Russia Accused Of Sending Unarmed 18yos Into Battle

A Russian soldier has claimed that Moscow is endangering the lives of youngsters by sending them to the battlefront in Ukraine without sufficient supplies or weapons.

Russia has allegedly lost at least 313,470 troops since the beginning of its invasion on February 24, 2022, according to a Facebook post by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Tuesday. The casualty numbers stated by both Ukraine and other parties have not been independently confirmed.

There have been several stories of poorly trained Russian soldiers being sent to war with no weapons or ammo and losing their lives.

Ukrainian internal affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko uploaded a video on X on Tuesday. The video depicts an anonymous soldier expressing worry about young troops being sent to Ukraine without appropriate training or equipment. The soldier regrets that these “18-year-old youngsters” are being placed in harm’s way.

Gerashchenko said the film is dedicated to the men of the Kamchatka Battalion who are simply deployed to be warm bodies. Untrained teenagers of 18 have perished due to a scarcity of ammo. They don’t even fire weapons because they have no bullets. They were sent to battle with nothing. Killings and injuries occur daily. Tragically, lives are being lost. Most people are untrained. No equipment.

The soldier laments that many of his fellow soldiers would soon die of starvation and exposure to the elements as a result of inadequate food and clothes in the coming winter.

Meanwhile, some of Russia’s losses near Avdiivka, the United States claims, were “on the instructions of their superiors.” Soldiers are being shot by their superiors for retreating.

Since mid-October, Russian and Ukrainian soldiers have been fighting fiercely over control of the frontline town.

It is estimated that Russia lost “substantial” ground during this period.

The United States claims that Russia lost “at least” 125 armored vehicles and more than a battalion’s worth of equipment in the Avdiivka battle, whereas Ukrainian estimates place the number of casualties at 5,000.