The sound of old Soviet war songs mingled with the sobs of relatives in the tiny Russian town of Bataysk as newly mobilized reservists in the Rostov region of southern Russia said their goodbyes. separate from their families.
Protest against call and Russian military activity has taken place in dozens of cities, and long lines have formed at Russia’s land borders with several countries.
20-year-old Roman Khodakov, who received his enlistment notice only the night before, told Reuters news agency he had returned from the army just three months ago.
“A man came and gave me the draft notice. Mom is not happy but what can we do? We have to defend our country,” said Roman. “The main thing is overcoming fear: I fear only for my family; they are heartbroken… I don’t fear for myself – it’s God’s will. “
The military recruitment office in Bataysk is located next to the local marriage registry office on the town’s central square.
Andrei and his fiancée Yulia are not planning to get married yet, but the campaign makes them think again.
“I have mixed emotions: I feel scared of the unknown, I feel a lot right now,” he said as he held his young son and a soccer ball in his arms.
After being announced as husband and wife, Andrei and Yulia kissed – tears were quietly streaming down her cheeks – and Andrei left to join his rookies.