“Sharing their pain”
Putin meets soldiers’ mothers
Putin and the Russian authorities usually rarely mention the losses suffered in Ukraine. But now the Kremlin chief is meeting more than a dozen mothers whose sons are fighting in an aggressive war. There are also expressions of sympathy with cups of coffee.
More than nine months after launching the war of aggression he ordered against Ukraine, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the families of fallen soldiers. Russian state media released a short video showing Putin receiving and handing out cups of coffee to more than a dozen selected women at his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region.
“I want you to know that we share this pain with you and that, of course, we will do everything so that you do not feel forgotten,” Putin said at the meeting, according to the Interfax news agency. “We do everything we can to make sure you feel the shoulder next to you.” According to official information, a total of 17 women traveled from various Russian regions and from areas of eastern Ukraine illegally annexed by Moscow.
“We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son, a child,” Putin said, adding that this year’s Mother’s Day in Russia, which takes place on Sunday, was marked by a “feeling of anxiety and uncertainty” among people. the women involved will. Their thoughts would be “with their boys”.
“Fake News, Deception and Lies”
Faced with military defeats, around 300,000 reservists have been called up to fight in Ukraine since the end of September on Putin’s orders. Partial mobilization proved an extremely unpopular measure and sparked a mass exodus in Russia and the largest anti-war protests in months. Demonstrations were often organized by women.
“Life is more complicated than what you see on TV or on the Internet, where you can’t believe anything,” Putin said. “There is a lot of fake news, fraud and lies. This has always been the case, but with modern technology it has become “more significant and effective”.
Critics complain that the Kremlin is using poorly trained men as cannon fodder in a hopeless war. In addition, in recent weeks, reports of completely underequipped recruits have been piling up. According to the current estimates of the British secret services, a large number of conscripted Russian reservists have already died in Ukraine.