British defense experts believe that many Russian soldiers are being forced to serve in Ukraine with “serious” health problems, and that forces under fire digging trenches have likely suffered “particularly high casualties”.
Two months after President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization”, the UK Ministry of Defense said the “common issues” facing mobilized Russian reservists are emerging. They are often deployed with “insufficient” training, a lack of personal equipment and a determination to carry out extremely difficult combat missions.
An updated ministry summary says the Kremlin is likely to be concerned that more families are willing to risk arrest and protest the conditions their loved ones face during the war. Most of the mobilized have served before, “many examples” show that it is very likely that their state of health was not “properly controlled”. “Many are forced to serve with serious chronic illnesses,” the updated summary reads.
He also said many of those mobilized were likely killed when artillery fire dug trench systems near the town of Svatov in the Luhansk region. In addition, a “large number” of mobilized soldiers were killed during the attack on well-fortified Ukrainian defense areas in the Donetsk region, around the town of Bakhmut.
Source: The Delfi