MOSCOW, Sept 20 -
Russia's parliament on Tuesday approved a bill to toughen punishments for a host of crimes
such as desertion,
damage to military property
and insubordination if they are committed during military mobilisation or combat situations.
The bill, passed in its second and third readings on Tuesday
by the lower house of parliament, the Duma, comes amid debate inside Russia
about a possible mobilisation,
a step which could significantly escalate the conflict in Ukraine!!!!