signed the mobilization decree with changes that allow a certain category of students to defer.
Putin said the decree would defer conscription for additional categories of students, including those enrolled at accredited private universities and certain postgraduate students.
Putin also said that he would expect the situation in the newly annexed territories to stabilize as its forces falter in controlling the territory of these regions. Putin now has annexed 15 per cent of Ukraine and added an additional thousand kilometers to its long borders.
Putin said Ukraine and "its real masters in the West" must know "the citizens of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporozhia, and Kherson have become our citizens forever," Axios reported.
Russia's mobilization border became a great concern for Russia's youth. Many could be seen breaking their arms and legs on videos that circulate in the wilder corners of Russian language social media. Many major Russian cities witnessed protests against the mobilization, which at first was thought to be an all-inclusive mass mobilization.
Russia's annexation of these territories signifies its losses in the war as it has repeatedly threatened a nuclear strike if Russia's territory is attacked and wants to extend this threat to territory its controls and finds it challenging to control amid low morale, ammunition and a high number of casualties.