Russian President Vladimir Putin called fellow citizens taking part in a special military operation in Ukraine real men. He expressed this opinion during a meeting with disabled people and representatives of public organizations, which takes place via videoconference. The Kremlin’s press service is broadcasting the event live on its Telegram channel.

“These people — real men, defenders of our country, our heroes — valiantly performed their duty with honor. Now our task is to fulfill our duty to them,” the head of state said.

Russia’s special operation in Ukraine began on February 24. According to the President, this is how Moscow responded to requests for help from the republics of Donbass.

On September 21, Russia announced the beginning of partial mobilization. The head of the Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, reported that 300 thousand people would be called into the ranks of the Armed Forces.