‘Drop like flies’ – harsh realities for Russia’s conscript soldiers revealed in intercepted phone calls
intercepted conversations, published On the Ukrainian intelligence channel on YouTube on February 12, it revealed heavy casualties among Russian forces mobilized for the conflict in Ukraine. These discoveries paint a bleak picture of the circumstances he faces Russian soldiersIt is reported that many of them die even before they reach the Ukrainian border.
Mobilization of Russian soldiers They die even before they reach Ukraine. “People drop flies even before they get to Ukraine,” the girlfriend of a Russian soldier said in one of the intercepted calls.
The woman recounted a particularly disturbing incident where a soldier died during training, highlighting the risks recruits face. “The main thing is not Ukraine. They brought us (to our settlement) a dead man. He did not even reach Ukraine. He was killed during training,” she said.
The discussion also revealed horrific cases of violence and abuse within the ranks of the army, including hangings and assaults. She added: “There are a lot of cases like this. Someone was hanged, a man was raped.” Similar incidents confirm the desperate measures the Russian army has resorted to, including recruiting prisoners to increase its numbers.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported on December 8, 2023 that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were effectively neutralizing Russian forces at a rate similar to Russian recruitment efforts.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustam Omerov said on January 23 that the Russian offensive had killed more than 54,000 soldiers in about two months, with the Kremlin sacrificing about 400 soldiers for every square kilometer gained in Ukraine.
British intelligence estimated that, given the heavy losses it suffered, it could take Russia between five and ten years to reconfigure its military units to their previous levels of training and experience. This continued attrition highlights the severe impact of the conflict on Russian military capabilities and raises questions about the sustainability of their offensive efforts in Ukraine.
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