Busses for Ukraine suggest Russian fodder conscripts sent straight to front

Russian busses destined for Ukraine have sparked fears that troops are being sent to fight without any training at all.

Footage of busses with the sign Севастополь, or ‘to Sevastopol’ has emerged online – appearing to show coach after coach of people being driven away.

It surfaces among more and more reports of poorly-trained conscripts being taken to Ukraine as "cannon-fodder" without proper fighting preparation.

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The disturbing footage is understood to see Dagestanis taken on the busses, seemingly all men, waving back to people on the ground.

Sevastopol has seen heavy fighting in Ukraine since the war began.

Over the top, a woman can be heard crying and others are seen running along the side of the bus as they try to keep waving goodbye to loved ones.

In with the six coaches caught on camera is a military truck. A second voice, a woman’s, can be heard screaming over the top as the busses drive off.

Taking to Twitter, US-based journalist Fatima Tlis posted the footage with the caption: “Six busses from a small Dagestan town, watch with the sound on.

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“The busses have a sign 'to Sevastopol' that is a strong indication that there will be no training just cannon fodder.

“Moscow also deployed thousands of riot police from Buryatiya to North Caucasus as ‘order keepers.’”

The Daily Star has not been able to independently verify the footage.

Dagestan is among some of the most heavily recruited places in Russia since the war began and Vladimir Putin made an announcement to "mobilise" the military.

So far, mobilisation has seen Russians from some of the poorest, most deprived regions of the country conscripted to fight in Ukraine.

Since then, reports have frequently claimed that conscripts have received little or no training and have been been given weapons inadequate for modern warfighting.

Early reports of growing unrest in the areas being heavily conscripted have been matched with the emergence of unverified images and footage of protests and resistance.

Footage allegedly from Dagestan, which is in the south-west of Russia, has shown people shouting at and even engaging in physical violence with police officers as they resist the call to be taken to the front line.

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