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World Putin decries media 'lies' at meeting with soldiers' mothers

06:21  26 november  2022
06:21  26 november  2022 Source:   msn.com

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hit out at what he said were skewed media portrayals of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine as he met with mothers of Russian soldiers fighting there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with mothers of military personnel serving in the special military operation ahead of Mother's Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November. (Alexander Shcherbak, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with mothers of military personnel serving in the special military operation ahead of Mother's Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November. (Alexander Shcherbak, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

"Life is more difficult and diverse that what is shown on TV screens or even on the Internet. There are many fakes, cheating, lies there”, Putin said.

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The meeting in the Kremlin with more than a dozen women came as uncertainty persists over whether enlistment efforts may resume in the face of recent battlefield setbacks.

Putin said that he sometimes speaks with troops directly by telephone, according to a Kremlin transcript and photos of the meeting.

“I’ve spoken to (troops) who surprised me with their mood, their attitude to the matter. They didn’t expect these calls from me… (the calls) give me every reason to say that they are heroes,” Putin said.

Some soldiers’ relatives have complained of not being invited to the meeting and have directly criticized Putin’s leadership as well as the recent "partial mobilization” that defense officials said resulted in 300,000 reservists being called up.

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Marina Bakhilina of Yakutsk listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during his meeting with mothers of military personnel serving in the special military operation ahead of Mother's Day, at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press Marina Bakhilina of Yakutsk listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during his meeting with mothers of military personnel serving in the special military operation ahead of Mother's Day, at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Olga Tsukanova of the Council of Mothers and Wives, a movement formed by relatives of mobilized soldiers, said in a video message on the Telegram messaging app authorities have ignored queries and requests from her organization.

“We are here in Moscow, ready to meet with you. We are waiting for your reply,” she said, addressing Putin directly.

“We have men in the ministry of defense, in the military prosecutor’s office, powerful guys in the presidential administration… and mothers on the other side. Will you start a dialogue or will you hide?,” she said in her message. Unconfirmed reports by some Russian media outlets suggested that some of the women meeting with Putin on Friday were members of pro-Kremlin social movements, the ruling United Russia party, or local officials backing Putin’s government.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he talks with mothers of military personnel serving in the special military operation ahead of Mother's Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November. (Alexander Shcherbak, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he talks with mothers of military personnel serving in the special military operation ahead of Mother's Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November. (Alexander Shcherbak, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Valentina Melnikova from of the Union of Committees of Soldiers’ Mothers, a Russian rights organization, told the independent Verstka publication earlier this week that its members were also not invited to the meeting.

Since October, relatives of mobilized soldiers have organized protests in over a dozen Russian regions, calling on the authorities to release their relatives from frontline duty and ensure they had appropriate food rations, shelter and equipment.

Reports by the AP, independent Russian media, and activists have suggested that many of the mobilized reservists are inexperienced, were told to procure basic items such as medical kits and flak jackets themselves, and did not receive proper training before deployment. Some were reported killed within days.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with mothers of military personnel serving in the special military operation ahead of Mother's Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November. (Alexander Shcherbak, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with mothers of military personnel serving in the special military operation ahead of Mother's Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November. (Alexander Shcherbak, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Concerns persist in Russia about whether the Kremlin may renew its mobilization efforts, as Ukrainian forces continue to press a counteroffensive in the country’s south and east. Moscow has suffered a string of battlefield setbacks, losing territory in the northeastern Kharkiv and southern Kherson regions.

While Russian officials last month declared the “partial mobilization” complete, critics have warned it could resume after military enlistment offices are freed up from processing conscripts from Russia’s annual fall draft.

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