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Maybe a night in second place was the wake-up call the Mets needed.

Or maybe it was just a trip to face the lowly Marlins in Miami that got Buck Showalter’s club back on track.

After waking up on Saturday morning looking up at the red-hot Atlanta Braves in the NL East for the first time all season, the Mets used back-to-back dominant performances to finish off this road trip back atop the division.

Taijuan Walker followed up Carlos Carrasco’s six-inning gem from Saturday with seven strong innings of his own and the Mets offense continued to crush Marlins pitching in a 9-3 matinee win.

In Saturday’s 11-3 romp, the big blast was Mark Canha’s first career grand slam as part of an eight-run fourth inning. All told, five players recorded multiple hits. The bats were still hot on Sunday as Brandon Nimmo got things started with a three-run homer to right center to give the Amazin’s a quick 3-0 lead in the second inning.

Tomas Nido plated a pair of runs in the fifth on a double to left to stretch the lead to 7-1. He then added his first homer of the season in the ninth to cap the offensive fireworks.

Eduardo Escobar also kept up his torrid home run pace as he hit his fifth homer in his last nine games, also with a ninth-inning blast.

That was more than enough offense for Walker as he struck out 10 and allowed just one run on five hits.

With Sunday’s win, the Mets finished 7-2 against the Marlins on the road this season and went 4-2 on this trip through Pittsburgh and Miami.

The Braves will look to pull back within a half game with a win against the Mariners later Sunday afternoon.

Showalter’s club now returns to Citi Field to start a seven-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates, two terrible teams just playing out the string.

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Welcome to The Top 25, a weekly rundown of the best of college football.

Each week, The Baltimore Sun will break down the top games, players and teams to watch, from the Power Five to the Group of Five. Here’s what to know for Week 5:

5 games to watch

No. 7 Kentucky at No. 14 Ole Miss (Saturday, noon, ESPN): While quarterbacks Will Levis and Jaxson Dart will deservedly get most of the attention, it might be the running backs who decide this one. Kentucky’s Chris Rodriguez, the leading returning rusher in the SEC, is back from his suspension, while Ole Miss’ Quinshon Judkins and Zach Evans look to continue their hot start after combining for nearly 800 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in the first four games.

No. 2 Alabama at No. 20 Arkansas (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS): The Razorbacks were a fumble at the goal line away from beating Texas A&M and staying undefeated. They’ll have to regroup quickly against an Alabama team that is rounding into form after an early-season scare against Texas.

No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 16 Baylor (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Fox): The rematch of last year’s Big 12 championship game unsurprisingly has big implications for the conference title race. The Cowboys are coming off a bye and looking for revenge after last year’s title hopes ended just inches short of the goal line in a 21-16 loss to the Bears.

No. 22 Wake Forest at No. 23 Florida State (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC): The Seminoles are off to an impressive 4-0 start under coach Mike Norvell, but they haven’t faced an offense quite like Wake Forest’s. The Demon Deacons scored 45 points in a double-overtime loss to Clemson as quarterback Sam Hartman threw an ACC-record six touchdown passes.

No. 10 NC State at No. 5 Clemson (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ABC): This is an inflection point for NC State, which has a chance to prove its lofty preseason ranking was justified. Clemson’s offense looks much improved behind quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei and should test a Wolfpack defense that ranks eighth in ESPN’s SP+, a tempo- and opponent-adjusted measure of efficiency.

5 players to watch

Iowa LB Jack Campbell (vs. No. 4 Michigan): The senior is not only a reliable run defender, but excellent in pass coverage, allowing only 39 yards on nine targets this season, according to Pro Football Focus. If he can help shut down Michigan’s offense, Iowa might have a chance.

Mississippi State QB Will Rogers (vs. No. 17 Texas A&M): The junior has taken full command of coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense, leading the country in touchdown passes (16) and ranking second in passing yards (1,386). How he handles one of the country’s best defenses will decide this game.

California RB Jaydn Ott (at Washington State): The true freshman broke out in a 49-31 win over Arizona, rushing for 274 yards — the third most in school history — and three touchdowns. The former four-star recruit chose Cal over top programs like Oregon, Southern California and BYU, giving the Golden Bears one of their most exciting players in years.

Navy QB Tai Lavatai (at Air Force): Lavatai delivered with his arm in a 23-20 double-overtime win over East Carolina, completing seven of 10 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. He might need to connect on a few more deep passes to beat rival Air Force, which has scored 40 or more points in its three wins.

Oregon State TE Luke Musgrave (at No. 12 Utah): The 6-foot-6, 250-pound junior already has 11 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown this season, perhaps drawing the attention of NFL scouts. He’s an important part of the Beavers’ ascension under coach Jonathan Smith.

5 big underdogs who could keep it close

Northwestern (+26.5) at No. 11 Penn State: After losses to FCS Southern Illinois and Miami-Ohio, the Wildcats look like one of the worst teams in the Power Five. But Penn State has occasionally struggled as big favorites under coach James Franklin, including last year’s nine-overtime loss to Illinois.

Rutgers (+40) at No. 3 Ohio State: The Scarlet Knights are 3-1 and only gave up 27 points to Iowa because of two defensive touchdowns. The Buckeyes’ offense looks unstoppable, but Rutgers’ defense ranks 32nd in SP+ and could hold its own.

Stanford (+17) at No. 13 Oregon: The Ducks have scored 40 points or more in their last three games and the Cardinal have allowed 40 or more in two straight, but this is usually a close fight. Stanford has won four of the past six meetings, including an upset of No. 3 Oregon last season.

Navy (+14) at Air Force: The service academy rivalry games are always unpredictable. The Midshipmen have lost by a combined 53 points in the past two meetings, but this is a desperate Navy team looking to turn its season around.

Georgia Southern (+10.5) at Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers are 4-0 but have not been nearly as dominant as expected. The Eagles have found immediate success behind Buffalo transfer quarterback Kyle Vantrease and could take advantage of Coastal’s soft defense.

5 stats leaders you should know

Passing yards: Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. (1,388)

The Indiana transfer has thrown for at least 300 yards in all four starts, including 397 in a win over Michigan State.

Rushing yards: Illinois RB Chase Brown (604)

Brown has at least 100 yards in every game this season while averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

Receiving yards: SMU WR Rashee Rice (565)

Rice is averaging 141.3 yards per game and has caught a touchdown pass in three of four games.

Touchdowns: Michigan RB Blake Corum (9)

The former St. Frances Academy star is averaging 7.5 yards per carry and has scored at least one touchdown in all four games.

Sacks: Michigan State LB Jacoby Windmon and Arkansas LB Drew Sanders (5 1/2)

Windmon had four sacks in the season opener, while Sanders has recorded at least half a sack in all four games.

Projected top 5 picks in 2023 NFL draft

Note: The draft order is determined by ESPN’s Football Power Index projections.

1. Houston Texans: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Davis Mills has outperformed expectations for a third-round pick, but he’s not the long-term answer. Stroud is once again putting up huge numbers and showing the ability to make high-level throws.

2. Seattle Seahawks: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Levis’ combination of arm strength and rushing ability will vault him up draft boards come the spring. Geno Smith has done an admirable job as the starter, but it’s hard to see Seattle passing on a quarterback if they pick this high.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

If Anderson lands in Pittsburgh to pair with reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt, you’re looking at the best pass-rushing duo in the league.

4. New York Jets: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

With Mekhi Becton missing another season due to injury and George Fant in the final year of his deal, the Jets need help at tackle. Skoronski hasn’t allowed a single pressure on 155 pass-blocking snaps this season, according to PFF.

5. Atlanta Falcons: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

Carter was perhaps the best defensive lineman on a 2021 national championship team that included first-round picks Travon Walker and Jordan Davis. He’d form a fearsome tandem with Grady Jarrett in the middle of the Falcons’ defense.

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Q: In the summers of 2006, ‘09, ‘13, ‘17, ‘18 and ‘20 the Heat tried this exact same recipe and the following seasons all were disappointing. – Mayne.

A: First, I would toss aside a few of those as mere common sense. In 2006 and ‘13, the Heat were coming off championships. Few teams meddle with such mixes, even with those rosters aging and showing signs of fatigue. Similarly, the Heat in 2020 were coming off an appearance in the NBA Finals and had the shortest offseason ever to turn it around amid the pandemic-altered schedule. As for 2009, the goal from the start there was to preserve every last cent of cap space for what ultimately would prove to be the 2010 offseason haul of the Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. So what we’re really talking about as a means of comparison are the 2017 and ‘18 offseasons. Remember, in 2017 the Heat were coming off a 30-11 finish to the previous season (after an 11-30 start). Exactly how many teams would shake things up after playing at a .731 clip for half of a season? Fool’s gold? Perhaps. But the approach certainly was reasonable. And to their credit, by the end of 2018-19, the Heat recognized that it was time to move on, with the major acquisition of Jimmy Butler to follow in the ensuing offseason. This time around? Again, it comes after closing success, standing within one game of the NBA Finals. The difference this time around is I believe the Heat continue to look for an upgrade, which is why they poked around with Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell during the offseason and why they have retained their prime trade chips for something potentially significant during the course of the season. In this case, it’s more of a waiting game than a declaration that this will be as good as it gets.

Q: Why not just name starters now so players can prepare for their roles? – Evan.

A: First, it’s never quite as simple as having a single, set starting lineup. Injuries and absences make that practically impossible. Last season, the Heat had 23 starting lineups, with 16 players starting at least one game. Plus, matchups matter. For example, when the Heat open their preseason Tuesday at FTX Arena against the visiting Timberwolves, it will be against a team that will start Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns during the regular season. Such a matchup might call for a bigger starting power rotation than in other games where opponents play small. Plus, Erik Spoelstra typically has remixed his rotations by season’s end. So what camp is about is preparing everybody for everything.

Q: Tyler Herro is better than R.J. Barrett. He should, for sure, have signed a contract by now. – Richard.

A: But an extension for Tyler Herro is about more than perceived value (both how he sees himself and how the Heat view the situation). It is about the fact that if/when signed to an extension, Tyler then would not be available to be placed in a trade for the balance of the season. So it likely comes down, just as much, to whether the Heat see a potential franchise-altering trade on the near horizon. To his credit, Tyler said he has not gotten caught up in the minutiae of the trade rules, merely focusing on his game.

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FORT WORTH, Texas — There’s something noticeably different at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth this year.

It’s not new uniforms or facilities. It’s the absence of something that accounts for what principal Oscar Ortiz calls a remarkable cultural shift.

There are no cellphones in use during the school day.

Students are required to keep them in backpacks inside their lockers.

If students are caught using their phones, the devices are confiscated and must be retrieved by a parent or guardian after a small fine is paid.

To a home-schooling parent like me, this doesn’t seem a novel or even particularly harsh policy.

Aren’t smartphones almost always prohibited in places of learning?

According to federal data, close to 77 percent of schools in the U.S. reportedly ban cellphone use in schools.

But practice looks different than policy.

Before this year, Nolan had a no-cellphone policy in place. But as Ortiz explained, when such policies don’t take into account what that means for teachers in the classroom, they are difficult to enforce and make other rules seem arbitrary.

That isn’t just the case at Nolan.

A friend who has taught at an area public school for nearly a decade laughed when I asked about his experience with cellphones in the classroom.

The school had a policy, he said, but kids were on their phones anyway and there was nothing he could do about it.

“I would teach to the two or three students who actually came to learn,” he said.

Ortiz, though, has seen previous cellphone policies implemented successfully. At Nolan, he wanted to be intentional about “creating a space where children can learn the right way,” free from distraction.

Thus far, this more robust policy seems to be working.

Ortiz estimates the school has minimized cell phone use by 85%-90%.

In the first seven weeks of school, teachers and administrators have collected only 12 devices, compared to last year’s 12-15 a day.

Device denial is a difficult adjustment at first, but teachers report that students are already more engaged, livelier and more attentive.

But what’s truly extraordinary about the policy is the effect it’s had on student culture.

“For the first time in a long time, (the students) can actually have friendships again,” Ortiz said. “Real conversations in the hallways and lunch rooms. Real human interactions.”

It seems that when kids are allowed to use their devices during the school day, they ambulate the hallways like extras on the set of “The Walking Dead,” barely lifting their eyes, never acknowledging each other.

Now, they greet adults in the hallway.

Even their posture has changed. Now, they look up.

Parents are reporting that the positive behavioral changes extend beyond the classroom and into the home, Ortiz said. Family dinners are more engaging. Conversations are more frequent. Cell phone use in the home is now comparatively minimal.

It’s a throwback to a simpler time, before the ubiquity of smartphones changed the way we interact with the world around us, frequently for the worse.

There is a bounty of data which suggests that smartphone use — social media apps in particular — is a primary factor driving teenage anxiety and depression.

Smartphones allow for constant communication, but they also expose kids to a litany of vices and dangers, from prolific online pornography and sexting to cyberbullying and online predators.

Being off their phones during the school day won’t eliminate those dangers, but it certainly reduces the number of opportunities for kids to be exposed to them.

“Most schools are already dealing with issues regarding porn and (cyber) bullying,” Ortiz said. “We have not this year.”

Protecting kids from online dangers, keeping them focused on academic work and allowing them the freedom to “be kids again” without the sense that every interaction could end up circulating through school in a social media post — all are positive outcomes of cell phone policies like Nolan’s.

But for Nolan, which is a Catholic institution, the cell phone policy also serves a higher purpose. It creates an atmosphere conducive to pursuing what is true, beautiful and good.

“We don’t want our children changing their behavior only due to external factors,” Ortiz said.

Prohibitions help reduce distractions, but motivating kids to want to do good for its own sake takes something a bit more, something a bit harder to pinpoint.

But if Nolan’s cell phone policy success is any indicator, the school is well on its way to achieving that goal.

Cynthia M. Allen is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Her email address is [email protected]

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As Paris was locked down for Passover, a rabbi began holding weekly Zoom chats about Jewish texts. Thousands of people tuned in to hear his thoughts on death. “He’s my rabbi,” said an atheist.

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In the seconds after Marcus Peters cradled the ball within inches of the sideline, Kyle Hamilton let loose a roar from deep inside. A “primordial scream” Ravens coach John Harbaugh called it.

Hamilton had spent the previous week answering for his football sins, mental and physical, in a Week 2 collapse against the Miami Dolphins. When the rookie safety saw New England Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor break free on a potential go-ahead scoring drive in Week 3, he knew he could not let it happen again. So Hamilton chased Agholor down, and with a violent swipe of his arm punched the ball Peters’ way. It turned out to be the decisive blow in a hard-fought 37-26 road victory.

“That’s a play not too many people make,” Harbaugh said a day later.

If Hamilton, the first player selected in the Ravens’ 11-member draft class, goes on to a decorated career in Baltimore, this forced fumble might go down as his opening statement. It was a loud moment in a collective story that’s gaining momentum as Ravens rookies leap into the deep end of the pool a few weeks into their NFL careers.

Center Tyler Linderbaum, defensive tackle Travis Jones, offensive tackle Daniel Faalele and punter Jordan Stout could all start Sunday against the mighty Buffalo Bills, with Hamilton, tight end Isaiah Likely and cornerback Damarion “Pepe” Williams also expected to play significant roles. Cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis could also play, though he was pulled after a rough start against the Patriots. Only injured outside linebacker David Ojabo and tight end Charlie Kolar and practice squad running back Tyler Badie will not factor in the Ravens’ game-day calculus.

If the Ravens build on their promising start and return to the playoffs with serious ambitions for the Super Bowl, first-year players will carry a significant load. The team’s decision-makers saw this 2022 draft class, which included two first-round picks and six fourth-round picks, as a major part of their plan for building a roster around quarterback Lamar Jackson, who’s about to become very expensive. But the process has accelerated more quickly than they could have anticipated because of injuries to veterans such as left tackle Patrick Mekari (ankle), nose tackle Michael Pierce (torn biceps) and cornerback Kyle Fuller (torn ACL).

Faalele, for example, had not played a single snap at left tackle at Minnesota and was regarded as a developmental prospect — albeit a historically massive one at 6-foot-8, 380 pounds — on the other side of the offensive line. On Sunday, he suddenly found himself protecting Jackson’s blind side against a Bill Belichick-coached defense.

His afternoon did not start out well. Twice on Faalele’s first two series, Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. whipped around his left shoulder as if the rookie was stuck in concrete. Jackson seemed in peril, as did an offense that had been humming around him.

“It was definitely a different experience — baptism by fire,” a grinning Faalele said Wednesday.

So he practiced his sets on the sideline, trying to redial his perspective so he would be in tune with Jackson’s silent snap count and feel as comfortable on the left side as he had on the right. He’s a calm guy by nature, and by the start of the second half, he looked like a different player, one prepared to keep his quarterback off the ground.

“He hasn’t had snaps at left tackle; he’s been a right tackle all his life,” Jackson said. “And for him to get in and do an amazing job like that, when we need him, where it counts, it’s tremendous to see.”

“Yes, I feel calm,” Faalele said, looking ahead to a possible start against the Bills and the great Von Miller. “Especially when we prepare as much as we do here. I feel like I’ve seen every situation. I feel good about going against everything. I trust my teammates and my coaches. I am a calm person because of that.”

Faalele had at least played in an NFL game. Jones, the 6-4, 334-pound powerhouse from the University of Connecticut, missed the first two weeks as he recovered from a knee injury suffered in the preseason. He was active for the first time Sunday. Then Pierce tore his biceps, and Jones had to step in for 29 snaps. He made just one assisted tackle but looked like he belonged.

“Travis Jones played great,” veteran defensive tackle Calais Campbell said. “He’s a talented guy. His biggest thing is going to be experience. It’s not going to take him long; I think he’s just so gifted, and he’s going to make a lot of plays. But he’s going to get a whole lot better and in a hurry, hopefully. Obviously, there is going to be mistakes — everybody makes them; even 15-year vets make them — but he makes them big [in] the right way. If he doesn’t know what he’s doing, he blows stuff up, which you can appreciate.”

Likely received the most hype of all the rookies going into the season because of his steady stream of highlight catches in training camp and his overpowering performance in the Ravens’ second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. His introduction to the regular season proved rougher. He caught none of the four passes thrown his way and committed a holding penalty in the opener. After he bounced back with four catches in Week 2, he hurt his groin and caught just one pass for 8 yards against the Patriots.

“We’re throwing a lot at him; there’s a lot on his plate,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “He’s had to do some dirty work as a young rookie in some of these games, but there’s nothing but a bright future for him in every sense.”

The team’s No. 3 cornerback spot has been the busiest center of rookie activity thanks to the season-ending knee injury Fuller suffered and more temporary health setbacks for starters Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey. Armour-Davis played 38 defensive snaps in Week 2, suffering his share of coverage defeats, and lasted for just nine against the Patriots after he allowed a pair of big gains by DeVante Parker. Williams, picked 22 slots after Armour-Davis in the spring, was beaten on Agholor’s crossing route that ended with Hamilton’s forced fumble. But he has generally played more consistently than his rookie classmate and now seems the likeliest candidate to play with Peters and Humphrey going forward.

CBS NFL analyst Charles Davis said the hiccups in the Ravens secondary — their pass defense is ranked last in the league, just like it was last season — are inevitable given injuries and the inexperience of players such as Armour-Davis, Williams and Hamilton.

“Younger players equal more mistakes. I don’t care who they are, where they come from, what their pedigree is,” he said. “You’re learning on the fly. You’re learning at a faster rate of speed. You’re learning against guys who are going to make bigger plays against you than 99% of the guys you faced in college. … They’ll evolve. They’ll learn. They’ll grow. If we talk about this in about six weeks, I don’t think we’ll see the same errors.”

Conversely, Linderbaum has been the source of zero drama, at least since he returned from a foot injury that kept him out for part of the preseason. The Ravens expected their second first-round pick to start from Day 1, and he has done just that. Despite a few rough pass-protection snaps against New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams in Week 1, Pro Football Focus graded Linderbaum the seventh best center in the league through three weeks. Like any standout offensive lineman, he’s good enough that we rarely talk about him.

Asked if his new center plays with acumen that belies his years, Jackson said: “He does. We watched film, and he was doing things — passing off blocks, going to the next ’backers, to the safeties. He was looking like a pro. You’ve got to watch the film; I can’t even describe how intense it was out there for him and how high he was performing. It looked incredible — just to see a rookie out there doing what he’s doing. It looks like he’s been here before.”

Hamilton, the first name the Ravens called in the draft, has taken more grief from fans than the rest of his classmates because of obvious mistakes in the preseason and the loss to Miami. He played just 16 defensive snaps against the Patriots, down from 38 the week before, but made the most of them, contributing to the Ravens’ excellent performance out of their dime packages and forcing the decisive fumble from Agholor.

Pro Football Focus graded Hamilton the seventh-best safety in the league through three weeks, and though that’s misleading, given that teammates Chuck Clark and Marcus Williams play every snap while he does not, he’s making a positive impact, critics be damned.

“Obviously, [he] had a learning experience the week before, as a lot of young guys did and do, especially on the back end,” Harbaugh said. “So, he worked hard all week, he had a sense of urgency to try to become a little bit better of a player this week than he was last week, and he became a much better player. To see him come up and make that play in that critical moment was kind of a reward for that.”

Asked to grade himself, Hamilton said his performance against the Patriots was his most consistent to date. “I’ve just got to stack them now,” he added. “Five games from now, we’ll probably forget this even happened.”

Spoken like a young veteran.

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A senior Russian officer reportedly had his face shattered in a scuffle with furious conscripts after telling them their lives were going to be wasted on the front lines in Ukraine.

The mobilized recruits turned against the Russian lieutenant colonel after he said bluntly: “You are all cannon fodder, you are going to be slaughtered”.

The high-ranking officer had his face ‘smashed’ and facial bones shattered in a fight in which ‘everyone of them was drunk’, according to reports.

Many reservists – among hundreds of thousands thrown into the war under a decree by Vladimir Putin – were left devastated after learning they would die at the front.

However, the commander was probably right that Putin’s appeal will lead to mass deaths of untrained reservists sent to the front.

This is just the latest story of chaos, fighting and drunkenness among newly mobilized Russian conscripts, with reports that many have been sent to the front with little or no training while being told to buy their own supplies and equipment.

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A senior Russian officer reportedly had his face shattered in a scuffle with furious conscripts after he told them their lives would be thrown on the front lines in Ukraine -MailOnline have been unable to verify whether these images capture the moment

The Scuffle Took Place At Moscow's Rubin Sports Palace In The Russian Town Of Penza, Where The Men Were Stationed In A Makeshift Barracks Before Being Sent To Fight In Ukraine.

The Scuffle Took Place At Moscow's Rubin Sports Palace In The Russian Town Of Penza, Where The Men Were Stationed In A Makeshift Barracks Before Being Sent To Fight In Ukraine.

The scuffle took place at Moscow’s Rubin Sports Palace in the Russian town of Penza, where the men were stationed in a makeshift barracks before being sent to fight in Ukraine.

After A Counteroffensive By Ukraine This Month Caused Heavy Setbacks For Moscow's Forces On The Battlefield, Putin Called On 300,000 Reservists To Join The Fight.

After A Counteroffensive By Ukraine This Month Caused Heavy Setbacks For Moscow's Forces On The Battlefield, Putin Called On 300,000 Reservists To Join The Fight.

After a counteroffensive by Ukraine this month caused heavy setbacks for Moscow’s forces on the battlefield, Putin called on 300,000 reservists to join the fight.

Russian officers – often conscripts themselves – advised new recruits to bring their own sleeping bags, tourniquets, medicine and mats.

Video shows a punch, but it’s unclear if it was the scuffle in which the officer was punched in the face, or just another scuffle between disgruntled grunts.

The recruits turned to the senior officer at the Rubin Palace of Sports in the Russian city of Penza, where the men were stationed in a makeshift barracks before being sent to fight in Ukraine.

Later reports said the face of the unnamed lieutenant colonel was “all shattered” with broken bones.

The brother of a conscript said: ‘My brother messaged me just now.

‘There was a lieutenant-colonel walking among [the newly-mobilised]telling them: “You are all cannon fodder, you are going to be massacred”.

“There was a fight, the Colonel’s face was shattered.

“They could barely separate them. A person fell ill [after the cannon cannon fodder threat].

“Two ambulances rushed there within an hour. Many people felt sick, many were in tears.

“One tried to escape, they caught him. It’s a fucking nightmare what’s going on there.

‘There were 1,080 people there now, in Rubin [sports palace]. They will end up in knife fights, it’s a complete mess there.

“They are all drunk. Each of them.’

Meanwhile, another footage showed what appeared to be a female quartermaster talking to new recruits and advising them to bring tampons.

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A Russian soldier claiming to be already in a fox hole in Ukraine says he and his comrade (right) have been left without food or water and are bombarded

Sanitary products can be used to plug gunshot wounds and stop bleeding in the absence of a medical kit, the woman tells new recruits.

“They won’t give it to us?” asks one of the new recruits.

“It’s all up to us boys,” the woman shouts back. “You will receive a uniform and armor, nothing else.”

Yet other videos have emerged showing a newly recruited tank commander who was told he would deploy to the Kherson front line in just two days without even firing a shot at a training range.

Other footage shows two soldiers sitting in a field in Ukraine complaining that they were abandoned by their commanders without food or water, and that they had better fight for the other side.

These are just the latest examples of poor morale and preparedness in Russian ranks after Putin’s army was exhausted in seven months of war in Ukraine.

In images posted online, the tank commander says: “Officials told us that there would be no training before we were sent to the conflict zone.

Our commander has officially confirmed that we will be sent to Kherson on September 29. Make your own decisions on what to do with this moving forward…

“There was no training – no shooting, no theory training…nothing. F***.’

Mark Krutov, a journalist with Radio Free Europe, managed to track down the commander and confirmed that he was in a barracks called Kalininets in Moscow.

The man said he was a night shift worker from Moscow who was sleeping at home when soldiers knocked on his door and ordered him to the front.

Asked to elaborate on his complaints, he replied, “I can’t speak now, things have changed drastically, hopefully for the better”, and lost contact.

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A newly enlisted Russian tank commander complains that he and his crew were told they would deploy to Kherson within two days of not receiving any training

Meanwhile, other footage showed two men claiming to be Russian soldiers sitting in a foxhole in a forest, allegedly in Ukraine.

“We are here in the forest,” the man says to the camera as his comrade sits behind him.

“We were just shelled, they hit us from meters away. We were left in the forest… Like cannon fodder sent to the fucking forest.

‘What [are our commanders] mess with this army that just doesn’t work? It’s worse than working in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

‘F***ing f***ers… And none of our team commanders are here, they all fucked up, they were the first to go. Now it’s just us, the “entrepreneurs”.

“There’s nothing on our machines, no supplies, no electronics. No binoculars, no thermal cameras, nothing at all. Machine gun and ammunition. And the bayonet. But there’s nothing screwed up Here we sit, waiting. Let’s see what will happen.

“At night, we sit on the battlefield, in the front line. It’s just across the field. Those bastards left us with no fucking water. No food. Let’s see what will happen next.

In an attempt to solve Russia’s chronic manpower problem, Putin ordered what he called the “partial mobilization” of Russian military reserves on September 21.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of men have been rushed to military bases where they have been hastily outfitted and given minimal training before being rushed onto the battlefield.

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