Russian students will receive two years of basic military training from 2023 as a compulsory part of the curriculum, it turned out today.
The plans, announced this afternoon by Putin’s education minister, Sergei Kravtsov, come as Russian forces in Ukraine continue to suffer humiliating defeats, highlighting the Moscow military’s lack of preparedness.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov said students are expected to complete at least 140 hours of military training in the last two years of their school studies.
Schoolchildren receive instruction from war veterans and learn a variety of practical military skills, including how to handle machine guns, administer first aid in battle and create a shelter for personnel and military equipment, said State Duma deputy Vladimir Pavlov.
‘Now it [the course] is prepared, we will prepare it before January 1, then it will be tested, and schools can use it from next year,” Kravtsov told state media reporters earlier today.
According to prominent Russian politician Sergei Mironov, the introduction of the program will “make it possible to systematically prepare civilians for a possible confrontation with the enemy” and help find work for “tens of thousands of people”.
Russian students will receive two years of basic military training as a mandatory part of the curriculum from 2023, it emerged today (Russian cadet pictured during training in 2014)
Schoolchildren will be instructed by war veterans and will learn a variety of practical military skills, including handling machine guns and providing first aid in battle, said State Duma Deputy Vladimir Pavlov (the General Yermolov Cadet School instructor teaches a teenage cadet). how to fire a gun in Stavropol, 2015)
The plans, announced this afternoon by Putin’s Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov, come as Russian forces in Ukraine continue to suffer humiliating defeats, highlighting the Moscow military’s lack of preparedness.
A student of the General Yermolov Cadet School fires a rifle during military training near a boot camp of the Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) military patriotic club in the village of Sengileyevskoye outside Stavropol, Russia, March 28, 2017
The introduction of compulsory military training in Russian schools harks back to the Soviet Union, when students attended a so-called ‘initial military training program’.
Amid tensions with the West during the Cold War, teens were taught basic first aid, firearms handling, and ways to respond to nuclear or chemical attacks.
The program was withdrawn from the Russian school system in 1993, two years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The return of such military preparation to the school curriculum was announced when Russia suffered one of the most humiliating defeats of the war to date.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu today ordered his troops to withdraw from the western bank of the Dnipro River in the face of Ukrainian attacks near the southern city of Kherson.
“Begin withdrawing troops,” Shoigu said during a televised meeting with Russian commander in Ukraine Sergei Surovikin, who had previously suggested the “difficult decision” to withdraw from the city and set up defenses on the eastern bank of the city. the Dnipro River.
The city of Kherson was the first urban center Russia captured during its “special military operation” and the only regional capital controlled by Moscow’s forces since the offensive began on February 24.
Ukrainian forces have taken villages for weeks on their way to the city near the Black Sea and Kremlin-installed leaders in Kherson have withdrawn civilians.
A Ukrainian soldier fires a 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun into a position as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, on a frontline in Ukraine’s Kherson region, November 9, 2022
A graffiti warning of mines in a destroyed building in Arkhanhelske, a recently liberated village by the Ukrainian army after the Russian occupation in Kherson province, Ukraine, Nov 09, 2022
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu listens to a report from Army General Sergei Surovikin
Surovikin is depicted and outlines the parameters of the withdrawal of the Russian troops to the east bank of the Dnipro River, which will see them withdraw from the city of Kherson
Ukraine’s armed forces made a significant breakthrough in the north of the city of Kherson in October, pushing Russian forces back into defensive positions around the city.
Now, in November, Russia seems to have completely abandoned Kherson.
Taking back the city is a huge propaganda victory for Kiev, which now seeks to recapture all of its occupied territory – including those it has not controlled since 2014.
Kherson is an important intermediate point on the road to Crimea, the crown jewel of Putin’s war in 2014 and where President Zelensky has said the current war “will end.”
While Ukrainian forces are not expected to launch an immediate attack across the Dnipro – at least not immediately – it does place positions around Crimea within range of its HIMARS missiles.
Securing the entire western bank of the river will also allow Kiev to free up units for other attacks, possibly south of Zaporizhzhya to Melitopol and then from the east to Crimea.