Russian Mothers Say Soldiers Tricked Into Going to Ukraine

Russian law prohibits conscripts from being sent to the front unless they choose to sign a contract and become career soldiers. But in Ukraine, 'there are a lot of draftees. None of them signed up'

Liza Rozovsky
Liza Rozovsky
Liza Rozovsky
Liza Rozovsky

Maria, who lives in the Russian city of Tver, is beside herself with worry about her son, a soldier doing his compulsory service in the Russian army. She knows he’s 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Kharkiv, but not whether he’s in Ukraine or in Russia. “I don’t know why my child is where a war is going on,” she says on the phone, in tears. “I can’t do anything except cry. I think about jumping from the eighth floor. I can’t work, live, eat or drink.”

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