Reuters has reported that Russia has launched a video campaign calling for “real men” to fight in Ukraine and is seeking to recruit up to 400,000 professional soldiers on a voluntary basis.
The Russian military is on a recruitment blitz at a moment the advance of its ground forces in Ukraine is mostly stalled – though at least 80% of the strategic city of Bakhmut is now said to be in Russian hands. If completely captured, it’s expected to mark a major turning-point in the war.
President Putin has yet to order anymore military mobilization or drafts since last September’s ‘partial mobilization’ – which saw as many as 300,000 reservists called up, and which proved to be deeply unpopular given the many thousands of young men that fled the country. But now the Kremlin is looking for more professional soldiers to fight in Ukraine on a voluntary basis, and toward that end has launched a new recruitment initiative based on a video ad campaign which is gaining widespread attention.
The video campaign challenges Russian males on whether they are “a real man” and presents the dichotomy of mundane normal life in society vs. the “excitement” of the battlefield.
Reuters describes that “The ad, set to stirring music, follows a report from British military intelligence and Russian media reports that suggest Moscow is seeking to recruit up to 400,000 professional soldiers – on a volunteer basis – to bolster its forces in Ukraine.”
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