Mobilisation in Russia: 222,000 recruits called up – Putin

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The partial mobilisation of Russian troops for the war on Ukraine is expected to be completed in the next two weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Around 222,000 recruits had  been called up so far with 300,000 the aim, Putin said at the end of a summit in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

He said 16,000 new conscripts were already on combat duty.

Putin, whose army suffered some heavy defeats during a Ukrainian counter offensive in September, also countered speculation that a second wave of mobilisation was planned.

Reports said there was a mass exodus of men from Russia after the first draft was announced including to Kazakhstan.

“No proposals have been received from the Defence Ministry in this regard and I do not see any need for the foreseeable future,” the Kremlin leader said.