The Kremlin announced that President Vladimir Putin will meet the mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine on Friday as the deadliest conflict in Europe since World War Two enters its tenth month.
According to the US, the war in Ukraine has killed and injured tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, and the Russian invasion has triggered the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
Hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers have been sent to fight in Ukraine, including some of the more than 300,000 reservists called up as part of Putin’s September mobilisation.
On the eve of Mother’s Day, which is observed in Russia on the last Sunday of November,” the Kremlin said in a statement, “Vladimir Putin will meet with the mothers of servicemen participating in the special military operation.”
Putin will meet with mothers of reservists called up to fight, as well as professional soldiers from the armed forces, according to the Kremlin.