Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the mothers of Russian soldiers sent to the Ukrainian battlefield on the 25th. Putin said to the mothers of Russian soldiers that "the entire Russian leadership" was "sympathetic" to the suffering of the soldiers' families, but he still insisted that he would not regret launching this "special military campaign".
The Guardian and Reuters reported that the Russian official media broadcast the film of the closed door talks held in Novo Ogaryovo official residence in the suburb of Moscow on the 25th. Putin sat around the table with the mothers of 17 Russian soldiers, with tea, cake and fresh berries on the table.
Putin said, "I want you to know that personally, as well as the entire leadership of this country, we share your pain." "We understand that nothing can make up for the loss of a son, especially for a mother." "We share this pain.". The film did not show how these military dependents responded to Putin.
This is the first time since the outbreak of the Ukrainian Russian war that Putin met with the mothers of Russian soldiers who were sent to the battlefield in Ukraine. The time was chosen before the Russian Mother's Day on the 27th. Putin said, "I fully understand that this will not be a time of celebration for you and many other Russian women whose sons are fighting in the war zone.". However, he reiterated that he did not regret launching this "special military operation" as he said, and also told these Russian military relatives not to believe everything about this conflict that they saw on TV or on the Internet, "a lot of false news, deceptions and lies".
After Putin forced 300000 people to join the Russian Russian War, many Russian army mothers and families worried about their relatives' fighting in Ukraine in recent months, which has been circulated in the Russian community media.
According to Mozhem Obyasnit, an independent Telegram channel, most of the women invited to the conference were later identified as people connected with the government.
These include the Moscow municipal representative of the ruling United Russia Party, a local official of the Siberian Republic of Tuva, and the director Olesya Shigina. His films are known for their pro government and religious conservatism.
。 The daily war situation analysis of the British Ministry of Defense on the 25th pointed out that since the deployment of these mobilized troops in Russia, the common situation was confusion caused by the suitability of recruitment conditions, insufficient training and equipment, and some people with "serious chronic diseases" were also recruited; In addition, when the Russian army attacked the well defended eastern Dunetsk Bakhmut of the Ukrainian army, a large number of reserve troops were killed in battle. Putin worried that more and more families of the reserve troops would rather risk being arrested than protest against their relatives' situation on the battlefield.