Putin admits old and sick Russians have been sent to Ukraine without reason

Vladimir Putin has said that some people were drafted into his invasion of Ukraine "without proper reason".

In an unusual admission of guilt, the Russian President lamented the fact that "people suffering from chronic diseases" or "those who are already past conscription age" were part of the mobilisation he announced this week.

Following Putin's announcement that 300,000 reservists would be called up, thousands of men have fled the country.

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Others have protested the move. Some 2,000 people have been arrested for doing so, some of whom were promptly given call-up papers.

There have also been images of the conscripts heading to the frontline with rusty, aged weapons.

Yesterday (September 29), Putin addressed the permanent members of Russia’s Security Council about the mobilisation.

"We need to deal with all this without fuss, calmly, but quickly, in detail, thoroughly," he said.

"In the course of this mobilisation, many questions are coming up, and all mistakes must be corrected and prevented from happening in the future.

"If a mistake is made, it must be corrected, those who were called up without a proper reason should be returned home.

"For example, I'm thinking of fathers of many children, or people suffering from chronic diseases, or those who are already past conscription age."

Russia's first public mobilisation since World War Two has also had an impact on Putin's popularity.

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Less than a quarter of Russians approve of the mobilisation while nearly half fear it, according to new data from the independent Levada Center.

His personal approval ratings sank from 83% to 77% following the announcement.

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