The sheer desperation of the Russian army is showing once again in Ukraine, as hundreds of thousands of recently drafted civilians begin to surrender or be captured upon their arrival to the front lines.
Russia, whose original fighting force was already ill-prepared, poorly trained, and riding around in 70 year old pieces of equipment, forcefully conscripted another 300,000 citizens just weeks ago, sending them to the front lines as cannon fodder.
Now, after getting an up-close and personal look at the quality of this personnel, Ukraine’s president has a harrowing assessment.
The comment comes a couple of weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin mobilized roughly 300,000 reservist forces to supplement their ranks, which have been decimated throughout seven months of war.
Zelenskyy’s comments were disturbing, and belie the Kremlin’s vast trouble.
“Among the dead occupiers, we can already see those who were taken just a week or two ago,” the Ukrainian leader said. “People were not trained for combat. They have no experience to fight in such a war. But the Russian command just needs some people, any kind, to replace the dead. And when these new ones die, more people will be sent. This is how Russia fights. That’s how it will lose as well.”
Russia has been seen mobilizing parts of its nuclear arsenal in recent days – a sign that Vladimir Putin may be growing more desperate than ever.