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The Kremlin said last week there was no discussion of a nationwide mobilization to bolster its forces.

"The Kremlin said". The Kremlin's useful idiots, most long shown to have zero credibilty , just like the Kremlin's media, will be along soon with some lame defense, most likely a distraction regarding past mistakes made by the 'West'.

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The minimum monthly wage on offer is 160,000 rubles ($2,700), which is almost three times the national average.

And all the whiteware you can find.

Seriously though, with these troops on 3 to 6 month contracts, when they expire, in current morale conditions you would expect the fighter to go home. So you lose that experience, and send in rookies to replace them. It's as if Putin is trying to collect water with a sieve.

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So you lose that experience, 

No, you don't.

The soldier retains it, and he can use it in the next war.

An entire generation of young patriotic men in Russia are about to receive combat training.

This will be of use in in the future for the Kremlin.

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They’re also releasing murderers & rapists from prison to join the army. They’ll fit right in.

End of the day, they’ll end up just being more meat for the grinder - so no loss.

The minimum monthly wage on offer is 160,000 rubles ($2,700)

Dead men don’t get paid.

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An entire generation of young patriotic men in Russia are about to receive combat training.

False !

young Russian men want nothing to do with this war, or any war. They’re doing anything they can to avoid being drafted

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*They’re also releasing murderers & rapists from prison to join the army. *They’ll fit right in.

I 100% agree!

Because that is what the Russian army is, a bunch of murderes and rapists!

But I guess that many of these released prisoners will take their chance and flee from the Russian army and will probably join the Ukraine or flee to another country to be free and not going back to a Russian prison.

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Dead men don’t get paid.

Exactly this. Those already in Ukraine are still waiting for what they’ve been promised. Anyone signing up on the basis of $3000 a month is going to end up sorely disappointed.

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bronco The soldier retains it, and he can use it in the next war.

"Next war", Warmongering again. I wonder whether Putin's keyboard warriors will be first to sign up for their idol's next war, it sounds like Putin is having a bit of trouble coralling his ultra-nationalist followers to enlist, maybe they need to weigh the salaries they're getting now as keyboard warriors against what they could make as actual field military personnel, then decide whether they will be provided with proper kits to fit winters in Eastern Europe and the Arctic.

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They’re doing anything they can to avoid being drafted

What draft?

It's voluntary.

It says so right in the article.

there was no discussion of a nationwide mobilization

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@bronco

he can use it in the next war.

already planning the next war are we ?

you might want to try a more even foe, like Lichtenstein

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False !

young Russian men want nothing to do with this war, or any war. They’re doing anything they can to avoid being drafted

Some.....but there are some fighting for personal glory, financial incentives, and plunder.

"Bring me lots of trench coats and somebody's head": occupier's fiancée orders "war trophies"

https://www.yahoo.com/news/bring-lots-trench-coats-somebodys-073033272.html

There are also a lot of young soldiers who think fighting is like LARPGs. They think they can serve their six months, get the bonus, and get hired by Wagner to travel the world killing POC (mostly civilians) in third world countries.

I want to remind everyone that Wagner's fearsome reputation came from mostly killing unarmed old men, women, and children.

Real military forces has been wiping the floor with these Wagner wannabes.

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to attract volunteers

this don’t mean they are volunteering

promising training for everyone.

even basic army training is 12 weeks. Add on months for specialist areas.

the next step would be a mental examination.

oh, this is priceless.

Sir, if you’re crazy enough to risk your life for our delusional leader, you are in !

there would be physical test of speed, strength and endurance.

we have to ensure you’re fit enough to retreat at a reasonable pace, & be able to take your equipment with you

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I want to remind everyone that Wagner's fearsome reputation came from mostly killing unarmed old men, women, and children.

correct !

and let’s not forget that their leader is a bonafide Nazi fan - he has ss tattoos

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Bronco

So you lose that experience, 

No, you don't.

The soldier retains it, and he can use it in the next war.

Sure. But it's not going to be helpful in Ukraine, which is my whole point.

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The officer in charge of the Rostov truck said Russians and foreigners aged from 18 to 60 with at least a high school education would be eligible.

Quite a broad spectrum. Must be desperate.

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@Ptownsend

"Next war", Warmongering again. I wonder whether Putin's keyboard warriors will be first to sign up for their idol's next war, it sounds like Putin is having a bit of trouble coralling his ultra-nationalist followers to enlist, maybe they need to weigh the salaries they're getting now as keyboard warriors against what they could make as actual field military personnel, then decide whether they will be provided with proper kits to fit winters in Eastern Europe and the Arctic.

Bronco is a paid troll! Haven't you noticed that he write like another well-known poster on JT known for lying.

Don't feed the trolls!

Just ignore their posts!

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@BigYen

It’s very strange that Russia should even need to boost its forces. Pre-invasion, it numbered over 1 million combat troops, so where are they? I remember that in the early days of the invasion certain pro-Putin posters on this page were asking all the time about where the regular Ukrainian Army was, trying to imply that all the resistance was coming from the Azov battalion and that the regular Ukrainian Army was being held back for god knows what reason. So where’s the regular Russian Army gone? Why does Putin want to send raw recruits into Ukraine rather than his trained soldiers? Is he afraid he’ll lose too many of them?

Russia is also worried about their own reputations for military competence if they send their full army in and gets defeated. He will looked really weak amongst his peers.

Putin is partly paranoid. He thinks that the West is ready to invade. He also has to worry about China taking Siberia. He needs to hold them back as a deterrent.

It could also be a false flag operation, and Putin is saving his troops to attack another target while the world is distracted. Only time will tell.

It is know telling what Putin knows with all the intel trump gave Putin for trump's own personal gain.

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Dead men don't walk.

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russian fascist losses have been very heavy, some units have been effectively wiped out, the remnants broken up, inserted in to other units and shoved back in to conflict. No surprise morale is a tad low.

These “volunteer” units are only being given ten days training before being deployed to Ukraine. So not trained troops but cannon fodder, I feel sorry for their parents who will be grieving for them soon, with inadequate outdated equipment and wholly inadequate training, they have little chance of surviving unless they run away or surrender to the Ukrainian army. There is little chance they will see the promised money, those already in Ukraine are complaining of not receiving the promised pay, even when they get back to russia. The local regional budgets are having to fund these “volunteer” units and there is evidence they are falling short of the needed finance.

russia is reverting to the Stalinist doctrine of overwhelming the opposition with sheer numbers, quality not important. But they can’t scrape up the numbers.

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The soldier retains it, and he can use it in the next war.

A) dead men don’t fight in the next war.

B) Shouldn’t Russia be worrying about losing this war before it launches a new war it’s going to lose?

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"Military service on a contract - the choice of a real man."

I remember many months ago when the pro-putin posters were mocking Ukraine for recruiting the young, old and foreign to fight. Turns out those fighting for Ukraine were taking ‘the choice of a real man’.

Odd Russia is now taking the same route. I wonder what happened.

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Bob FosseToday  09:42 am JST

I remember many months ago when the pro-putin posters were mocking Ukraine for recruiting the young, old and foreign to fight. Turns out those fighting for Ukraine were taking ‘the choice of a real man’.

Can you show any supporting quotes from that time? Doesn't sound like anything I've seen here.

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Reports this morning are that the Ukrainians have reached the outskirts of Lysychansk, the city in Luhansk the Russians spent weeks to capture over the summer.

Not a great time to be a Russian soldier.

No, you don't.

The soldier retains it, and he can use it in the next war.

Yes you do. I know because I served 4 years in the army as a radio operator.

I can still remember basic stuff, like how to fire a rifle, etc. But all the trades training I received is basically useless. The vehicles I was trained to operate? Not in use anymore. Ditto with the radios, crypto gear, etc.

And don’t get me started on how my bad knees would screw me over today.

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Yes, they are searching for contract soldiers, that’s correct, but it’s nowhere written that they are sought for the war or ‘special operation’ in Ukraine. That part stems only from your sick propaganda brains.

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Yes, they are searching for contract soldiers, that’s correct, but it’s nowhere written that they are sought for the war or ‘special operation’ in Ukraine. 

What else would they be recruiting soldiers for right now for Christ’s sake???

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Yes, they are searching for contract soldiers, that’s correct, but it’s nowhere written that they are sought for the war or ‘special operation’ in Ukraine. That part stems only from your sick propaganda brains.

"Patriotically-minded citizens are choosing to sign contracts for three or six months to take part in the special military operation," major Sergei Ardashev said”

Major Sergei Ardashev’s sick propaganda brain?

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but it’s nowhere written that they are sought for the war or ‘special operation’ in Ukraine. That part stems only from your sick propaganda brains.

offering the equivalent of 3 months’ wage on a monthly basis to sit around in Russia? Not likely.

These poor sods are cannon fodder. They’re betting “it won’t be me and I’ll get rich.”

Russia is betting most of them will get killed and it won’t have to pay. Which is good because they probably cannot.

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Yes, they are searching for contract soldiers, that’s correct, but it’s nowhere written that they are sought for the war or ‘special operation’ in Ukraine. That part stems only from your sick propaganda brains.

Errr... very first sentence of the article.

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Good luck Schmock

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Russia turns to recruiting trucks, big wages to woo volunteer soldiers:

If true, is Putin seemingly at his wits ends?

He could go "scorched earth, quickly, harshly & uncompromisingly" to react to ongoing depressive situation.

It means nuclear war can't be ruled out..(?)

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Russia army has 1,150,628 servicemen.

Why would it be necessary to recruit untrained civilians, in effect as contract cannon fodder?

It is time for Russian government to admit defeat and withdraw

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Does enlistment also come with a short term insurance policy that benefits their parents?

The selling points for enlistment must be interesting- weaving and ducking practice, how to extinguish tank fires, running (backwards) drills, submerged escape drills (navy), listening to propaganda ad nauseum and artillery practice at civilian targets.

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Different approach to Ukraine where men 18-60 are pressganged and sent to the frontline with only three weeks training, unless they pay $3000 to their local commander to stay in their village as a home guard. Retreating from the battlefield is dealt with by the Neo-Nazi battalions in the rear guard or 15 year prison sentences by the government. According to the WSJ among others, Ukraine doesn’t have enough money to pay their soldiers.

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Why would it be necessary to recruit untrained civilians, in effect as contract cannon fodder?

putin is smart. He is only using low level infantry and out of date weapons. He knows the war will extend into Europe and beyond, including japan with it us bases.

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Tooheysnew....

They’re doing anything they can to avoid being drafted.

Since 2007 the yearly intake of 140,000 or so draftees are prohibited from serving abroad. There will be some serving in Ukraine, this is the Russian military after all, if a commander needs some trucks driven and only has draftees to drive, the draftees are not going to pull out a copy of military regulations and start an argument! But there not a significant number.

If Putin moves from the "special Military operation" to a war footing he could send draftees and more significantly its reservists.... about 2 million.

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Why would it be necessary to recruit untrained civilians, in effect as contract cannon fodder?

Because the only skill required is operating basic artillery.

Most of Russia's regular forces are not engaged in the special operation. They have their standard duties of defending the vast land mass that is Russia.

The Russian's have captured most of the Russian speaking areas, which is what they want.

The rest is just a war of attrition consisting of constant artillery barrage, energy cuts and cold weather.

Russia's got all the time in the world.

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