In a video shared on Telegram, a child can be heard crying while saying goodbye to his father. The video shows Russians waiting to board buses to go to war and fight.
The BBC’s Will Vernon was able to verify the footage after talking to locals of Stary Oskol in the Belgorod area, including a woman who was present there when the video was filmed. The footage is being shared on social media app Telegram.
Russia has begun implementing a plan to call in reservists to fight after a setback in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the mobilization of 300,000 more Russians with military experience with protests in the country.