War in Ukraine: The Growing Concerns of Russian Soldiers’ Mothers Continued Without News

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke directly to the mothers of his soldiers currently stationed in Ukraine, claiming to “know how concerned they are”, and trying to reassure them, they shared their despair and concern with the BBC.

It is mothers, grandmothers, sisters or even girlfriends who are concerned about the Russian soldiers who went to fight in Ukraine. “Young men who seem to have no idea what they were sent for,” British media explained. And according to the testimony of some of them, whose names have been changed, the military units refuse to give information. This is the case, for example, of Marina, who, after a week without hearing from her grandson Nikita, began to call the Russian army.

“I called his military unit, they said he didn’t leave Russia, I replied that they were joking because he contacted me from Belarus. I then replied that they didn’t know where their soldiers were and they hung up and never called me back,” she explains, fearing the worst. Like many others, Marina’s grandson is conscripted. And in Russia, young men aged 18 to 27, who have no study or parental obligations, are conscripted into the army for a year.

According to the grandmother’s story, during Nikita’s early days on duty, representatives of military units arrived in their area, hoping to bring in conscripts to become contract soldiers to extend their draft and earn a salary. “They convinced him and promised him that he could retire early, that he would have a stable salary and that he would learn to drive.”

So, in addition to a meager salary of 18,000 rubles or 125 euros, and free housing, the young man also had to pay for a uniform and gasoline, and lived in “icy conditions because there was no heating or hot water,” Marina said.

According to the latest news from him on Feb. 23, he told his grandmother that they were “doing repetitive exercises and then he would go home”. But she remains certain that her grandson had no idea that he would be sent to Ukraine to fight.

A feeling of helplessness

Like this grandmother, another woman named Galina explained to the English daily after realizing that her son Nikolai was in Ukraine when his sister saw his photo on the Facebook page of the head of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, “as a prisoner of war “.

“I don’t know what to do, the media is silent about the fact that our men have been imprisoned, or they just don’t know,” the young man’s mother panicked before claiming that “his child did not go to Ukraine of his own.” free will, the commander in chief sent him there.” “Which door should I knock to get my child back?” she asked desperately.

A helplessness shared by this other mother whose son also worked as a soldier under contract and was sent for “practice”. This other mother indicates that “if she had known where her son is, she would have packed her bags” to pick him up.

On Friday, the Pentagon estimated that a significant number of Russian men deployed to Ukraine for combat are conscripts, “which would explain their inexperience and lack of awareness of what to do,” according to the BBC.