[Epoch Times, Medi 18, 2022](comprehensive report of the Epoch Times reporter Li Yan) After Ukraine successfully launched anti-crime in the northeast of the country, the war launched by President Putin has now come to the “doorstep” of the Russians. the Ukrainian side to the military targets of the Russian side, and the local power grid was disrupted. At the same time, recruitment vehicles appeared in Russia, recruiting highly paid soldiers to reinforce “special military operations”.
On Saturday (September 17) local time, Ukraine launched a new round of strikes in the Belgorod region of western Russia, killing at least one person and injuring two others.
Belgorod is the capital of Belgorod Oblast, Russia, on the Seversky Donets River, 24 miles (40 km) north of the border with Ukraine.
On Friday, the Ukrainians reportedly attacked the base of the Russian 3rd Motorized Rifle Division near Valuyki. The base is only 9 miles (14 kilometers) north of the Russian-Ukrainian border. Russian officials did not acknowledge that a military target had been hit, but said a civilian was killed and the local power grid was temporarily cut.
Russia has blamed Ukraine for the attacks on its territory, but Kyiv has not claimed responsibility.
Kyiv assured US officials that the donated weapons would not be used against targets inside Russia.
War makes Russians increasingly restless
According to the “Washington Post” report, since Ukraine is counterattacking step by step, Russians are beginning to feel the impact of the war directly and directly. As Putin’s troops are pushed back to where they came from, unrest is growing in Belgorod.
Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reissued an order on Monday (September 12) asking local authorities to inspect their bomb shelters. Online videos showed volunteers cutting down trees to build defenses in wooded areas south of the city.
Over the past two weeks, Ukraine has made remarkable progress in the Kharkiv region in the northeastern part of the country. During the development, the Ukrainian side discovered hundreds of mass graves, as well as stories of Russian soldiers terrorizing the residents of the recently liberated city of Izyum.
Citing these achievements and evidence of torture and killings, Ukrainian officials repeated their request to NATO allies to provide modern battle tanks and other heavy armored vehicles.
The Governor of Belgorod Gladkov has ordered the evacuation of hundreds of people and the closing of schools in border towns over the past few months. But now, restless residents are putting increasing pressure on the Belgorod authorities. They are experiencing what many Ukrainians have faced for months: the sound of gunfire at night, the destruction of houses and occasional injuries.
“I ask again, where is our army, the one that has to protect us?” Belgorod resident Tatyana Bogacheva said on the Gladkov VKontakte social media page “We are on the border; they are shooting at us, so we need troops and protection,” he wrote.
After a setback on the battlefield, Russian troops urgently need to increase their manpower and material resources to hold their positions in northeastern Ukraine. With the recent hasty retreat from Izum and Balakliya, and with local Russians worried that war is coming to their doorstep, Moscow has had to use young conscripts for “special military operations”.
This week, President Putin attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in Uzbekistan. During the period, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly accused him of starting the Ukraine war.
“Today’s era is not an era of wars, I have told you about this on the phone,” Modi told Putin. Earlier, Putin admitted he had heard “concerns and questions” about the war from Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
high paying conscription in Russia
The Russian army, which is looking for contract soldiers for what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine, is using mobile recruitment trucks to attract volunteers, offering almost $3,000 a month in incentives , Reuters reported.
A special forces unit placed such a truck in a central park in the southern Russian city of Rostov on Saturday and removed the side windows to reveal a mobile office.
Soldiers in camouflage and black masks showed interested passers-by their guns and handed out colorful pamphlets called “Contractual Military Service – The Real Men’s Choice.”
Moscow has not updated its official death toll since March 25, when it said 1,351 Russian soldiers had been killed and 3,825 wounded. Western intelligence agencies estimate that tens of thousands of lives have been lost on both sides of Russia and Ukraine.
The Kremlin said last week that it had not discussed a nationwide mobilization for reinforcements.
But the conscription shows that Moscow needs more people. Officials in charge of the Rostov trucks said Russians and foreigners between the ages of 18 and 60 who have at least a high school education are eligible.
“Citizens with patriotism choose to sign three-month or six-month contracts for special military operations,” said Major Sergei Ardashev.
The minimum monthly salary that Moscow offers these conscripts is 160,000 rubles ($2,700), almost three times the national average.
Reuters also reported that Russian soldiers drafted to serve in the Taman Division’s 1st Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment were transferred from the Moscow region to “defend the country as part of this spring’s conscription on the border”.
BBC Russia, citing family members of the soldiers, said that many Taman conscripts had died at the beginning of the invasion and that those who survived had been sent back to Russia. But instead of returning to their headquarters in Naro-Fominsk near Moscow, they were based in Valuyki.
This new batch of recruits should replace those who will be demobilized in October.
A fire in the backyard leaves Russia powerless
The war also appears to have weakened Russia’s ability to fight fires in the South. The Kremlin has always considered the area its backyard.
This week, Armenia turned to Russia for help as Azerbaijan struck again on its border towns. According to the country’s Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, he formally appealed to the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
The organization is a regional security alliance of post-Soviet states, including Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The Washington Post reported that Armenia has, so far, received a slow and unrelenting response, which could undermine Armenia’s trust in Moscow as an ally and the Collective Security Treaty Organization as a reliable security mediator.
Azerbaijan is not a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, but is supported by Turkey. Turkey is an important mediator in the Ukraine war. Azerbaijan accused Armenia of “provocation” in the border area, which the latter denies.
More than 200 soldiers on both sides were killed this week.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that she plans to visit Armenia over the weekend.
On the same day, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev said in face-to-face talks with Putin that the border conflict had “stabilized” and that the last three days had achieved a ceasefire.
Responsible editor: Li Yuan #