In a shocking revelation made by UK intelligence, more Russian soldiers are abandoning their positions as morale in the army reportedly plummeted. This is everything we know about the situation within the ranks.
Russians Refusing to Fight
Recent intelligence from the UK indicated that nearly 100 Russian soldiers faced convictions every week for refusing to engage in combat activities within Ukraine.
Reliable sources within the British intelligence community conveyed figures sourced from Mediazona, a prominent independent Russian news outlet known for its unbiased reporting.
The UK Ministry of Defence swiftly commented on the matter, highlighting that the overwhelming number of convictions “demonstrates the poor state of morale in the Russian Army and the reluctance of some elements to fight.”
Moscow’s Military Morale Low
A pattern had emerged – many soldiers were showing an increasing reluctance to participate in the ongoing conflict.
The UK Ministry of Defence did not mince words as it pointed to a broader issue that Russia was grappling with relating to struggles to motivate their soldiers to fight.
Despite doubling pay for various ranks in its military, Russia found itself struggling to attract new recruits.
On the surface, the military offers one of the most lucrative career paths, but the harsh realities of the battlefield are far from the dreams that are promised.
The allure of a well-paid military career faced a harsh reality check when faced with the sobering fatality rates on the frontlines.
As of March 2023, a disturbing trend emerged. Data from military courts, meticulously tracked by Mediazona, revealed an alarming surge in cases involving Russian soldiers absent without official leave (AWOL).
In a shocking revelation, two Russian soldiers were recently handed sentences requiring them to spend a minimum of two years within a penal colony, a separate location used to exile members of a population.
Disobeying Direct Orders
Their crime? Disobeying direct orders to return to the frontlines in Ukraine with UK officials swift to find the core reasons behind this trend.
The combination of inadequate training, lack of motivation, and the incredibly high-stress environment on the battlefield all contributed to the growing trend.
Behind the scenes, while some soldiers flat-out refused to engage, the Russian military’s attrition rates remained alarmingly high.
Hiring Foreign Mercenaries
The military, it seemed, compensated for these losses by pushing forward a significant number of inadequately trained soldiers to man the frontlines.
Desperate times called for desperate measures, and Russia’s recruitment tactics underwent a dramatic shift as the nation looked beyond its own citizens to fill the military’s ranks.
One shocking strategy involved enlisting the help of Central Asian migrant workers who were residing in Russia, with lucrative offers on the cards.
Ambitious Hiring Targets
As an added incentive, a substantial $5,200 sign-on bonus was offered to those hailing from neighboring Kazakhstan.
With the autumn of 2022 came the mobilization of an impressive 300,000 soldiers.
Moscow set an ambitious target of recruiting an additional 400,000 soldiers by December 2023.
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Source: Business Insider