Summons will be handed out to students of Penza University along with their diplomas
Students of Penza State University will receive summonses to the military enlistment office at the same time as diplomas on graduation, military commissar of Penza region Andrey Surkov said on Thursday. He clarified that the scheme of issuing summons will work only in one specific university with which there is a corresponding agreement.
The day before, reports began to arrive from more than 30 regions of Russia that their residents were being summoned to military enlistment offices. Officially, reservists are asked to appear at military enlistment offices to clarify their military records or to be selected for military training. The Kremlin has once again assured that it is not a second wave of mobilization.
At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Russia is starting a new recruitment for service in the army under a contract from April. For this purpose, the department sent orders to the regions indicating the number of people with whom the regulatory documents must be signed. At once, several regional mass media published the total number of contract workers, with whom, according to the plans of the Ministry of Defense, it is necessary to replenish the army – 400 thousand. According to the publication “Vyorstka”, the authorities are trying to compensate the losses of the Russian army suffered in Ukraine in the scarce military specialties – these are primarily armored car drivers and artillerymen.
- Rumors about the beginning of the second wave of mobilization in Russia due to the lack of manpower to continue the full-scale war in Ukraine have periodically appeared in the media since the end of last year. In particular, the intelligence agencies of several Western countries and the Ukrainian authorities warned about such events. The Kremlin denied and denies these plans.
- According to official data, more than 330,000 Russians who are in the reserve have been called up for military service since September last year as part of “partial mobilization”. At the end of October, the Minister of Defense of Russia, Sergei Shoigu, reported on the completion of the mobilization. After that, Putin also announced the end of conscription, but did not sign the corresponding decree. Thus, official mobilization continues in Russia.
- In January, the Minister of Defense of Russia, Sergei Shoigu, announced the task of increasing the number of Russian troops to one and a half million people within three years, and in March, a bill was introduced in the State Duma to raise the age limit for service in the conscripted army from 27 to 30 years.