“I want you to know that me personally and the country’s leadership share this pain,” Mr. Putin Added at the beginning of The meeting. “We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son, a child.”

Russia launched its full scale invasion of Ukraine in February in the apparent hope of a quick collapse of the Kyiv government. With the failure of the original plan, and with Russian Forces struggle to hold hundreds of Miles of Frontlines, the Kremlin was forced into declaring a mobilization of It recruits. suspended In the midst of a public backlash, on a scale never seen since the start, this month’s meeting was held earlier this month. of The invasion.

Many apolitical Russians lost their husbands and their sons when the war reached their homes. Some families had to provide the necessary supplies for the poorly-equipped, mobilized men. Many couldn’t reach their loved ones for weeks, anxiously waiting for news.

On Sunday, Ms. Tsukanova’s organization held a news conference in Moscow where many soldiers’ relatives had a chance to tell their stories.

“They have humiliated, deceived and bullied us, so women, we have nothing to be afraid of,” Ms. Tsukanova explained that her son was drafted into military service before the September mobilization. He was then forced to serve at Ukraine’s border without any prior training.

Yelena Kolina stated that her nephew was only eight days old when he was mobilized and was sent from Lipetsk in western Russia to the frontlines of Ukraine.

The newly mobilized men “had to fight with automatic rifles against artillery,” Ms. Kostina.

Yelena Kamilaysheva claimed that her brother was forced to fight without any supplies or means of Without commanders on the ground, communication is possible.

“They were hit by mortar fire,” Ms. Kalimysheva stated that they were forced to surrender. “Why,” She asked: “after one week of training, were they thrown into the woods and left there to die?”