Vyacheslav Volodin’s comments follow President Vladimir Putin’s orders for partial maneuvering.
Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, Duma, called on delegates to join the war in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin command partial enlistment call.
“Those who meet the requirement for partial mobilization should help them participate in the special military operation,” Volodin said on the Telegram channel on Thursday, referring to Russia’s invasion of the neighboring country.
Putin’s ally added: “There is no protection for the delegates.
In a televised statement aired on Wednesday morning, Putin ordered a part of the reserve force to be called up to support his forces in Ukraine after they were hit by a series of attacks. battlefield defeat.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the total number of reservists called up could reach 300,000. However, Putin’s decree authorizing the move gave some details, raising doubts that the draft could be expanded at any time.
Volodin’s comments are seen as a response to the view popular among some groups of parliamentarians that Putin’s call to defend the Fatherland does not apply to them – for example, one lawmaker said he was the one in need. necessary in the country.
At the same time, Volodin praised the MPs who have been deployed in the occupied Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. According to him, only reservists with combat experience and special military training will be called up.
He also admits that “questions arise that cause anxiety [Russian] citizens” following street protests and reports of a mass exodus of young Russians from the country.
Volodin also said that Russian troops in Ukraine are also fighting “NATO forces”.
“In Ukraine there are NATO trainers, mercenaries from NATO countries, NATO technology, weapons and ammunition,” he said, adding that there are 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of frontline to defend. .
NATO did not send troops to defend Ukraine, which is not a member of the Western military alliance, but Western countries have provided substantial military support to Ukraine to help it fend off Russian aggression. .