Russia begins drafting new troops to fight in Ukraine

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Russia has begun implementing plans to call up reservists to fight in Ukraine after suffering setbacks there. President Vladimir Putin’s order to mobilize 300,000 more Russians with military experience sparked protests on Wednesday. More than 1,000 anti-mobilisation protesters are reported to have been arrested. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has not denied media reports that some protesters were given draft papers.

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