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South Ossetian Army sparks Russia’s war in Ukraine

Soldiers sent to Ukraine to support Russian forces say they have no choice but to leave because the Russian military is in disarray and “they have deceived us at every step.”

Soldiers from the breakaway state of South Ossetia — speaking with South Ossetian leader Anatoly Bibilov at a meeting published by the independent news agency MediaZona — put up a list of complaints about faulty equipment, lack of leadership leadership and information, as well as mindless tactics.

South Ossetia, which relies heavily on military and financial aid from Russia, sent troops to Ukraine at the end of March to “defend Russia”. Ukrainian military officials at the time said about 150 South Ossetian troops were joining forces with Russia, but Tskhinvali never gave any official figures.

Many of the soldiers are believed to be from Russian military units stationed in South Ossetia; Moscow and Tskhinvali reached an agreement in 2017 to partially unite their armed forces.

But reports soon emerged of many of them refusing to join the fight, vowing not to become “cannon fodder.”

“No one is scared here, it’s just that they deceived us at every step,” one of the soldiers told Bibilov of their decision to give up the war.

“Out of 11 days [that we were there,] I wouldn’t even wish an enemy what happened there. All the equipment is down, I tell you straight… No commanding staff,” another soldier told the South Ossetian leader.

Out of 10 tanks, the first soldier said, only 3 were fired. He said: “The mortars for mortars are useless, the legs are crooked.

“There are no orders. And if the officers didn’t know what to do, what would the sergeant do there? ‘ another soldier is quoted as saying.

He said “99 percent of the equipment” in another unit wasn’t even working, but when the military warned his commanding superiors that their cars weren’t working and their guns “didn’t fire,” he shrugged. shoulder and said: just “go so.”

In another case, the military complained about their commander “disappearing” every time a fight started.

“He is afraid of his people. He made himself into a security team among a few. The commander refused to go out and talk to his men and said he would be beaten,” one soldier said.

Finally, “some people from spetsnaz [special forces]”Really beat him and left ‘his face covered in blood,'” he said.

They said the Russian military never had a backup plan, or escape routes. Another soldier said one of his wounded comrades in Russian-occupied Donetsk did not receive medical attention.

“He said that the first day they bandaged him, but there was still shrapnel inside him. He said his hand was very swollen and no one did anything, the doctors didn’t even come to examine him. He was there for five days, and the doctors just asked him for money,” he said.

After hearing the soldiers paint a picture of such utter confusion, Bibilov directly asked the men if they believed that Russia would lose the war.

One soldier said: “Yes, we believe they will lose.”

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