“Dear Commander [Vladimir Poutine]We are soldiers mobilized from the Sverdlovsk regions and from Perm. Regiment number 1453, military unit 95395. We turn to you to clarify the actions of our command. » Published on Saturday March 11, the video is the latest in a long series. A dozen men stand in the open, their faces hidden by masks. One reads a letter – a long lament describing their misfortunes ahead.
Contrary to their promise to serve in “territorial security” units, these men from the Urals were transferred to the command of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) army and formed into assault units. They say that they had to attack the fortified Ukrainian positions of Avdivka. “Without reconnaissance and without coordination with other units”Without the necessary equipment, the DPR troops remained in the background. “There are unfair losses”Four people were killed and eighteen wounded during this single attack, the leader reads.
Faced with their demands, especially drones or binoculars, “Our platoon command is refusing dialogue and threatening to arrest us or transfer us to a private military company An obvious reference to Wagner militias, where those who refuse to fight are dealt with more quickly.
“We are not refusing to fulfill our mission in regional security, The speaker says, But we refuse to take unreasonable risks and fight tanks with automatic weapons. »
In a month, since February 6, fifteen such videos have been made public either directly or by their relatives. Calls for help are coming from all over Russia: Tuva, Samara, Tatarstan, Irkutsk, Bashkortostan, Maris-El Republic, Kaliningrad, Omsk, Mordovia, Orenburg, Krasnodar, Belgorod, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk …
This should also include the videos that the wives and mothers of these soldiers keep appearing.
From one address to another, filmed in the snow or sheltered in a basement, the message repeats itself. Complaints accumulated that, contrary to assurances and initial orders, they were sent on forward attacks without adequate equipment, without artillery support, and without possible dialogue with the authorities.
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