Russian head of parliament calls for MPs to go to war

Moscow (AP) – Russia’s head of parliament Vyacheslav Volodin called on the deputies of the State Duma to participate in the war in Ukraine after the order for partial mobilization. “Anyone who meets the requirements of partial mobilization should help by participating in the military special operation,” said the Duma chief on his Telegram news channel on Thursday. “There is no protection for MPs.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered partial mobilization on Wednesday. 300,000 reservists with combat experience are to be drafted.

The head of parliament was reacting to the not uncommon opinion in parliamentary circles that Putin’s call for national defense does not apply to them. One member of parliament said he was needed in the country. At the same time, Volodin praised the fact that there are parliamentarians who are already deployed in Donbass. According to him, only reservists with combat experience and special military training are drafted.

Putin’s confidante also acknowledged that “issues are arising that concern our citizens” following street protests and reports of mass exodus of young Russians from the country. Volodin said that Russian troops in Ukraine are also fighting “NATO forces” today. “In Ukraine there are NATO trainers, mercenaries from NATO countries, NATO technology, weapons and ammunition,” he said. 1000 kilometers of front line would have to be defended there.

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