Desperate Putin pays recruits families in fish – 60,000 killed

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Desperate enlistment officers have reportedly resorted to plying people with fresh fish in a bid to entice men to join the army and fight the war in Ukraine. A local representative of the Russian Government, Mikhail Shuvalov, promised islanders in the eastern Sakhalin island 5kg of flounder, pollock and salmon in exchange for sending their men to war. Anton Barbashin, a Russian political analyst, said: “We take your husband and you get to eat for a few weeks. That’s a true indication of poverty officials want everyone to forget.” The initiative follows a scheme in Tuva where families receive one sheep, coal, 50kg of flour and two bags of potatoes for each family member dispatched to the front.

The scheme comes as Ukrainian forces continue to make blistering advances, including the liberation of Lyman, a city in the Donetsk region, which had been strategically important for the Russian forces, who had been taking advantage of its rail network to replenish supplies and personnel. 

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