Putins Dads Army conscripts fumble rifles at parade before fighting Ukraine

A new "Dad’s Army" has been mobilised by Vladimir Putin as part of his push to win the war in Ukraine.

Last week, September 21, Putin announced that he would be escalating his efforts to push forward in the besieged country after Russian forces suffered a disastrous start to its 'special operation' there.

In his speech, he said Russia had “lots of weapons to reply” to what he sees as Western threats that “want to destroy our country”.

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In response to these "threats" he said he would be "mobilising" the Russian population – effectively a mass conscription masked as a war cry to the Russian people and a major escalation of tensions.

His plan with these "many weapons"? To conscript around 300,000 Russian civilians to be sent to Ukraine to fight.

“Military service will apply only to citizens who are currently in the reserve, especially those who have served in the armed forces, have certain military professions and relevant experience,” Putin.

Since then, the internet has been awash with videos of old, often drunk, men scooped up on busses in the dead of night and being taken away for training.

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Reports have claimed that this "training" has been brief – just days long – with some even alleging it is not happening at all.

Claims have emerged that often the new "recruits" have been staying outside and given old rusted weapons to use against Ukraine’s state-of-the-art, NATO-supplied equipment.

Now images from Sevastopol in the West of Crimea – a part of Ukraine currently annexed by Russia – have shown some of these new recruits getting ready to join the war effort.

Parading in Nakhimov Square these men are, in many cases, old and many appear to not be in the sharp physical shape usually associated with military fighters.

They do appear to have shiny, if quite basic, weapons.

The images have inspired parallels to be drawn to a new Dad’s Army, the popular UK sitcom that detailed the lives of members of the Home Guard during the Second World War.

These men were often old or unable to fight abroad for various reasons and so were recruited the defend the homeland.

They were rarely at the cutting edge of military ability and didn't tend to see much live combat.

In reality, the men in these new images out of Russia are civilians, regular blokes plucked from their lives with little training to join a war a long way from their homes that they didn’t start.

On September 28, Ukraine’s General Staff reported that a massive 58,150 Russians had been killed in Ukraine since the war began on February 24.

Although this is likely to be a larger number than other sources indicate, many of these troops were from professional voluntary forces – a million miles from the regular blokes being given guns and camo in Sevastopol.

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