Russian military ad calls for 'real men' to join the war in Ukraine

April 23, 2023

A video that appeared across the ministry’s social networks Wednesday features three men going about their daily lives and working seemingly mundane jobs. “Is this the path you wanted to choose?” it asks a taxi driver as he drops off a passenger. Last week, Russian lawmakers hastily approved new legislation allowing authorities to deliver conscription notices electronically, making it almost impossible to avoid getting drafted. The law has raised fears that a second wave of mobilization for the war in Ukraine could be imminent. Russia called up some 300,000 men during the first wave last September, leading to protests and a mass exodus of men.