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Fear that Putin will send 130,000 new Russian conscripts during the Ukraine war

Vladimir Putin has previously warned that conscripts should not be sent to the front lines (Photo: AP / Getty)

An ‘unusually high’ number of conscripts has been signed by Vladimir Putin igniting fears thousands more Russian troops could be sent to Ukraine.

The Russian president last week signed about 134,500 new conscripts in the country’s army as part of the biennial draft.

A Western official said there was a “realistic” possibility that conscripts would be sent to Ukraine, in addition to troops currently in Georgia.

“The timing is similar to previous Spring designs, but we think it’s an unusually high number,” they said.

“We think there is a realistic possibility that these conscripts will be sent to Ukraine, even though the Russian Ministry of Defense has said that only professional soldiers will go to Ukraine.”

The official added: “Russia is re-deploying elements of the troops in Georgia to intensify the invasion of Ukraine.”

Russia has a two-year service, with one starting in April (Photo: Getty)

The move was apparently unplanned and indicative of the problems facing troops in Ukraine, she added.

Russia’s conscription began on Friday and will end on July 15, with men between 18 and 27 being drafted for a one-year military service tour.

Officials have said new recruits will not be sent to ‘hot spots’ or the front lines.

The Ministry of Defense previously acknowledged some were sent to Ukraine but added the officials’ responsibility would be punished.

After nearly six weeks of war, NATO estimates up to 15,000 Russian soldiers may have been killed in combat.

Ukraine claims that this number is now close to 20,000.

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Fear that Putin will send 130,000 new Russian conscripts during the Ukraine war

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