Russia admits using drafted soldiers in the invasion of Ukraine, claims Putin didn’t know

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Moscow — Russia has admitted deploying conscripts to fight against Ukraine, though stressed that the move had not been approved by the Kremlin.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin had instructed the military prosecutor’s office to investigate cases of conscript deployment and to punish those responsible. Putin has repeatedly denied that there were any Russian conscripts fighting in Ukraine.

“Almost all of these soldiers have already been withdrawn to Russia,” the Defence Ministry in Moscow said. However, some conscripts were now in Ukrainian custody having been captured in fighting, it conceded.

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