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Russia begins next wave of army conscription | DW News

  • Published on Mar 31, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • A fresh wave of army conscription gets underway in Russia, after president Vladimir Putin signed a decree calling up 147,000 citizens for statutory military service. It comes after 120,000 people were recruited in November. The Kremlin says this latest recruitment is routine and has nothing to do with Russia's war in Ukraine. In Russia, it is mandatory for men aged between 18 and 27 to carry out one year of military service.
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Comments • 2 847

  • Moraea257
    Moraea257 2 months ago +1349

    When a Russian officer has to yell out to the company of recruited soliders that "you are not Cannon fodder!" You are definitely Cannon fodder..

    • dpelpal
      dpelpal 2 months ago +46

      So very true

    • suport bghelp
      suport bghelp 2 months ago +19

      @dpelpal So like anyone who go vs Russian artillery, and they have 10-1 advantage.

    • dpelpal
      dpelpal 2 months ago +91

      @suport bghelp Yeah, until Uncle HIMARS comes in and blows the artillery warehouse to bits.😆

    • dogmatix
      dogmatix 2 months ago +61

      They should try to think of themselves as field fertilizer. Or maybe bleach, as the vodka to blood ratio is probably pretty high.

    • suport bghelp
      suport bghelp 2 months ago +11

      @dpelpal Where is this Himaras now, why not hit Wagner positions in Bahmut?

  • Nymphea328
    Nymphea328 2 months ago +261

    The main reason they kept defending Mariupol long after it was clear that it was impossible to win was that that relatively small group of defenders kept an enormous amount of Russian personnel and equipment tied up which the Russians couldn't use elsewhere. This may well be similar, especially with the Russians essentially wasting their personnel as cannon fodder.

    • Interglacial Optimist
      Interglacial Optimist 2 months ago +21

      What evidence of cannon fodder do you have?

    • Paul Gibbon
      Paul Gibbon 2 months ago +58

      @Interglacial Optimist Botski reported. May you soon be drafted.

    • potato man
      potato man 2 months ago +6

      The Russians left with most of their troops in the Mariupol like 1 month into the siege lmao

    • Lambert Lum
      Lambert Lum 2 months ago +33

      @Interglacial Optimist Yes cannon fodder. When men run across the open field and expose themselves to automatic fire, that is cannon fodder. Not just men, but in Vuhledar, armor was sent driving through mine fields.

  • tricky
    tricky 2 months ago +370

    At this point, I don’t blame the Russians who quit and surrender in this situation. It’s not cowardly, it’s showing humanity, empathy and a smart survival move. Tricky 🇬🇧 🇺🇦

    • IK MK
      IK MK 2 months ago +12

      wait dude weren't you blonde before??😂

    • gdi wolverine male 2
      gdi wolverine male 2 2 months ago +14

      Why would they do that? They are winning. Of course, you are free to be fooled into believing otherwise

    • chef Dave
      chef Dave 2 months ago +43

      ​@gdi wolverine male 2 😂

    • xcitemex 6
      xcitemex 6 2 months ago +3

      Bakhmut is done

  • Daniel Khadivi
    Daniel Khadivi 2 months ago +25

    Love the anchor, his professionalism, and the interviewees. Very informative. Enjoyed it.

    • thisguy73
      thisguy73 2 months ago

      Agree. Wish we had someone like him in USA.

  • 77th
    77th 2 months ago +607

    As a person from India, I've noticed a similarity with strategies Russia has used throughout the years, whether its been the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, or modern-day Russia. That being throwing your troops at the enemy until you win. But times have changed and Russian troops have been set up for failure since DAY 1. They are coerced, threatened, mistreated, ill-trained, ill-equipped and clueless. Putin the uninformed keeps making one terrible move after another. He is like a gambler who keeps doubling down, compounding his losses with each day. And if I agree with the Russian misinformation that they are going solo against the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, I should say that NATO is really impressive to have "0" casualty even after 402 days of conflict.

    • Anar Abbasov
      Anar Abbasov 2 months ago +15

      It depends what you call "0" casualty, if weapons sent to Ukraine which are destroyed are considered as Ukrainian, then yes. Or soldiers who wear Ukraine military uniforms, then yes. Accordingly if Russians wear Donbass uniforms, then no casualty?

    • I Love The Way U lie
      I Love The Way U lie 2 months ago +58

      dude India should change it's military strategy. Russian military doctrine is worst in the world. even china no longer copy russian war doctrines.

    • Billy Sastard
      Billy Sastard 2 months ago +114

      @Anar Abbasov Casualities are usually understood as loss on army personel in the battlefield. And for NATO military servicemen it is zero. Gear once donated to Ukraine is gear owned by Ukraine. U can hardly count that as NATO equipment looses once it was already written off.

  • Tony Mills
    Tony Mills 2 months ago +8

    As a young recruit, in the United States Marine corps... I spent ten years before I got hurt, but what I remember the most of our sergeants they were hard on me, but now I understand why they took me under their wing, I guess because I was so obedient, and when the s*** hit the fan and we had to go overseas I understand fully why they said what they said, some of the guys in our unit got killed, and we as ncos (noncommissioned officers) had a tremendous responsibility.... I learned this in the rear, I remember my Marine corps sergeants, they were tough on us as I look back I completely understand why!

  • Vitaly V
    Vitaly V 2 months ago +235

    The sheer amount of approving and cheering comments by ordinary Russians under videos about the atrocities committed against civilians in Ukraine were no less shocking to Ukrainians than the war itself.
    We somehow got used to the war, but the realization of who we have been living next to all this time without even knowing it is still terrifying.
    These creatures call themselves our brothers.
    Imagine what they would do to you, who call them their enemies, if you let them.
    Not supplying weapons to Ukraine in order to achieve an early peace would be like allowing a violator to violate his victim in order to end the violence as soon as possible.

    • colin8696908
      colin8696908 2 months ago +29

      Bro that's astroturfing. The only thing russia is good at is astroturfing youtube videos with bots.

    • dpelpal
      dpelpal 2 months ago +30

      And they wonder why nobody includes them in the worlds "civilized" nations.🙄

    • Vale Visa
      Vale Visa 2 months ago +12

      Very well said .

  • Misery Development Ltd.
    Misery Development Ltd. 2 months ago +357

    I feel sorry for everyone who is born or living in Russia today

    • cindy lacoste
      cindy lacoste 2 months ago +5


    • Kymani Brown
      Kymani Brown 2 months ago +16

      Russia and Russians are living great rn. FAR better than in the 90s......

    • K Street
      K Street 2 months ago +12

      Just like for the past 100 years for them.

  • Vishal Sachdev
    Vishal Sachdev 2 months ago +54

    Love this newsman, absolutely no expression whatever the news. Amazing skill!

    • Denny Keaton
      Denny Keaton 2 months ago

      I think he's a robot.

    • thisguy73
      thisguy73 2 months ago +4

      Agree. Wish we had someone like him in USA.

    • sonjay888
      sonjay888 2 months ago

      He is balenciaga

  • Crimson Halo
    Crimson Halo 2 months ago +131

    "Mandatory to carry out one year of military service ..."
    Unfortunately for most of them, it's gonna be shortened to a few months and they'll never have to worry about retirement.

    • Пальцерезка
      Пальцерезка 2 months ago +4

      Conscripts are not being sent in Ukraine.

    • Eddapults Tab
      Eddapults Tab 2 months ago +18

      ​@Пальцерезка what do you call call the 300 thousand drafted months ago? Also all those prisoners being thrown at bakhmut? It doesn't paint a pretty picture.

    • Noneof Yourbusiness
      Noneof Yourbusiness 2 months ago +1

      ​@Пальцерезка Of course not. The conscripts are sent to new territories, who willingly joined Russia after a referendum.

    • Пальцерезка
      Пальцерезка 2 months ago +1

      @Eddapults Tab prisoners go there willingly. And drafted people are primary those who already have expirience of war (veterans of chechen and syrian wars or people whos contract expired during the war with ukraine).

    • Пальцерезка
      Пальцерезка 2 months ago +1

      @Noneof Yourbusiness no they arent.

  • Travis Jones
    Travis Jones 2 months ago +76

    "Conscripts are forbidden from serving outside Russia" - There are six territories which Russia claims as federal subjects within Ukraine's pre-2014 borders: Sevastopol, Crimea, Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaporozhe and Kherson.

    • carnifex
      carnifex 2 months ago +6

      Good Job, thats exactly what Frank Ledwidge said.

    • Jeno Csupor
      Jeno Csupor 2 months ago

      Bakhmut is Russis, so they can be sent there to fight the occupants.

    • Mark Harcourt
      Mark Harcourt 2 months ago +2

      Dont panic, they will go easy on you i'm sure 😂😂😂

  • Philip Kionisala
    Philip Kionisala 2 months ago +92

    rest in peace in advance to new soldier

    • John
      John 2 months ago +7

      Rest in pieces*
      RIP those bozo

    • kupis1408
      kupis1408 2 months ago +3

      Within few weeks and months from now, they will be featured in numbers of drone footages :'3

    • William Young
      William Young 2 months ago

      I love how this analyst talks about something being "illegal" in Russia, lol. The Law is Putin. That's it. Putin does what Putin wants. Fuhrer's Princip. Putin's word is above all written law... (1:17)

    • Business Wolf
      Business Wolf 2 months ago +1

      rest in pieces

  • jpablo
    jpablo 2 months ago +534

    In Soviet Russia you don't sign contract. Contract signs you.

  • Micha Maramaramara
    Micha Maramaramara 2 months ago +18

    Victory and glory to Ukraine - 💛💙 Slava Ukraini ! 💛💙

  • Krugiodendron053
    Krugiodendron053 2 months ago +76

    Bakhmut is necessary for Ukraine for many reasons: it keeps the orcs focused on a strategically low priority position, allowing Ukraine to conduct operations elsewhere. It serves as a meat grinder for the orcs and breaks their morale when they can't even take a town like that. It buys time for an Ukraine counter offensive, and it is symbolic of the fierce resistance Ukraine has shown against a horde from a much more bigger enemy. Giving up bakhmut would allow the orcs to celebrate and present the story as a big victory (despite being far from it considering the personnel, material and time cost) and control the narrative at home as "see, everything is going according to plan" denying the orcs from positive news is important because this war is equally symbolic as it is strategic. This is something the US struggles to understand because they don't have the Slavic mindset and experience, the thinking is not the same.

    • Vasilevich Pavel
      Vasilevich Pavel 2 months ago +7

      So when did you become a military specialist? maybe you deserve a medal for your genuineness???

    • Kicauan Pagi
      Kicauan Pagi 2 months ago +2

      Here is your badge .

    • jeck jeck
      jeck jeck 2 months ago +22

      @Vasilevich Pavel
      You don't need to be a military genius to see the obvious.

  • elwood p jack
    elwood p jack 2 months ago +20

    very good reporting as usual

    • thisguy73
      thisguy73 2 months ago

      Agree. Wish we had someone like him in USA.

    RICHARD PEACHEY 2 months ago +62

    I hope at some point not too far in to the future the Russian People will stand up against what Mr Putin is doing and stop this madness . Good people dying on both sides of this conflict for know good reason. All people want to do is be left alone live their lives.

    • Neha
      Neha 2 months ago +5

      look at your country frist , russian will take care of their stuff , you might use time in study get some knowledge

    • Kyr93
      Kyr93 2 months ago +3

      Won't happen

    • Luis Rodriguez
      Luis Rodriguez 2 months ago

      Excellent comment! 👍🏻
      a couple of corrections:
      - for NOT good reason
      - What all people want is TO be left alone TO live life in peace.
      (life in this case is singular because we all have only one life)

    • Jo Simpson
      Jo Simpson 2 months ago +5

      @Luis Rodriguez
      Listen at you correcting grammar, incorrectly!
      - for NO good reason. That’s what you meant to convey, is it not?

  • Andy on the Internet
    Andy on the Internet 2 months ago +45

    I hope this mess ends soon.

    • Tom K
      Tom K 2 months ago +2

      Yep, UA is on the ropes now... but they may fight to the last Ukrainian - so may be still years till the end.

    • Business Wolf
      Business Wolf 2 months ago +5

      ​@Tom K follow the war map + news and you will drastically change your opinion.

    • Nicolas Olton
      Nicolas Olton 2 months ago

      ​@Tom K If Ukraine is "on the ropes" as you claim, then why aren't we seeing Polish tanks and troops entering the fight? Wouldn't it make more sense for Poland to fight Russians in Ukraine rather than in Poland?

    • Tom K
      Tom K 2 months ago +1

      @Business Wolf I follow the map and news every day - a LOT. I have opinion based on a LOT of sources. I say more than 99.99% of people in the west.

    • давид Бедные люди
      давид Бедные люди 2 months ago +1

      Україна should win over its invader, for the dictator will invade Молдова, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Suomi, Sverige, the whole Україна, Polska, 日本. | Миру мир!

  • JF
    JF 2 months ago +210

    Watching these soldiers 'march' was painful... New uniforms, band playing, sky pilot front and center, new equipment slung, but can't even stay in step all the while looking sloppy and unmotivated - Tells you a lot about these 'soldiers' and their fate.

    • Abraham Dozer
      Abraham Dozer 2 months ago +14

      They all have the D.T.s.

    • Brian Waltman
      Brian Waltman 2 months ago +26

      A little song and dance before they step march into their grave...

    • Vasilevich Pavel
      Vasilevich Pavel 2 months ago +22

      do you suppose a conscript knows how to March when he just got drafted and hasn't done any basic training???? your ignorance baffles me

    • Brian Waltman
      Brian Waltman 2 months ago +2

      I don't care.

  • Jakejr Ly
    Jakejr Ly 2 months ago +210

    One year cannon fodder equals a lifetime experience.

    • dpelpal
      dpelpal 2 months ago +18

      Lol. Putin's 3 day special operation turned into a meatgrinder for russia lol

    • malenotyalc
      malenotyalc 2 months ago +5

      Lifetime ending

    • Jeno Csupor
      Jeno Csupor 2 months ago +7

      Crippled for the next 50 years.

    • Suzy Rottencrotch
      Suzy Rottencrotch 2 months ago +3

      @dpelpalwho said it was a 3 day operation lol if you can’t even figure out the basics how am I going to get quality food from you at McDonald’s

    • dpelpal
      dpelpal 2 months ago +10

      @Suzy Rottencrotch Putin screamed _"Kyiv in threeee daaayyys!"_ on February 25th, 2022. Kinda came back to bite the short little guy lol

  • resignurdrnk
    resignurdrnk 2 months ago +5

    great info, outstanding interviewer. Thanks DW

  • Breck the Yeen
    Breck the Yeen 2 months ago +39

    Every day I'm thankful that I don't live somewhere like Russia or North Korea.

    • давид Бедные люди
      давид Бедные люди 2 months ago +1

      Cold countries are aggressive from the ancient times ; vikings, Mongolians, Huns, Turks, Chinese, Russians, DPRK. | Пeрeмога Үкраїнi!

    • ihikebc
      ihikebc 2 months ago

      Have you even been to Russia to make such an asinine statement?

    • Spee Langs
      Spee Langs 2 months ago +3

      @ihikebc Dude. Nobody wants to go to Russia. Bot

    • Skymaster
      Skymaster Month ago

      ​@ihikebc Have you? Or have you heard ANYTHING of what russian soldiers claim that they get shot in the back if they do not advance? Do you even listen?!?

    • ihikebc
      ihikebc Month ago

      @Skymaster I have. And it's a well-known fact that Wagner group soldiers get executed for retreating (unless they received a command to retreat or have been wounded), or for refusing to attack. They know what they sign up for, so I have no problem with that whatsoever. The regular Russian army does not have such a policy, so, perhaps, that's why Wagner is a bit more successful than professional Russian troops, despite, obviously, having, in general, less training and experience.

  • Paul Murgatroyd
    Paul Murgatroyd 2 months ago +3

    It's a great opportunity for a lot of Russians to take their first trip abroad.

    • Skymaster
      Skymaster Month ago +4

      And feel the forever taste of foreign soil. From three feet under it

  • lunabranwen
    lunabranwen 2 months ago +52

    Over a year and still can't handle Ukraine 🇺🇦🙏

    • h w
      h w 2 months ago +4

      so you think Ukraine is a winner now?

    • Cojobo
      Cojobo 2 months ago +7

      NATO can't handle one Russia this is insane don't you see

  • BeTheBad
    BeTheBad 2 months ago +322

    Now you can understand why some men left the Russia after the beginning of war.

    • M D
      M D 2 months ago +25

      I get that it's easier to say than done, but wouldn't it be better to try to fight their government instead of fleeing to places where they're not even wanted? The people of Iran are at least trying.

    • xcitemex 6
      xcitemex 6 2 months ago +2

      None did

    • Martin Ward
      Martin Ward 2 months ago +44

      ​​@xcitemex 6 500,000 did since February 2022. Most moved to turkey and Georgia

  • John Rigola
    John Rigola 2 months ago +6

    It is brutal! Hopefully, things will get better.....

  • A3Kr0n
    A3Kr0n 2 months ago +37

    This is probably the best news young Russian men have heard in a long time. I bet there's excitement in the air with all the talk of going to Ukraine to fight.

    • CommercialVehicle
      CommercialVehicle 2 months ago +16

      Travel, adventure, meeting new people, and the food is ....

    • Larry David
      Larry David 2 months ago +4

      Fight?...they're will die..not fight

    • Sol Concordia
      Sol Concordia 2 months ago +4

      Sunflower seeds offered by the Ukrainian civilians to facilitate cadaver-fertilized agriculture to commemorate the Russian soldiers' grave sites.

  • Pogpog Qwerty
    Pogpog Qwerty 2 months ago +26

    The sad thing is that some of them don't know what are they really fighting for, some knows the truth but have no choice or else...

    • Mønkey
      Mønkey 2 months ago +1

      Or else what? Or else they die in a less violent way than bleeding out in a trench? THEY ALL HAVE A CHOICE.

  • Nosy the cat
    Nosy the cat 2 months ago +118

    The problem with mobilising troops is that Russia does not have
    (1) The infrastructure to train them.
    (2) The officers to lead them.
    (3) The equipments to arm them.
    They already have conscripts walking out of training facilities because their barracks have no beds and they are told to sleep on the floor. And that is just step one.

      SAYEED AKHTAR 2 months ago +6

      EPUIPMENT TO ARM THEM. say that to GERMANY😜😜

    • Denise Gradin
      Denise Gradin 2 months ago +6

      I think you need to do more research.

    • Sziasztok
      Sziasztok 2 months ago +6

      😂😂great story! dude, change your dealer, he's selling you expired drugs!

    • Élisabeth Perrin
      Élisabeth Perrin 2 months ago +4

      They can surrender.

    • kirgit
      kirgit 2 months ago +13

      Infact they use shovels to plummet Ukrainians in BAKHMUT and flying washing machines to destroy energy infrastructure. How dare they 😂

  • D25 Reg
    D25 Reg 2 months ago +9

    Slava Ukraine…power to Ukraine…🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇵🇭from Canada and Philippines

  • icks V
    icks V 2 months ago +12

    06:30 actually the list of unfriendly countries account for 49 countries, not 20...
    Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, San Marino, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

    • Shane Lambert
      Shane Lambert 2 months ago +1

      From Australia don't take our government seriously. Our government is a joke

    • давид Бедные люди
      давид Бедные люди 2 months ago +1

      @Shane Lambert, our or my? | Пeрeмога Үкраїнi!

    • давид Бедные люди
      давид Бедные люди 2 months ago +1

      Suomi [Finland], Estonia, Norway, Polska [Poland], Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden were invaded by the USSR. ROK [南韓SouthKorea] was divided﹠ invaded by the USSR. 日本 [Japan] fought because of the territory issue. | Пусть наш Бог хранит Үкраїну.

  • βασιλεύς Ῥωμαίων

    Slava Ukraine thank you Germany for Tanks and weapons ❤️🇺🇦❤️

    • cindy lacoste
      cindy lacoste 2 months ago +4

      🇷🇺 💪

    • Mark Harcourt
      Mark Harcourt 2 months ago +2

      yes, the Ukraine are getting smashed

    • lokomo
      lokomo 2 months ago

      Kein Problem pashalusta

    • Kirosana Perkunos
      Kirosana Perkunos 2 months ago +3

      Victory for Ukraine

    • Mark Harcourt
      Mark Harcourt 2 months ago +1

      @Kirosana Perkunos
      Do you think the ukraine can ever achieve victory or just utter humiliating defeat.
      I mean seriously, the whole of NATO and the US along with bottom;ess cash behind them.
      Its appalling

  • Shahida Nusrat
    Shahida Nusrat 2 months ago +91

    As a Pakistani I fully support love respect and support Ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity from Pakistan 🙂🇵🇰🇺🇦😍🤩. May Allah SWT bless Ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity from Pakistan 🙂🇵🇰🇺🇦😍🤩

    • Clement Green
      Clement Green 2 months ago +5

      Ukraine wishes you well in Kashmir from fellow people of the book

    • John Smith
      John Smith 2 months ago +4

      As a person living in a county I hope no country gets invaded.
      If Ukraine invaded Russia instead , I would be on Russia side.

    • Darth Vader
      Darth Vader 2 months ago +8

      As a fellow Pakistani god bless you for supporting Ukraine,russian fascism will be defeated forever.

    • Sue Yourself
      Sue Yourself 2 months ago

      Is that literally because India is seemingly neutral?

    • Emmanuel Masih
      Emmanuel Masih 2 months ago +4

      ​@Clement Green as a person of the book from India, i support Ukraine in the conflict. Kashmir has nothing to do with Ukraine...

  • Zawisza Czarny
    Zawisza Czarny 2 months ago +5

    When Russia says it has nothing to do with, it means its exactly what its purpouse is.

  • God bless America
    God bless America 2 months ago +157

    There's probably someone in the Russian command structure noticing that it's easier to let a wounded soldier pass than to spend all the effort and resources to treat and transport him back to Russia. There's plenty more cannon fodder available to take his place.

    DANIEL OMING OMING SR 2 months ago +11

    I paid too much attention to this war to point where it's starting to depress me.

    • Stephanie Waters
      Stephanie Waters 2 months ago +2

      I suggest to watch Joe Bloggs or Patrick Boyle - they really focus about economics of Russia war rather than the human toll. Or maybe Ryan McBeth - he compares about weapon systems, how military strategies work, etc.
      The war is fascinating .. the biggest event .. but there is too much news of young men lost to it

    • appletree
      appletree 2 months ago +2

      Same - I hope Ukraine wins this year

    • Tapsi Hapsi
      Tapsi Hapsi 2 months ago +1

      @appletree maybe the lottery or lots of money from the US

  • Pavel Vasilevich
    Pavel Vasilevich 2 months ago +12

    In Russia/Soviet Union if your a male and turn 18 you have to serve in military...I have been conscripted to Russian Army 2011 after graduating school, served a year In motorized rifle division (мотострелковые войска)...My father served 2 years in the Soviet Army 87-89 in Railway Division (железнодорожные войска)...also my grandfather from my mom's side was a conscripted to red army during the war 1942-45 served in the 2nd Belarusian Front under Marshal Konstantin Rokossovskiy, made it all the way to Berlin but with shrapnel injuries to his legs.

    • Mercedes Wolf
      Mercedes Wolf 2 months ago +11

      If that so,then the russians like you must demand that putin 2 twin sons in switzerland must be conscripted too.these twins sons of alina&putin are now 21yrs old and living a lavish life in switzerland.they are also highly qualified for mobilization.

    • Chaldon 41
      Chaldon 41 2 months ago +4

      @Mercedes Wolf ципсобот не спалился

    • Mark Harcourt
      Mark Harcourt 2 months ago +1

      More BS stories, but you have to give it to him. He tried hard

  • Paul V.
    Paul V. 2 months ago +2

    Frank analysis has become much more reasonable and closer to facts compared to his statements in the months before. If this will continue I might actually begin to trust DW experts once again.

  • Gerry Houska
    Gerry Houska 2 months ago +2

    This is absolutely essential, as Russian tanks require an infantry human shield.

  • Max Headroom
    Max Headroom 2 months ago +1

    I had no idea it's mandatory to serve in the military for a year in Russia. That would suck

  • A V
    A V 2 months ago +1

    the front line is huge they could be sent to the front line or could be used anywhere else in a military as you need logistics, mechanics to repair stuff etc etc.

  • xanden1
    xanden1 2 months ago +18

    Imagine your life’s purpose is just to exhaust enemy ammunition…

  • youxkio
    youxkio 2 months ago +76

    It was told this same story to last year's conscripts. Many died unspoken to their families!

    • Ahmad Maulana
      Ahmad Maulana 2 months ago +4

      This is something that Russia routinely does every year. nothing new because of the war

    • UpRisingDown
      UpRisingDown 2 months ago +6

      ​​@Ahmad Maulana the war is the new thing u know

    • Ahmad Maulana
      Ahmad Maulana 2 months ago

      @UpRisingDown but dont say because of this war they make doing conscript

    • xcitemex 6
      xcitemex 6 2 months ago +2

      Are these the people dragged off the streets in Ukraine??

  • Chris Loy
    Chris Loy 2 months ago +124

    RIP those 150k men.

    • Cortes Nacionalista
      Cortes Nacionalista 2 months ago +18

      Rip 300k Ukrainians soldiers who died since last year

    • John
      John 2 months ago +1

      That's why putin and co will conscript more

    • xcitemex 6
      xcitemex 6 2 months ago +1

      Yes, so sorry to hear about those Ukrainian losses

  • christopher cole
    christopher cole 2 months ago +6

    Before invading Ukraine, only 6% of Russia bordered NATO…. Now the NATO border with Russia has more than doubled. Such are the wages of sin. Nice work, Putin

  • 0 P
    0 P 2 months ago +19

    They need to turn around and march on the Kremlin

  • Covodex
    Covodex 2 months ago

    Not sure if I agree with the military analyst on the matter whether these recruits will serve in Ukraine. He said it himself: technically, at least for the Russian MoD, the Oblasts in the Donbas Region are Russian ground. So the groundwork for the legality of using these recruits as frontline soldiers is already there and I personally think Putin doesn't really care who exactly dies on the frontline, as long as he has soldiers to send to their deaths.
    These young Russians are likely to die on Ukrainian fields.

    • Deepingmind
      Deepingmind 2 months ago

      Agreed, the moment these kids were drafted, their endgame was written regardless of whatever laws may be around.

  • Jiří Krajňák
    Jiří Krajňák 2 months ago +2

    What a way to kick off spring in Russia.

  • António Vitor
    António Vitor 2 months ago +19

    When they say that there will be no more conscription... It's when that will happen.

    • Chaldon 41
      Chaldon 41 2 months ago +1

      Russia have 2 conscriptions per year. Always.

    • Mark Harcourt
      Mark Harcourt 2 months ago +1

      More BS stories like the wave attacks
      Russia isn't playing fair, they attack in waves 😂😂😂

    • Skymaster
      Skymaster Month ago

      ​@Chaldon 41 ...and this last year they needed much more 😂

  • Omega0850
    Omega0850 2 months ago +1

    Well, if you draft someone for a one year mandatory service, and then just don´t let him leave, you will technically increase your numbers... or rather replace your losses.

  • Brian Lager
    Brian Lager 2 months ago +7

    Hope the families got a good look at their dear ones. Next time they see them it will be in a body bag.😢

  • Chris Philhower
    Chris Philhower 2 months ago +10

    Bad time to be living in Mother Russia

  • Ethan Richardson
    Ethan Richardson 2 months ago +1

    Russia was too short to properly feed its previous conscripts, that's says everything we wanna know about the circumstances of new conscripts, this removes all doubts about them being sent mainly as cannon fodder

  • Elerium
    Elerium 2 months ago

    DW is awesome!

  • Uzi Thedreadpoet
    Uzi Thedreadpoet 2 months ago +31

    Text message from regional army recruitment center:
    You are hereby urgently required to report to local office for data clarification.
    Response from candidate’s phone:
    The number you’re trying to reach, no longer exists…..

    • Arselene Bitara
      Arselene Bitara 2 months ago +1


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      BiggusDickus 2 months ago +1

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  • I love George W. Bush
    I love George W. Bush 2 months ago +37

    Our civilians are better armed and equipped than a Russian soldier. I was a section commander, but pushing resources on a failure is the BIGGEST no-no for a military planner. Even junior troops like me were instilled with those basic ideas, like pushing positive outcomes and pulling away from failures. Ukraine is an UTTER and a TOTAL failure for Putin, the outcome is unavoidable.

    • xcitemex 6
      xcitemex 6 2 months ago +4

      You were a section commander that retreated. Due to over whelming power

    • Wolfs Winkel
      Wolfs Winkel 2 months ago +4

      You can always join the international legion to fight for Ukraine since you're "better armed and equipped than a Russian soldier". Prove your valor. 🤭

    • Alex M
      Alex M 2 months ago

      Your comment could've been posted any of the past 14 months and yet here we are..

    • xcitemex 6
      xcitemex 6 2 months ago +2

      The russians only have shovels remember 😂😂😂

  • Bob Calvert
    Bob Calvert 2 months ago +2

    Wow! It's a good thing Ukraine would NEVER do something like this. They have a much smaller population to draw from. Whew! Thanks DW!

  • Peter pumpkin eater
    Peter pumpkin eater 2 months ago +1

    Aren’t the Russian population wondering why the 1 year of service conscripts from the last batch means that they require them to conscript another 150,000 only a few months later?

  • Mit Seraffej
    Mit Seraffej 2 months ago +1

    6:52 “ Sounds as if Moscow wants to revive the old Soviet Union”
    I think an equally as important goal for Putin is to avenge the collapse of his beloved Soviet Union whom he blames primarily on the US, and to a lesser extent on the UK and Western Europe.

  • Zockopa
    Zockopa 2 months ago +2

    If the number was double the size i would partly agree with the analyst.
    However this is pretty standart. And the russian military has many other
    duties than the war in ukraine.

    • Stephanie Waters
      Stephanie Waters 2 months ago

      If there are 2 conscriptions each year of 150k .. total 300k per year .. and army is 1.5 million ..
      that would make 20% of the army conscripts wouldn't it?
      That seems a fairly large portion of the army to be unavailable for deployment

    • Zockopa
      Zockopa 2 months ago

      @Stephanie Waters Well,if you look up the numbers of personal actualy deployed in and
      around ukraine its actually not that huge for russia. Its still under 20% and most of them
      are on stand by or getting rotated in and out. In the hotspots its mostly DPR,LPR,Wagnerians
      Chechen and even Syrians who add to the russian troops in huge numbers. Those are all
      experienced troops,no conscripts.
      BTW. on the other side the ukrainians are scraping the barrel. The population of Ukraine is
      meanwhile around that of the Netherlands. The rest has fled to EU or Russia.
      If not on life support from the west the war would be long over by now.

    • Stephanie Waters
      Stephanie Waters 2 months ago

      @Zockopa can you tell me where is a good place to look up the numbers of Russians deployed in Ukraine and casualties of the conflict? A few news sources say casualties (injured, captured, killed, otherwise removed from action) are estimated at 220k. And deployment in the range of 130-200k at various times. Is that broadly in line with your understanding?
      Military rotation is, i think, 6 months .. so we're in the third rotation of the war. That's not running low, but it's not a trivial outlay either
      Ukraine at the start of the 2022 offensive draughted all males of service age and health, but Ukraine fights well from being the defender, and from necessity, and with the aid supplied .. the number advantage is solidly with Russia, in terms of troops and tanks.

    • Arima Kishou
      Arima Kishou 2 months ago

      @Stephanie Waters What 200k+ where do you get these sources. Lol. Ukraine still catches men of military age to put them on Abrams and Leopards)

  • RedBlackDish
    RedBlackDish 2 months ago +2

    "We have heard some reports of conscripts serving in Russia, not quite accidental, but certainly illegal"
    What else are they supposed to do? They are drafted to SERVE one year in the army.
    Rule ≠ law. There is a rule not to sent conscripts to serve abroad but that's not a law so it is not "illegal".

  • JerryMetal
    JerryMetal 2 months ago

    Imagine being a Russian man who is looking forward to the spring time and suddenly the phone rings.

    • U&ME
      U&ME 2 months ago +1

      Many russian bots has receive it allready, as you can see in this comment section.

  • Moose2222
    Moose2222 2 months ago +4

    In Putin Russia, they say that joining the army is the best decision you'll ever make... because it's the only decision you'll ever get to make!

  • Maciej Piwowarski
    Maciej Piwowarski 2 months ago +5

    Remember when Putin said there wont be general mobilisation? And now this is a third conscription!

  • Platon Berman
    Platon Berman 2 months ago

    The problem is that Russia recognizes, for instance, Lahansk and Donetsk regions as its territories and conscripts could be sent there

  • Owel James Cenidoza
    Owel James Cenidoza 2 months ago +27

    Happy April Fool's by Putin to Russian Citizens

  • YamiKaiba - The Bitter Truth

    Lmao imagine if that was an april fools joke on Putins part with the whole "Not being part of the war" statement.

    • давид Бедные люди
      давид Бедные люди 2 months ago

      lmao [大爆笑[だいばくしょう];腹の底から笑ったlaughingmyassoffの略·吹いた] | Cầu nguyện cho Үкраїна và hòa bình.

  • MrTingles
    MrTingles 2 months ago +1

    my genuine condolences to the conscripts and their families. nobody deserves to be drafted into such a meat grinder, whether they're to be deployed in Ukraine or not

    • SteppeProwler
      SteppeProwler Month ago

      I agree they don't deserve it but notice the internet is a slightly better place?

  • Gymnocactus6
    Gymnocactus6 2 months ago

    When Vietnam went to war with the Chinese, Vietnam had one of the largest war hardened and experienced armys in the world and many of their soldiers mentioned how the Chinese sent wave upon wave of their soldiers at the Vietnamese. In the nonfiction book "One Crowded Hour" which was told by an implaced war photographer that stacks of fallen Chinese got so high they fighting took place among these mounds. The Vietnamese as war hardened as they were from years of batting the French and Americans were shocked at this new style of warfare. Russia is doing the same thing in Ukraine and sending wave upon wave of Russian conscripts as Cannon fodder.

    • Interglacial Optimist
      Interglacial Optimist 2 months ago

      What a terrible picture you painted but probably fiction with regards to the Ukrainian battlefield.
      It's your desire for such a grotesque picture that is disturbing.

  • MyBoys D
    MyBoys D 2 months ago +1

    I hope Russia will some day find peace within its politics, all this suffering is pointless

  • Viper
    Viper Month ago +4

    I explain for not smart people, this is the usual annual draft of young people for military service, this is the norm for many countries of the former USSR, including Ukraine

  • Joaquin546
    Joaquin546 2 months ago +67

    Conscription never ended in Russia.

    • Nature Blank 🇷🇺
      Nature Blank 🇷🇺 2 months ago +2

      Conscription never ended in Ukraine. We still see babushkas being dragged into vans for Elensky's meatgrinder

    • Joaquin546
      Joaquin546 2 months ago +9

      @Nature Blank 🇷🇺 I would listen if you could spell Volodymyr’s name right.

    • Name
      Name 2 months ago +1

      @Nature Blank 🇷🇺 how many more year do you still need to cope,

  • cmdr tremyss
    cmdr tremyss 2 months ago +1

    The new recruits can carry out their military service in Doneck region. According to Russa, it's part of Russia, so they won't send those boys to Ukraine on paper. In practice they will be the first wave in one of the storm groups versus strengthened ukrainian defences.

  • Adrian ten Cate
    Adrian ten Cate 2 months ago +1

    Excellent. Send more please. Stand up comedy is always funny during spring.

  • gilbs72
    gilbs72 2 months ago +16

    "You can fool all people some of the time and some people all the time. But you can never fool all people all the time."
    Except inside Russia.

    • jeck jeck
      jeck jeck 2 months ago +1

      People? Where?
      All I see are orcs and goblins.

    • Smiling Ninja
      Smiling Ninja 2 months ago +1

      Maybe North Korea too? 😂

  • Paolo Luckyluke
    Paolo Luckyluke 2 months ago +1

    I’m sure there are well qualified German journalists who can speak English perfectly well.

  • Valen Sinclair
    Valen Sinclair 2 months ago +7

    "A fresh wave of 200s ... " Being conscripted in Ruzzia is like winning the Death Lottery.

  • Konstantina Valentina
    Konstantina Valentina 2 months ago +6

    I'm super curious to see how many or who actually goes to conscription without getting dragged there.

    • ihikebc
      ihikebc 2 months ago

      It usually an honor for a Russian man to serve in the army, as the army is known a place where boys become men.

  • PorterBrass
    PorterBrass 2 months ago

    God, give them a conscience so that their eyes are opened. God, direct these soldiers back to their motherland. God, protect the people of Ukraine.

  • Ted Baxter
    Ted Baxter 2 months ago +12

    Line ‘em up, knock ‘em down!
    Bless Ukraine.
    I’m sure all these guys will be potato peelers and Parade Soldiers. I mean you need soldiers with arms and legs to give a good impression for domestic consumption.

  • X88B88
    X88B88 2 months ago +1

    I like Frank. Wish he had a larger presence on Twitter.

  • Ramal
    Ramal 2 months ago +1

    The fact that when you need more men or soldiers on the line in a war defines that you are basically losing and military leadership is screwing up, much reminisence to 1965-1968 US involvement in Vietnam, where they surely but slowly increasing troop numbers in Vietnam, while they are hiding the fact that they are no closer to victory. Also the Nixon Adm. made it worse by increasing draft calls

  • Johannes Van Rooy
    Johannes Van Rooy 2 months ago +1

    I would gladly serve for residency

  • Paul Geno  Meditation for Motivation

    Good commentary. SLAVA UKRAINI...HEROYAM SLAVA !!!!

    • ihikebc
      ihikebc 2 months ago

      Do you even know the origins of this slogan, Paul?

    • Paul Geno  Meditation for Motivation
      Paul Geno Meditation for Motivation  2 months ago +1

      @ihikebc yes of course. It means Glory to Ukraine and Glory to the Heroes. This is a Ukrainian slogan or war cry. Nothing more.

  • Lepus Felix
    Lepus Felix 2 months ago +2

    Much doubt,
    I am sure they great many months of training [at most 1 after being dragged into war], and the best of gear[this looks like armor right? right? Oh and here is a WW I gun], and provided the support it needs for great victory[Have some WWI MRE's]
    To definitely just be training somewhere safe [hello Bakhmut!]

  • Kim Iannone
    Kim Iannone 2 months ago +3

    Yes, the orks are doing so well that they are into their second official conscrption. The truth is that conscriptoon has been ongoing for a year

  • Robert Douglass
    Robert Douglass 2 months ago

    What do we know of Russian law that can help us to understand their motivations (at least in their regards to foreign relations)? How mutable is it? How closely is it designed to resemble, at least visually, the US Constitution, and is it meant to lend itself well to autocracy or was autocracy simply the end result thus far?

    • pat verum
      pat verum 2 months ago +1

      Russian law: It is like elastic,it can be stretched to suit everyone,but mainly
      the upper class.

  • Damir K
    Damir K 2 months ago +2

    So many lost lives for crazy dreams of just one man☹️

    • Maimuke
      Maimuke 2 months ago

      No, not just one man.

  • kindnuguz
    kindnuguz 2 months ago +1

    We first heard [ first weeks of March ]
    Well it's April now and we are hearing [ Next few weeks ]
    Looking at the past the next few weeks will pass and we'll be at the same point we are now.
    This unfortunately will be what makes many lose interest as it combines both a trust issue and wars are nothing new to the "west" but something we know if dragged on only cost casualties and lots of money.

    • xcitemex 6
      xcitemex 6 2 months ago

      Theres no rush. Keep sending the Ukrainians to the grinder

  • 31Blaize
    31Blaize 2 months ago +36

    Russia denies that conscripts will be sent to Ukraine - we'll expect to see them on the front line in a couple of weeks then, yes?

    • Li F
      Li F 2 months ago +7

      I give it 5 days

    • Eric Nesbitt
      Eric Nesbitt 2 months ago +3


    • dpelpal
      dpelpal 2 months ago

      Exactly as I thought

    • ryaku5
      ryaku5 2 months ago

      "I'll give 'em a week."
      "I'll give 'em 11 minutes."

  • John Robert Lamonaca
    John Robert Lamonaca 2 months ago +1

    "Yet what perspective does us as reliant upon visual send downs, isn't it/and as I find myself in thinking, that I May be a bit confused?!/You tell me... " 👍👍🏼

  • Moraea257
    Moraea257 2 months ago +8

    Thank you for devoting your life to raising my cannon fodder, girls. Putin meeting mothers of Russian soldiers

    • Powell
      Powell 2 months ago

      Noice one 😂

  • James Coleman
    James Coleman 2 months ago

    I know people call out the hipocrisy with the wests response to this war compared to others however you have to admit the scale of this war is much bigger i remember growing up learning about iraq and afghanistan and think that was a massive waste of life and couldnt believe it happened in the modern era but this war is in the 100s of thousands you could populate cities with the loses of this war

  • Uzi Thedreadpoet
    Uzi Thedreadpoet 2 months ago +4

    Here we go….
    Lord, Have Mercy on us

  • Joe Shmoe
    Joe Shmoe 2 months ago


  • René Dubón
    René Dubón 2 months ago +4

    I would never fight in a war for a dictator like Putin and I would never fight in any war if I DON'T WANT.

    • owen thomas
      owen thomas 2 months ago

      yer, but as a result you wouldn't be living in "modern" Russia in the first place.

    • hitchhiker
      hitchhiker 2 months ago +2

      Zelensky banned opposition parties lmao

    • owen thomas
      owen thomas 2 months ago +2

      @hitchhiker they banned parties that supported the nation which was currently trying to conquer them. This is normal, I know of no nation which has been invaded and not done such a thing.
      Before that pro-russia partys were allow and either lost or won by lieing about there intention to integrate with Europe.
      Zelensky stood against a dozen+ very varied parties and won.

  • William Young
    William Young 2 months ago +2

    The fact Russian doctors are still using head mirrors says a lot... (0:17)

  • crome dome
    crome dome 2 months ago

    Way to go this rule is so dope

  • White Dragon
    White Dragon 2 months ago +4

    Spring Cannon Fodder... I would hate to be in Russia right now.

  • Artstrada Magazine
    Artstrada Magazine 2 months ago

    it went so well the first time.. each wave of conscripts is less qualified than the prior