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TASS: Russian troops in Ukraine eligible for free sperm freezing

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Russian soldiers who have been mobilised to fight in Ukraine will be able to have their sperm preserved for free in cryobanks, according to TASS, the country’s state-run news agency.

On Wednesday, TASS reported that the Russian health ministry had reacted to a petition for budgetary aid from Russian Union of Lawyers chairman Igor Trunov so that military personnel may receive medical care.

Trunov added that the ministry “evaluated the potential of financial support from the federal budget for free conservation and preservation of germ cells (spermatozoa) for citizens mobilised to engage in the special military operation for 2022-2024.”

Russia has called up over 300,000 reservists to continue its grinding war effort in Ukraine after many defeats and setbacks in its invasion of Ukraine.

According to the BBC’s Russian correspondent Steve Rosenberg, rumours of a surge in sperm freezing began circulating in October after the Russian newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets reported that demand had increased after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilisation to support the war in Ukraine.

In the past, our regulars tended to be those who suffered from long-term conditions. Now, “healthy men freeze their sperm, in case something happens to them so that they can have the guaranteed possibility to become fathers,” as reported by the newspaper and referenced by Rosenberg.

In November, US General Mark Milley estimated that since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February, over 100,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded. He added that the Kyivan armed forces “probably” had sustained the same number of casualties.

Protests against the Kremlin and mass emigration of young men to evade conscription were both results of Moscow’s mobilisation campaign.

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