Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that 50,000 Russian soldiers called up as part of his mobilization campaign are now fighting combat units in Ukraine, Interfax news agency reported.
Putin said 80,000 were “in the zone of special military operation” – the term Russia uses for its war in Ukraine – and the rest of the nearly 320,000 conscripts were in training camps in Russia.
“We now have 50,000 units in their combat units. The rest are not participating in the fighting yet,” Interfax quoted Putin as saying during a visit to the Tver region, outside Moscow.
In September, Putin announced a “partial mobilization” to call in hundreds of thousands of new fighters for the war after Ukraine recaptured large swaths of territory in a counter-offensive. The move sparked an exodus of hundreds of thousands of Russians and sparked anti-war protests across the country.
Last week, Putin said a total of 318,000 had been called up in the draft.
Russia ended partial mobilization in late October, with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu saying on October 28 that about 41,000 Russian fighters had already joined their combat units in Ukraine.
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