The Guildhall agency, a Ukrainian news agency focused on Russia’s war against Ukraine, leaked photographs of personal statements written by Russian soldiers who participated in the military actions at the Ukrainian territory and returned to their home bases. Guildhall says the photos were given to it by a verified source. The personal statements are addressed to the commander of their military units and state that their authors refuse to go back to the area of combat operations in Ukraine.
The Guildhall news agency in Ukraine received personal statements written by soldiers and officers who reportedly belong to the 41st Combined Arms Army that deployed to Ukraine in full at the start of the invasion. The provided photos of the statements mention reasons for the soldiers’ reluctance to participate in the war, including an unwillingness to be used as “cannon fodder,” commanders’ failure to explain the reasons for the military operation in Ukraine, scarcity of technical means, and ammunition, communications failure within the chain of military command, and many others.
Sergeant Sapar M. Mirapov wrote in his personal statement to the commander of the Military Unit #61899:
“… I hereby report that I consider it impossible to re-deploy due to the unit’s poor organization, lack of communications and technical means. [On my original tour], I arrived without understanding why I was needed there, without any explanations of the task. I don’t want to be ‘cannon fodder.’”
Also, the commander of the 2nd section of the 3rd platoon of the 9th motorized rifle company, Junior Sergeant Alexander A. Pugachev informed his battalion commander that he
“… refuses to participate again in the military hostilities in Ukraine due to the lack of logistical support, absence of coordination of actions, absence of any communication within the unit and with the command.”
The commander of the 2nd motorized rifle platoon of the 9th motorized rifle company, Lieutenant A. Yegorov, stated that
“… from the very beginning we were faced with [the command’s] deception and concealment of the true goals and tasks of the military deployment. Incomprehensible ‘military exercise tasks’ meant a dramatically different thing … After our crossing the border into Ukraine, we completely discredited ourselves in the eyes of both the world and the Slavic community. From that moment on, our actions and nature were of an occupation army, which was clearly expressed by the reaction of the civilian population.”
Below are photocopies of other personal statements of the soldiers of the Russian military.
In addition, a Guildhall source in the Ukrainian government reported that due to the refusal of some officials of the Russian military, including deputy commanders of the 76th Airborne Assault Division (based in Pskov, Russia), to comply with the order to conduct hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, four members of the division were detained by the military police.
According to the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, as of March 15, the total combat losses of the Russian military amounted to more than 13,500 personnel.
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