Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said a Russian commander of the 13th Tank Regiment killed himself after realizing that 90% of his tanks weren’t working because they had been dismantled for cash
A Russian commander has killed himself after discovering his regiment’s tanks were inoperable after being dismantled for cash, Ukraine’s defense ministry has claimed.
The unconfirmed report by the Kyiv Ministry of Defense states that the unnamed commander of Russia The 13th Armored Regiment – part of the “4. Armored Division of the Russian Federation” – shot himself after realizing that 90% of his tanks were useless.
It is alleged that materials were stolen from the tanks, the reported Daily Star.
Bill Browder, a businessman who for many years was the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia, says financial corruption has crippled the Russian army.
“My estimate is that 80% of the military budget is stolen by Russia’s generals because 80% of all budgets in Russia are stolen by the officials responsible,” Browder said Wall Street Journal.
Agency Anadolu via Getty Images)
Because their wages are skimmed by their superiors, the base troops have to sell the fuel from their tanks on the black market to supplement their income.
Ukraine ‘s Ministry of Defense said in a Telegram bulletin that some of the tanks’ vital electronics, which contain gold and other precious metals, had been removed.
She claimed that Russia “is attempting to commission a significant amount of equipment from long-term storage” and that “the condition of this equipment is largely extremely unsatisfactory, making its full use impossible”.
Ukraine reportedly said that Russia’s plans to move equipment out of storage facilities and into battle failed because so much equipment was dismantled and sold by soldiers.
AFP via Getty Images)
The corruption comes from above, Browder says, with Russian leader Vladimir having personal fortune “north of $200 billion” hidden in secret bank accounts — often on behalf of his oligarch cronies.
But Putin’s incredible wealth could be stolen from him if he were deposed by a Kremlin rival.
“The moment he’s not in power, none of these handshake deals with the oligarchs will be respected,” he said.
Putin’s need to be perceived as a strongman in Russia sparked the invasion of Ukraine, Border claimed.
“Putin believed he needed a good war. And so the basic motivation for invading Ukraine was to remain in power,” he explained.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/russian-commander-shot-himself-finding-26579585 Russian commander 'shoots himself after realizing 90% of his tanks aren't working' - World News