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The old Soviet style ‘self-defence’… Even if you are decimated by artillery fire, ‘pay it forward’
Survivors of the Russian attack force reveal reality in a video message sent to Putin
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Correspondent Hwang Cheol-hwan = Front-line soldiers have revealed that the command in Russia is using old Soviet ‘barrier troops’ to prevent troops sent to the Ukrainian front from retreating.
According to the British Daily Guardian and others on the 27th (local time), a video was shared on the Russian Telegram channel on the 24th of about 20 men in military uniforms said to be survivors of a Russian army assault unit.
“We sat under mortar fire and field artillery for 14 days. 22 people were killed, including the commander, and 34 were wounded (out of a total of 161),” said Alexander Gorin, a soldier who appears in the video , entitled Message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. .
Accordingly, the unit decided to retreat, but the senior officer said it was not allowed.
Gorin condemned: “They placed one unit behind us and prevented us from displacing. They threatened to dispose of us individually or in units. They wanted to execute us as witnesses to criminal misconduct.”
It was mainly used in pre-modern wars when it was difficult to expect soldiers to go into battle voluntarily, but Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union operated such units until the Second World War World and gain fame.
The survivors of the raiding party complained that they were sent to the front line if they did not pay their commanders. One soldier named Sergei Moldanov said, “Our commanders are a criminal organization. There is no other way to put it.”
The Guardian said it was trying to contact some of the soldiers who appeared in the video by confirming their identities, and secured evidence from three of them that they were in fact part of the attack force and that the content of the video was true
The Russian Ministry of Defense said in January this year that when it created an assault unit to take part in the winter offensive on Ukraine’s eastern front, it was “specifically designed to break through even the most complex and sophisticated defense zones of Ukraine.” Armed forces.”
Many of the strike members are said to be former soldiers who were involved in Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.
The Guardian pointed out that although it is known that the Russian army is suffering a serious loss of life on the eastern front of Ukraine, similar videos have been appearing in Russia since the beginning of this year.
The Russian army and the Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary company, provided tens of thousands of soldiers over two months to expand the occupied territory in the Donbass region (Donetsk, Luhansk) in Ukraine, pushing the front line to some extent , but it is generally evaluated that they did not achieve great results.
Meanwhile, Western intelligence officials estimate that the number of dead and wounded on the Russian side has risen to a maximum of 200,000. It is said to be the result of forcefully breaking through the Ukrainian defense line with numbers in a situation where training and morale are low and equipment is inadequate.
Because of these ‘don’t ask questions’ tactics, the British Ministry of Defense announced in November last year that the Russian army appeared to have already begun operating one unit, but the Russian government denied this.
At the end of the same year, President Putin even claimed that the Ukrainian army was operating a single unit and was “shooting its own soldiers in the back”.
Meanwhile, Russian media outlets reported on the 26th that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu dismissed the commander of the Eastern Military District, Rustam Muradov.
Last month, Muradov was known to have lost more than 100 tanks and armored vehicles in just three weeks by recklessly charging troops towards the small Donetsk town of Vuhledar, where the Ukrainian army had built a defensive line.
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