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Captured Russian armored personnel carrier in Kharkiv

  • Ukrainian forces are advancing into Kherson, one of the four regions Russia formally annexed days ago despite widespread condemnation.
  • The gains come after Kyiv’s forces recaptured Lyman over the weekend in Donetsk, another region annexed by Moscow.
  • Meanwhile, thousands of newly mobilized Russian troops have been sent home as they were deemed unfit for duty.
Russian reservists meet at a gathering point in the course of partial mobilization of troops, aimed to support the country's military campaign in Ukraine, in the town of Volzhsky in the Volgograd region, Russia September 28, 2022
Russian reservists meet at a gathering point in the course of partial mobilization of troops, aimed to support the country’s military campaign in Ukraine [File: Reuters]

Thousands of mobilized Russians were sent home, deemed unfit for duty. The latest troop setback follows Ukraine’s recapture of Lyman in Donetsk, a move which Kyiv says sets the stage for further gains.

Thousands of Russians mobilized for military service in Ukraine have been sent home after being deemed unfit for duty, the latest setback to President Vladimir Putin’s conscription of 300,000 servicemen.

Mikhail Degtyarev, the governor of the Khabarovsk region in Russia’s far east, said several thousand men had reported for enlistment in 10 days but many were ineligible.

“About half of them we returned home as they did not meet the selection criteria for entering the military service,” Degtyarev said in a video post on the Telegram messaging app.

He said the military commissar in Russia’s Khabarovsk region was removed, but that his dismissal would not affect the mobilization.

Russia’s first call to arms since World War II was declared on September 21, led to widespread discontent and drove thousands of men to flee abroad.

The move was billed as enlisting those with military experience.

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