FILE PHOTO: UN vehicles with members of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission depart for visit to Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in central Kyiv, Ukraine August 31, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo

As the Ukrainian portal “Kyiv Independent” reports, citing the Ukrainian secret service, the military commissariats of the two largest cities in Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg) have received instructions to conscript residents on a large scale for military service in occupied Crimea .

The Russian army has long faced the problem of finding enough new recruits for the war in Ukraine. From a Russian point of view, an extension to the two economically strong metropolises would be a delicate step. Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried to keep the war away from precisely this part of the population, instead forcing residents of the illegally annexed Ukrainian oblasts of Luhansk and Donetsk to the front. Ethnic minorities in Russia are also to be deployed more at the front. (tsp)