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Mothers of conscripts – on the service of conscripts at the border in the Belgorod region


Regional Head / Varvara Dostoevskaya Interesting

The conscripts’ mothers spoke to about the conditions of service at the Russian-Ukrainian border. The women, worried about their young sons, who are regularly the target of gunfire, turn to the authorities and the prosecutor’s office.

The other day, the head of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, went to the border and spoke with conscripts. In his account, he said the guys had “special equipment” requests.

— Yes, mothers from all over the country call the Belgorod region. Live. I want to say that your sons are worthy of military service, and we will continue to try to help in any way possible,” Gladkov said.

At the end of January, conscripts came under fire near the Shebekino checkpoint. The son of Lyudmila from Vladikavkaz turned out to be one of those who were in the shelling zone near the border. The woman’s son was not injured, he managed to hide in the canoe.

Lyudmila said that after the shelling, some conscripts began to stutter. The woman admitted that it is difficult for her to talk about this situation, because she is very worried about the guys.

“They ask for help: contact their mother, write, call, do something. My task is to support him. I say, “Be patient, there’s a little left, they’ll take care of you.” But I don’t know how to be. I want to help all the guys out there. I don’t care: my child or the son of someone else nearby, I want to help them, so that they are careful, at least take them… I don’t know how to help them, admits the female.

According to Lyudmila, the conscripts dug trenches, the leaders promised them that mobilized people would come in their place, but this did not happen. She said the locals help the guys: they take them swimming, prepare food and wash things.

Lyudmila appealed to the authorities, wrote appeals to the prosecutor’s office, however, according to her, there were no responses.

The son of Victoria from Tomsk has been serving in the border area since the fall of 2022. The woman came to Belgorod to address the military prosecutor’s office. She asked to remove the conscripts from the border. According to her, in the unit where her son serves, there are at least two victims of bombings. Victoria wrote about 60 calls. In response, the woman was informed that the conscripts were protecting the state border and had everything they needed.

The woman thinks that untrained conscripts can be equated with civilians: before leaving for the border region, most guys were in military units for 1-2 months.

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