Moscow began its mobilization of additional troops on Thursday to reinforce its offensive in Ukraine, after authorities announced that thousands of people had come forward voluntarily, and despite the fact that many Russians flee the country to avoid being forced to fight.

In images spread on social networks after President Vladimir Putin ordered the mobilization of reservists the day before, hundreds of Russian citizens can be seen responding to military calls.

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The call-up follows severe setbacks for Russian forces in September following the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the north-east and east of the country.

 

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