• Russia is replenishing its troops with an unlikely source — African migrants and students.
  • Thousands of Africans have been forced to join in Russia’s war against Ukraine, per Bloomberg.
  • The country has also been plugging its manpower gaps by sending prison inmates to the battlefield.
    • @nixcamic
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      101 month ago

      Isn’t all conscription forced?

      Also like I wouldn’t want to be drafted but isn’t it kinda progress for the Ukrainian army to draft gay people? Something most modern armies have avoided?

    • @[email protected]
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      A separate thread about that would have been appreciated. It’s something terrible that should be called out, but posting it as a response to this is like replying: “Ok, and??? Some people of the country they’re invading are horrible anyway.”

      • @TankovayaDiviziya
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        141 month ago

        I don’t get what vatniks and Russian trolls are trying to do. Yes, Ukraine is at war and conscription is enforced. So what? What do they expect from a country invaded unprovoked and in a total war as a result?

        I think what trolls are trying to do is not trying to demoralise the opponents, but reinforce the propaganda back home in Russia. Russian propaganda is already telling the Russians that they are winning and Ukraine is losing, even though Russia have lost way more soldiers than Ukrainians did in terms of ratio. Yes, Ukraine has fewer people so they are running out of soldiers and recruiting older folks; but Russia has lost plenty more but don’t want to tap the huge but politically-sensitive Russian urban population who will not appreciate being drafted.

        • @PugJesus
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          11 month ago

          Yes, Ukraine has fewer people so they are running out of soldiers and recruiting older folks

          Other way around - the mobilization age was just lowered, from 27 to 25

      • @anticolonialist
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        -71 month ago

        Its not a ‘ok, and’ it’s pointing out the team you are cheering for is doing the same thing as the team you vilify

        • @Burn_The_Right
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          They’re invading an innocent country and raping, torturing and butchering innocent families? Nah, both sides aren’t the same.

          • @anticolonialist
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            -111 month ago

            Stay in topic, this thread is about conscription

            • @[email protected]
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              41 month ago

              Yes, and conscription for defense is not the same thing as conscription for invasion and occupation.

    • @[email protected]
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      -31 month ago

      Wild that this got downvoted. I guess pressganging men into combat is only bad when da ruskies do it?

      • @anticolonialist
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        -51 month ago

        They don’t like to hear that their team is doing the same thing they claim only the other team does