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1/ 18-to-19-year old women from Kamchatka who joined the Russian Army as nurses are being made to sign contracts changing their role to that of motorised riflemen, according to a local regional deputy. He also complains about the treatment of mobilised men from the region. ⬇️
2/ The complaint, written by Dmitry Bobrovskikh to Kamchatka governor Vladimir Solodov, follows an earlier video by the Kamchatka mobiks complaining that they were being forced to serve in the DNR's 'People's Militia' and fight alongside Storm Z convicts.
3/ Bobrovskikh says he is passing on the complaints of the men's wives. According to them, the men were supposed to have received 3-4 months of combat training in Aleysk in the Altai region. Instead, they spent 6 weeks doing construction work and went to the shooting range twice.
4/ "Some do not have entries in their military IDs about their attachment to their military unit, some do not even have military IDs themselves. The equipment also did not match that which was promised, and even that was not given to everyone."
5/ "To the appeals of our guys to the command of the training ground in Aleisk about giving them commanders, the answer was received – 'We don't need you here, for fuck's sake.'"
6/ "Further, the servicemen of the Kamchatka battalion were divided into two groups, one of which was sent to the place of combat operations. As a result, the group sent to the front line, or as the fighters say "to the ribbon", suffered huge losses.
7/ "Some of the guys of the Kamchatka battalion are now in Rostov, where they are forced to sign a second contract in order to transfer them to the military units of the LPR and DPR in the future.
8/ "However, initially the Kamchatka guys were supposed to serve TOGETHER in the Kamchatka battalion!
9/ "In addition, our Kamchatka girls, many of whom are 18-19 years old, who joined the Kamchatka battalion as nurses, are required to sign in Rostov a second contract to be motorised riflemen! Girls as motorised riflemen!"
10/ Bobrovskikh says that he has corroborated this with the relatives and with the men, via video calls. They have already appealed to the governor, to which he is said to have replied, "What can I do?"
11/ "You may have acted with the best of intentions," writes Bobrovskikh, "but in today's realities, your actions may lead to unjustified deaths of the inhabitants of Kamchatka Territory."
12/ "Vladimir Viktorovich, if you can't do anything about the situation and help our guys, I suggest you stop making impossible promises in advance and stop recruiting volunteers for the Kamchatka battalion!" /end


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