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Putin tells angry Russian mothers to be ‘proud’ of loved ones



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Russian mothers who believe their sons have been sent into war by Vladimir Putin as cannon fodder are lashing out at him, desperately seeking an end to the invasion. Russia’s Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers spoke to a Russian investigative news outlet saying many young boys have been pressured and even forced to sign contracts to join the Russian Military.

“Mothers are telling us that their sons have been calling them and saying they’re being forced to sign contracts…the parents who have gotten in touch have told us their sons were just taken by military officers, stamped, and that’ sit – now they’re contract soldiers” said Olga Larkina, the group’s director.

Putin has disputed the claims and addressed the mothers directly. “I’d like to address the mothers, wives, sisters, brides and girlfriends of our soldiers and officers who are in battle now,” he said in a televised address, according to a translation from Russian.

“I know how worried you are for your loved ones…you can be proud of them just as the whole country is proud and feels for them.”

“We were all deceived, all deceived,” a woman shouted at Sergey Tsivilev, governor of the Kuzbass region in Siberia, on a video translated by the Telegraph and shared to social media. “They were sent there as cannon fodder. They are young. They were unprepared.”

Fox News reports:

Putin claimed Russian troops, which he sent in last month in a stalled bid to topple the government in Kyiv, have deployed for a defensive “special military operation.”

He also claimed that “conscripted soldiers” played no role in combat operations in Ukraine and vowed not to mobilize additional reserves.  

However, just days into the invasion last month reports emerged that conscripted soldiers had been forced to sign military contracts and were cut off from communications with their families.

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  1. Alberta Trafficante

    March 9, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Thank God that the American people have been spared Russian propaganda.Conscripted soldiers forced to sign a contract and communications being cut off and then to add insult to injury is Putin telling their mothers they should be proud of their sons! Thank you for letting me know. Gee. Here I thought the Ukranian men who weren’t allowed to evacuate with families not knowing where they are had it bad. Thanks again.

  2. Jim Campbell

    March 9, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Who cares? Putin’s an asshole, one of the mothers should assassinate him, the world would immediately be a safer place

  3. Barb Nak

    March 10, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Bureaucrats are the same everywhere. This despicable invasion is wrong. War crimes are being committed..the Russian politicians sit back and watch the atrocities, Biden sits in his basement and does God knows what..who suffers, the Ukrainian people, the Russian people and we will soon be suffering, too.

  4. Robin MMeeking

    March 10, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Putin imagined himself to be another Peter The Great. He’s turned out more like Ivan The Terrible. Maybe we should call him Putin The Baby Slayer.

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Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.



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A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.

The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.

However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.

CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.

The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”


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