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Ukrainian intelligence: Russia starts conscripting plant workers in Donetsk Oblast

September 21, 2022 3:38 pmby The Kyiv Independent news desk

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.

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.

The Kyiv Independent news desk
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