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The Associated Press has meanwhile reported of ongoing anti-war protests popping up in various locales across the country, particularly in large cities:
As protest calls circulated online, the Moscow prosecutor's office warned that organizing or participating in such actions could lead to up to 15 years in prison. Authorities issued similar warnings ahead of other protests recently. Wednesday's were the first nationwide anti-war protests since the fighting began in late February.
The state communication watchdog Roskomnadzor also warned media that access to their websites would be blocked for transmitting "false information" about the mobilization. It was unclear exactly what that meant.
Protests have been filmed in and around Moscow and St. Petersburg Wednesday night into Thursday, with hundreds of arrests reported...
One activist group was cited in The Guardian as saying of Putin's Wednesday speech and military order related to Ukraine mobilization, "It’s not a partial mobilization, it’s a 100% mobilization."
Men boarding buses in the Belgorod region after being handed their orders...