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Heartbreaking plea from child as Russian dad drafted

A new video from Russia captures a child’s heartbreaking plea as their father is summoned to fight in Ukraine.

The video, posted by BBC reporter Will Vernonshows a line of young men walking through a crowd to a large red coach to join the Russian army.

While the men shuffle towards the bus under the watchful eye of three Russian police officers, a crying child can be heard in the background.

“Daddy, goodbye, please come back!” the child cries, according to Vernon’s translation. The child is not visible in the clip.

Vernon did not disclose the location of the video, but said he spoke to locals who confirmed the truth of the footage.

Similar images trickled in from the far reaches of Russia.

Video from the Siberian region of Yakutsk showed couples emotionally saying goodbye as men were loaded onto a bus bound for war.

The video shows a line of young men walking through a crowd to a large red coach to join the Russian army.
Twitter / @BBCWillVernon

Another video circulating on social media showed a crowd around a similarly painted bus, holding a destination sign that read “Makhachkala”, a city in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan.

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Putin’s mobilization order was devoid of details on Wednesday — to the extent that the Russian Defense Ministry set up a call-up line for field inquiries.

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“Nobody told me anything in the morning. They gave me draft message to come here at 3pm. We waited 1.5 hours, then the recruiting officer came and said we are leaving now,” a 25-year-old Moscow resident named Dmitry told Russian outlet Ostorozhno Novosti. “I was like, ‘Oh great!’ I went out and started calling my parents, brother and all my friends to say they are taking me.”

A new video from Russia captures a child's heartbreaking plea as their father is summoned to fight in Ukraine.
The Moscow resident learned that he was summoned when he arrived on the scene.
Twitter / @BBCWillVernon

Dmitry’s father – who came to see him off – gave his son a hug.

“Be careful,” he said.

The mobilizations come as Russia is reeling from a successful Ukrainian counter-attack earlier this month that severed supply lines and pushed occupying forces out of most of Kharkov province and parts of the eastern Donbas region.

Russia’s new conscripts will enter a war that the Kremlin appears to be losing, joining an army with declining morale.

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A new video from Russia captures a child's heartbreaking plea as their father is summoned to fight in Ukraine.
Those who oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin would put themselves in danger.
Twitter / @BBCWillVernon

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky switched to Russian during his overnight address on Wednesday and addressed the Russian people directly.

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“You are already complicit in all these crimes, murders and torture of Ukrainians,” Zelensky said, adding that they were “thrown to death”.

Russians had four options to save themselves, he continued: “protest, fight back, run away or surrender to Ukrainian captivity.”

For those who wanted to flee, Europe had words of encouragement.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said on Thursday that any Russian who “bravely opposes Putin’s regime and thereby puts himself in the greatest danger” can apply for asylum in Germany.

With Post wires

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