Ukrainian reservists vote with their feet: what results of mobilization does Kiev prefer to remain silent about?
In Ukraine, the second wave of military mobilization ended. Although complete statistics are not provided anywhere in open sources, at the regional level, the authorities and military commissioners provide certain data for the local media. And a very disappointing picture emerges for the Kiev authorities.
For the most part, Ukrainian men do not want to fight, evade conscription, and if they join the army, they in every way seek to avoid being sent to the front.
Of those regions for which some kind of statistics was published, perhaps Kiev is in the first place in terms of the number of draft dodgers. Here, firstly, they were able to call up less than half of the planned number, despite the fact that they were hunting for draftees along with the police. Secondly, as recognized by the military commissar of the Ukrainian capital, Vladimir Kidon, less than 10% (!) Agreed to go from the mobilized to the ATO zone. That is, the old-new servicemen simply refuse to carry out orders to advance to the combat zone and go to the service in the units that have already been sent or can be sent to the Donbass. And this is despite the fact that, unlike in other regions of the country, there was practically no burial on the mobilized in the capital.
Further. Despite all the propaganda efforts, for the most part the appeal in the east of Ukraine has been broken. In Sumshchina less than half of the planned number of reservists was mobilized, in Poltava region - a third, in Zaporizhia - a quarter. Odessa and Kherson are strong with their deviationists.
The junta’s obvious hope was the western regions. However, everything here was not smooth.
So, in Zhytomyr, hundreds of already mobilized reservists went on the run, that is, simply deserted. The initiation of criminal cases and the publication of their names in the local media returned to the system no more than half. In Volyn, a large number of soldiers of the 51 th mechanized brigade, sent after leaving the Donbas to the Nikolaev region for a home leave, deserted. Someone officially, but in hindsight, was fired. In Transcarpathia, the call among ethnic Hungarians and Ruthenians was threatened, and, after the last month of the burial of the dead in the east, the chances of mobilizing local people decreased even more. Moreover, it managed to conduct a semi-official sociological survey and found that 87,9% of the population of the region does not support the war in the Donbas and about as many people believe that the affairs of Transcarpathia are more important than the unity of Ukraine. However, the reliability of such results can be questioned.
It is much more difficult to doubt that the Dnipropetrovsk region turned out to be the leader in terms of the number of people mobilized, unexpected for many in Ukraine. It mobilized every tenth of 100 000 conscripts. The military commissar of the region even boasted, comparing this data with the situation in the seemingly so patriotic Lviv region, where only every twenty-fifth of the 70 000 conscripts could be taken to the army. However, the military commissar of Dnipropetrovsk, while keeping silent about the fact that part of his mobilized consisted of Kolomoisky's mercenaries, as well as that local military officials managed to add to the lists of mobilized soldiers who were already in the army, but deprived of the demobilization they were supposed to. In addition, unlike Lviv recruits, many Dnepropetrovsk soldiers are not sent to war, leaving to protect the rear and the native region, which became the patrimony of the oligarch Beni. The 25 airborne brigade, staffed largely by local natives, judging by the information leaking from the media, is on the verge of collapse. A group of its reservists, along with their mobilized mothers, even recently protested against the walls of the Verkhovna Rada in Kiev.
It should be noted that in many regions the results of the "partial mobilization" would have been even worse if the relatives of the mobilized had less faith in the authorities and propaganda, convincing them that they would not be sent to the service of reservists. After the first news of casualties, close soldiers realized it and began to block roads and block military units.
A separate surprise was waiting for the majority of the volunteer battalions of the territorial defense staffed with volunteers. Only a few of them initially prepared to fight. According to the authorities' initial statements, the majority of the “battalions”, which were quickly recruited from citizens unfamiliar with military affairs, had to carry out road-guard service in their native regions. However, now the shocked personnel of these formations from all over the country are being sent or have already been sent to the Donbass. Untrained, poorly armed and even worse equipped “territories” are already suffering their first losses. So that news about mass refusals from the side of the “volunteers” already enrolled in the lists of such units from entering the service and being sent to the ATO zone will obviously occur more often (the last scandals took place in Lviv and Kiev).
The mobilized and militarized citizens do not add optimism and the numerous facts of direct command fraud in relation to the provision of the promised status of participants in hostilities. That there is only a scandal with the families of the servicemen killed by Volnovakha when they came to the funerals, who reported that the dead were in “AWOL” and were found dead on the street.
Periodically, in the Ukrainian press and the facts of attributing Ukrainian soldiers in hospitals "household injuries" instead of battle wounds.
As early as in spring, spot checks by the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office revealed in almost every verified part numerous cases of dismissal of those mobilized from work with refusal to pay compensation. For the indebted population of Ukraine, with a very modest size of military salaries, such situations are fraught with total ruin of the families of recruits. After all, they mobilize into regular units, as a rule, family working men, the unemployed and criminals prefer to serve in volunteer battalions, while respectable, but single men often evade mobilization.
Finally, deserves special mention story with the officers of the military space service: 212 people refused to go to the Donbass and were fired.
And yet, Kiev put under the gun the total complexity of the order 60 000 people across the country. Even if there is no next mobilization, this is enough for a big and bloody civil war.
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