The families of some Russian soldiers mobilized in Ukraine have been offered a care package by their city’s mayor: a free bag of vegetables.
BBC journalist Francis Scarr posted a translated clip from Russian TV to Twitter on Monday. In the clip, Mayor Evgeny Grigoriev, an official in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, said the families of mobilized residents could proceed to collect a “one-off food package” this month.
Grigoriev said the package would contain fresh vegetables, including “cabbage, potato, carrot, beetroot, and onion.”
“If necessary, volunteers will deliver it to your home address,” Grigoriev said.
Representatives at the Yakutsk City Duma did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 21 acted to stave off the Russian army’s flagging manpower. Putin ordered a partial military mobilization and called up 300,000 army reservists to fight in Ukraine, after months of heavy losses in the war.
Videos that circulated on social media days after the draft was announced showed tearful families bidding goodbye to men drafted into the war, and fights with army officers who were taking draftees away.
In the aftermath of Putin’s order, land border crossings saw an uptick in traffic. Plane tickets to leave the country skyrocketed in price, with some opting to flee Russia rather than fight.
The Washington Post reported this week that Russian police and military officers were seizing men from restaurants, Metro stations, and their workplaces.
Putin said on Friday that 222,000 of the targeted 300,000 reservists have been mobilized for the conflict.