Chronic illness and lack of military experience do not protect Russians from deployment in Ukraine. Sometimes with deadly consequences: Many of the recruited reservists are already dead, according to British intelligence. The Kremlin is now concerned because of protests by relatives.
According to British intelligence estimates, a large number of conscripted reservists have fallen in the Ukrainian war after Russia’s partial mobilization. Many of those conscripted will be sent on dangerous missions despite chronic health conditions, the Defense Ministry said in a daily briefing. There is constant confusion about their respective military experience, training and equipment.
Especially in the Donetsk region around the city of Bakhmut, the British said that mobilized reservists probably died in large numbers. The same applies to the soldiers who had to dig the trench system in the Luhansk region under heavy artillery fire. The Kremlin must be concerned that more and more reservists’ families are protesting against the conditions in which their relatives are in prison, willing to be arrested for it if necessary.
Putin meets soldier’s mother
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the mother of a soldier fighting in Ukraine this Friday. According to the Moscow presidential office, her mother is both a career soldier and a conscript reserve. “On the eve of Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in Russia on the last Sunday in November, Vladimir Putin will meet with the mothers of soldiers participating in special military operations.”
Regarding the war against Ukraine, which began on February 24, the Russian leadership explained: Hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers have been sent to fight in Ukraine, including some of the more than 300,000 reservists called up as part of a mobilization announced by Putin in September.
US estimates put tens of thousands of soldiers wounded or dead on both sides. Ukraine has not disclosed its losses. Russia last announced on September 21 that 5,937 Russian soldiers had died. That number puts the number of Russian soldiers killed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense at 86,150, well below most international estimates.