Gunman fires at draft office in Russia amid growing anger over Putin's mobilization

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According to Neil Melvin, the director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based military think tank, the mobilization order has broken Putin’s implicit social contract with the Russian society in which the population ignored the war in Ukraine as long as the conflict did not directly affect them. The growing outpouring of discontent in dozens of cities since then is a direct response to that, he said. “I’m very sceptical that this mobilization will improve Russia’s fighting ability,” Melvin added. “These are people who will have very low motivation to fight in the war.”