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Putin and Shoihu Are Preparing to Use Minors in the War against Ukraine - Document

March 20, 2022

Due to the lack of manpower to replenish the ranks of the occupation army, the Kremlin leadership is considering a possibility of involving russia’s minors in the hostilities in Ukraine.

A respective order "On organizing the involvement of members of the Yunarmiia military-patriotic public movement in conducting a special operation in the territory of Ukraine" was signed by Russian Defence Minister Serhii Shoihu.

The order says reports should be prepared on the potential human reserve aged 17-18 to be involved in hostilities. The top military leadership of the russian federation must submit proposals for the training of these personnel as soon as possible. Hennadii Zhydko, the head of the main military-political department of the russian federation, is in charge of monitoring the implementation of the order.

Putin and Shoihu Are Preparing to Use Minors in the War against Ukraine - Document
Putin and Shoihu Are Preparing to Use Minors in the War against Ukraine - Document
Putin and Shoihu Are Preparing to Use Minors in the War against Ukraine - Document

Yunarmiia is a russian children's and youth military organization under the russian Ministry of Defence. It is engaged in radical propaganda work among young people in russia. Children over the age of eight become members of the organization.

Similar actions were taken by the military leadership of Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Since 1943, high school students in the ‘Hitler Youth’ units were involved in anti-aircraft artillery units. And from September 1944 to January 1945, 150,000 underage girls were enlisted in the Nazi army.