Russia mistakenly calls old, sick people to report for Ukraine war

Russian authorities have promised to fix the mistakes in their troop call-up for Ukraine, after some public outrage over students, older or sick people being mistakenly ordered to report for duty.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilisation last week, he said only people with “relevant” skills or military experience would be concerned.

But many expressed outrage after seeing cases of authorities summoning people unfit for service.

Upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko called on all governors to avoid mistakes, in a rare admission.

“Incorrect cases of mobilisation… are provoking fierce reactions in society, and rightly so,” Ms Matviyenko said in a statement on Telegram.

“Some are assuming that handing in their report quickly is more important than correctly fulfilling this important mission,” she added.

“This is unacceptable… Make sure that partial mobilisation is carried out in full and complete compliance with the criteria. And without a single mistake!” she ordered.

The governor of the northwestern Leningrad region, Alexander Drozdenko told local districts heads to “take the residents’ appeals under your personal control and deal with each single case,” according to a statement on his administration’s website Sunday.

The Vladimir region governor Vladimir Avdeev already said Saturday that “anyone mobilised by mistake will return home.”

Several students said they were given call-up papers, despite Russian authorities promising they would be left out of the recruitment drive.

On Saturday, President Putin signed a decree confirming students in secondary vocational and higher education institutions would be exempted from mobilisation.