Video footage of the incident showed a group of mobilised troops stood in strict formation as a parade of military vehicles rounded a courtyard. One soldier waved the Russian flag as the lead vehicle, a Soviet model of armoured fighting vehicle, cut the corner of the arena and clipped the soldier standing on the rear right of the last row. The man is knocked to the ground and disappears under the wheels of the Kremlin vehicle before reemerging in the path of a truck following behind. The soldier struggled to his feet and hobbled back into formation, appearing to clutch his stomach as his comrades rushed to his aid.
From another angle filmed at ground level, footage captures the exact moment the Russian soldier is struck by the armoured vehicle.
The graphic scene shows the man run over and trapped under the weight of the huge eight-wheel vehicle.
While some of the army recruits rush to help the injured man, other soldiers who witnessed their fellow serviceman get trampled, return to their formation, evidently flustered by the incident.
The startling footage has emerged after Vladimir Putin ordered the rapid partial mobilisation of 300,000 additional men to persist with the invasion of Ukraine.
The Kremlin’s partial mobilisation decree has come under much scrutiny from the civilian population within Russia and world leaders around the globe.
Citizens flooded major cities following the announcement with a wave of anti-war protests sparked by concerns that the mobilisation would likely be expanded in the near future.
Kremlin authorities responded by promptly detaining over 2,400 for their involvement in anti-war demonstrations in the week following President Putin’s declaration, according to Moscow-based human rights organisation OVD-Info.
Thousands more Russian civilians fled the nation in fear of the military call-up. The demand for one way flights out of the country spiked after Vladimir Putin confirmed an executive order for mobilisation had been signed.
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