Hundreds of Russian soldiers mobilized in a southern region of the country protested against their poor living conditions and lack of military equipment, according to a video.
In the video, around 500 mobilized Russian soldiers in the Belgorod region rebelled against the military because of their unbearable living conditions and after receiving weapons dating back to the 1970s.
The soldiers were to be assigned to a military unit and forced to live “like cattle” for a week. They said they had to spend their own money to buy food and equipment.
The man who took the video, whose identity has not been released, also said many of them were humiliated by their commanding officers. Other men captured in the video also said the military had not provided them with helmets or armored vests for war.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a partial mobilization order in late September, several reports have pointed to a lack of equipment for mobilized soldiers.
For example, on September 27, video showed a military unit representative urging conscripts to buy hydrogen peroxide, tourniquets and tampons to cover wounds they might sustain on the battlefield.
According to a Telegram post, Russia’s military registration and enlistment offices have also issued a list of items to take from conscripts to the front lines, including underwear, electrical tape, a bulletproof helmet and a bulletproof vest.
An independent Russian news agency, The Insider, also reported that it found a Telegram channel where the wives of mobilized Russians complained that they had to spend $2,500 to arm their husbands for the war in Ukraine.
Aside from a lack of equipment for those mobilized, the Russian military is also accused of sending troops into the war zone in Ukraine despite having received no prior military training.
“We were officially told there would be no training before we were sent to the war zone,” a newly mobilized Russian soldier said in a short video.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine began in February after Moscow launched its “military special operation”. Since then, Russia has lost 61,000 military personnel, according to estimates by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/around-500-russian-mobilized-soldiers-protest-cattle-living-conditions-weapons-70s-video-1839273?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Around 500 Russian mobilized soldiers protest against “cattle-like” living conditions and weapons from the 1970s [Video]