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Ukrainian intelligence: Russia starts conscripting plant workers in Donetsk Oblast

by The Kyiv Independent news desk September 21, 2022 3:38 PM 1 min read
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Russia's proxies conscript 200-500 steel plant workers in Donetsk Oblast, bringing the Yenakiieve Iron and Steel Works to a halt, Defense Ministry's Intelligence Directorate reported on Sept. 21. The plant belongs to Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man.

According to Ukrainian intelligence, the proxies have also set up a military training camp for prisoners brought from Russia to fight in Ukraine near occupied Torez. As of August, Russian-controlled mercenary group Wagner Group has recruited over 1,000 Russian prisoners to fight in Ukraine.

EXCLUSIVE: Inside Ukraine’s covert operation to take out elite Wagner Group mercenaries in Donbas

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sept. 21 declared a mobilization that, according to him, will target the Russian Armed Forces' reserve personnel. Russia's plan is to draw nearly 300,000 new soldiers into the army ranks.

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