“I share your ache,” Putin informed the moms of fallen Russian troopers

Vladimir Putin informed moms of Russian troopers serving within the battle that he “shares the grief” of those that have misplaced their kids and informed them to not imagine the “lies” about invading Ukraine.

“I need you to know that I, personally, all of the nation’s leaders share this ache. We all know that nothing can change the loss of a kid,” Putin stated.

She added that Mom’s Day, celebrated on Sunday in Russia, shall be marked this yr by “a sense of hysteria and fear” amongst involved girls, whose “ideas shall be with their boys.”

The assembly was held at Putin’s residence in Novo-Ogarevo, close to Moscow, and was the primary of its form because the begin of the Russian invasion on 24 February. The Kremlin hardly ever refers back to the losses suffered in Ukraine, and Friday’s occasion got here after weeks of criticism posted on social networks by family members of the boys mobilized within the early autumn.

Olga Tsukanova, the founding father of the Russian Council of Moms and Wives, accused Putin of excluding the group from Friday’s assembly.

In a videotaped speech, Tsukanova requested the president to fulfill the “actual moms” of these serving within the nation’s army versus the ladies “hand-picked” by the authorities for the occasion.

Many wives and moms of males conscripted into the army accused the authorities of failing to correctly prepare or equip their family members earlier than sending them to the entrance strains.

“Life is extra sophisticated than what you see on TV or on the Web, the place you may’t belief something. There may be numerous false data, deception, lies,” Putin informed the troopers’ moms.

“It has at all times been like this, however making an allowance for trendy applied sciences, it has grow to be much more evident and efficient,” he added, denouncing “data assaults.”

This echoes legal guidelines enacted after the beginning of the offensive in Ukraine punishing with heavy jail sentences these accused of spreading “false data” in regards to the military or “discrediting” it.

President Putin additionally revealed that he typically chats by cellphone with troopers collaborating within the combating in Ukraine.

He stated he was “stunned” by “their frame of mind” and “their perspective in direction of the matter”.

“They provide me an excellent cause to say they’re heroes, that is true,” Putin added.

Russia’s protection ministry stated earlier {that a} complete of 300,000 troops had been drafted within the partial call-up introduced by Putin on Sept. 21, and that to this point 87,000 of them have been deployed to Ukraine.

Activists and Russian media experiences stated lots of the conscripts had been inexperienced, had been informed to obtain fundamental objects resembling medical kits and physique armor themselves, and had obtained no coaching earlier than being despatched to struggle.

Some had been killed inside days of being recalled.