“On the first day of partial mobilization, some 10,000 citizens arrived at the recruitment offices of their own free will, without waiting for their call,” he told the Interfax agency. Vladimir Tsimlyanskya spokesman for the General Staff.
Images posted on social media showed images purportedly from the city of Yakutia (Siberia), with serious-looking men hugging their loved ones, some of them crying, before boarding a bus.
In other images posted on Mash, a well-known Telegram channel, a line of men was seen in front of a troop plane on a runway at night. A video allegedly recorded in the Russian Caucasian Republic of Chechnya it showed dozens of young people walking down the street, flanked by police.
The Russian Defense Ministry did not release any official image of the mobilization and did not give figures on the number of people summoned by the army.
On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of some 300,000 reservists who have “military experience.” However, many Russians fear a mass mobilization.