Reservists receive blessing at military draft center

STORY: "I was expecting it was coming. I have a military background, it all matches, I'm under 35 years old", said Dmitry, one of the reservists. "Well, who (will go) if not us", he added.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilisation to help Russian forces fighting in what Moscow calls its "special military operation in Ukraine".

Protests against the call-up and Russia's actions in Ukraine have been seen in dozens of Russian cities.