"The hardest thing is saying goodbye to the children," added another man, barely holding back tears.

(LaPresse) The partial mobilization of reservists announced by Putin to strengthen his forces in Ukraine is also underway in Russia’s eastern Yakutia region. In the regional capital Yakutsk, an indoor stadium was turned into a collection center on Friday for enlisted soldiers, who will then be sent to military units in the Eastern Military District. “I went to kindergarten with my daughter and they gave it to me on the street. I came here right away. I’m fine, I’m calm,” said one recruit. “The hardest thing is saying goodbye to the children,” added another man, barely holding back tears.

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