As the world continues to look upon the brutal and unforgivable war that is raging in Ukraine with abject horror, one of the most remarkable aspects of the conflict is just how embarrassing Russia’s military has been.
From the very start there were signs that the Kremlin’s fighting force might have been a couple of cards short of playing with a full deck, as the first captured soldiers were not only caught on video crying during phone calls to their mothers, but also relayed that they have been tricked into invading Ukraine by their commanders.
The desertions and surrenders rose dramatically in the following weeks, as Ukrainians fought back fiercely and efficiently.
Things got so bad at one point that Russian soldiers were caught scavenging Ukrainian ammunition so their superiors wouldn’t suspect anything when they shot themselves in the legs to get sent home.
Now, months later, they’re just drunkenly shooting each other.
Russia has been struggling to rally the support of its own troops, according to internal government documents obtained exclusively by Yahoo News that detail drunken acts of insubordination six months into Putin’s invasion.
The documents include an incident and homicide report by the Russian Investigative Committee’s Military Investigations Department for the Black Sea Fleet regarding a June 19 incident in which three Russian soldiers were shot and killed and two others wounded in a gun battle with officers of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor agency to the KGB, at a bar in Kherson City, on the banks of the Dnieper River.
One can only imagine that, as winter begins to close in on Kyiv, these already-frazzled Russian troops will be ready to throw in the towel.