At least 21 newly mobilized soldiers were captured by Ukrainian forces near the town of Svatove. In a video, they claimed their commanders abandoned them as soon as how they came under enemy fire and were shot even by their own comrades
Dozens of Russian soldiers recently mobilized forces surrendered to Ukrainian troops in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, and denounced the poor conditions at the front and their lack of training, according to video images released by the kyiv army >.
At least 21 soldiers, mostly from Moscow and the Russian capital region, were captured by Ukrainian forces near the town of Svatove, the adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko announced on Monday., in a Telegram post.
The prisoners of war said they were “sent to their rightful death” without equipment or training < /b>and claimed that their commanders abandoned them as soon as they came under enemy fire.
“We did not eat or drink for three days. We sit in the drenched trenches,” said one of the prisoners about his experience at the front.
“[The Russians] are shooting at their own [troops]… We sat [in the trenches] for three days and our own [comrades] were shelling us,” he denounced. Friendly fire points to a failure in leadership and discipline.
“They will be cannon fodder”< /b>, said another soldier addressing his mobilized Russian comrades.
Russian soldiers who surrendered near Svatove. The men may be members of the 15th Regiment of the 27th Motorized Rifle Brigade from Moscow and the Moscow Region, which deployed to the front lines near Svatove in early October
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The recruits – most of them middle-aged – are some of the approximately 300,000 men mobilized by the Kremlin as of September.
The video and other photos of the men were also shared by Russian pro-war bloggers, who have become increasingly critical of the Kremlin's military strategy.
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The men in the video could be members of the 15th Regiment of the 27th Motorized Rifle Brigade from Moscow and the Moscow Region, which deployed to the front lines nearSvatovein early October, according to the US think tank Institute for the Study of War.
According to the Ukrainian armed forces, the Russian battalion surrendered to the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade, one of the best trained and equipped units in the Ukrainian army.
The regiment, according to the expert group, consisted of newly mobilized servicemen who were sent into combat without training.
According to the Ukrainian armed forces , the Russian battalion surrendered to the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade, one of the best trained and equipped units in the Ukrainian army.
The brigade has two battalions of T-64 tanks and three infantry battalions in the new BTR-4 wheeled combat vehicles, in addition to artillery, engineers, air defenders and support troops. Each battalion has about 40 armored vehicles and 400 soldiers.
New Ukrainian counteroffensive in the east
The 92nd and its sister unit, the 93rd Mechanized Brigade, were in the vanguard when the Ukrainian Army launched its eastern counteroffensive in early September. The 93rd has withstood repeated attacks by Russian mercenaries near the city of Bakhmut. Meanwhile, the 92nd is closing in on Svatove.
The city of Svatove, occupied by Russia since March 6, is one of the key logistics centers of the Russian army in this occupied part of the Lugansk region.
Ukrainian forces are advancing from the south, mainly along the axis parallel to the highway Svatove-Kreminna, and the road through Nevske.
“We will not talk about specific locations, and we will leave it to the General Staff, but we can say that the Svatove road -Kreminna is practically under the control of Ukrainian forces,” the region's governor, Sergei Gaidai, said on national television last week.
The The fact that the 92nd Mechanized Brigade has maintained its rate of advance is yet another worrisome sign for the Russians. Ukrainian winters are often wet and muddy before turning cold and icy. Historically, mud slows down military operations, so Russian top brass hoped the Ukrainian counter-offensive would slow down.
However, the Ukrainian military seems not intent on taking the traditional winter break and give the Russians time to rest and readjust their depleted regiments.