A Russian soldier loyal to Vladimir Putin’s government says the three months of combat in Ukraine seemed longer to him than the four years he served in the army in peacetime
A Russian fighter has gone public with his grievances about exhaustion and fighting conditions in eastern Ukraine as the war shows no signs of abating.
A soldier who fought near Kyiv, Kharkiv and is now in eastern Ukraine complained to the Guardian of his desperate exhaustion.
Andrei, who serves with the 37th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade based in Buryatia, Siberia, said he even contacted a lawyer to find out if his deployment to the front lines was even legal.
He also complained that he hadn’t seen his wife in months.
“I’ve been fighting in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, it’s been more than three months now,” Andrei said.
“It’s exhausting, my whole unit wants a break but our leadership has said they can’t replace us at the moment.”
Unconfirmed Ukrainian reports put Russia’s losses after three months of war at 1,300 tanks, over 3,000 armored vehicles, 600 pieces of artillery and almost 30,000 soldiers.
There were reports that Russia was finding it difficult to rotate its exhausted troops, and in another sign of defeat, the maximum draft age was abolished.
Michael Kofman and Rob Lee, in their new analysis of Russia’s armed capabilities, wrote that the Kremlin’s army is ill-equipped for “prolonged occupation or a grueling war of attrition that would require a large proportion of Russia’s ground forces, which is precisely what the conflict has.” found himself in it.”
They continued, “The Russian military does not have the numbers available to easily adjust or rotate forces when a significant portion of combat capability is committed in a war.”
Fighters from Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine also went public with their complaints about poor conditions
“Our personnel faced hunger and cold,” fighters from the Russian-controlled Donetsk 113th Regiment said in a video posted online.
They continued: “For a considerable period of time we were without material, medical or food support. Given our constant presence and the fact that there are people with chronic medical conditions and people with mental health issues among our workforce, there are many questions that are ignored by the supervisors at headquarters.”
Andrei said the three months of combat felt longer than the four years he served in the army in peacetime.
He said: “I’ve already contacted a lawyer online who told me that by law the General can keep us here until our contract expires, so there’s not much we can do.”
Another soldier loyal to President Vladimir Putin’s government said he believed their mobilization was unlawful and without a medical certificate.
Claiming to be serving in the Donetsk 107th Regiment, he said: “Over 90% have never fought before and seen a Kalashnikov for the first time. We were thrown to the front.”
The Russian death toll is mounting as the battle for Donbass rages on and Ukraine kills a war colonel every two days.
Britain’s Defense Ministry said Russia likely suffered “a similar death toll to that suffered by the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan” in the first three months of the war.
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