Russia to call up 300,000 reservists, Defense Minister

Russia will call up 300,000 reservists as part of its partial mobilization, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Russian television Wednesday morning.

“These are not some people who have never heard of the army,” Shoigu said. “These are those who have served, have a military registration specialty, have had military experience.”

He also reiterated that no conscripts (who serve mandatory military service; not those in the reserves) would be sent to “the zone of a special military operation,” as the Russian government refers to its war in Ukraine. (The Ministry of Defense has in the past admitted that Russian conscripts have mistakenly, it claims, been sent to fight in Ukraine.)

“There is no question of any mobilization of university students and there will be none under (any) circumstances. No one will call them up.”

“Like those who serve under conscription, they are not subject to being sent to the zone of a special military operation; our conscripts continue to serve on the territory of the Russian Federation.”

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