Many Russian soldiers are forced to serve in Ukraine with “serious” health problems, while those forced to build trenches under fire have likely suffered “particularly heavy casualties”, British defense experts say.
A number of “common themes” emerge in the experience of mobilized reservists from Moscow, according to the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD), with their deployment often characterized by “inadequate” training and personal equipment.
A defense intelligence update from the Defense Ministry suggests the Kremlin will likely be concerned that a growing number of families are willing to risk arrest while protesting the conditions their loved ones face in war time.
Most mobilized reservists have served before, he says, with “numerous examples” suggesting there is a good chance their medical condition is not being “adequately reviewed”.
“Many are forced to serve with serious chronic health conditions,” the update said.
It also suggests that there were likely “particularly heavy casualties” among those who engaged in digging “ambitious trench systems” while under heavy artillery fire around the town of Svatove, in the Luhansk region.
Meanwhile, reservists were killed in “large numbers” in frontal assaults on well-established Ukrainian defensive areas in the Donetsk region around the town of Bakhmut, the report said.
“Two months after President (Vladimir) Putin announced a ‘partial mobilization’, common themes are emerging in the experience of mobilized Russian reservists,” the update said.
“Their deployment is often characterized by confusion about eligibility for service, inadequate personal training and equipment, and engagement in highly attritional combat missions.
“Most – but not all – of mobilized reservists have served previously and there are many examples to suggest that reservists are most likely not having their medical conditions properly reviewed and that many are being forced to serve with serious chronic health conditions.
“Mobilized reservists most likely suffered particularly heavy casualties after committing to digging ambitious trench systems under artillery fire around the town of Svatove in Luhansk Oblast.
“In Donetsk Oblast, reservists were killed in large numbers during frontal assaults against well-established Ukrainian defensive areas around the town of Bakhmut.
“The Kremlin will likely be concerned that a growing number of families of reservists are willing to risk arrest by protesting the conditions in which their loved ones serve.”