Intercepted conversations, posted on the Ukrainian Intelligence YouTube channel on February 12, have revealed significant casualties among Russian forces mobilized for the conflict in Ukraine. These revelations paint a grim picture of the conditions faced by Russian soldiers, many of whom reportedly die before even reaching the Ukrainian border.

Mobilized Russian soldiers die before even reaching Ukraine. “People are throwing flies before they even get to Ukraine,” the girlfriend of one of the Russian soldiers said in an intercepted call.

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The woman recounted a particularly disturbing incident in which a soldier died during training, highlighting the dangers recruits face. “The main thing is not Ukraine,” she said. “They brought us (to our settlement) a dead man. He didn’t even reach Ukraine. They killed him during training.”

The debate also revealed shocking cases of violence and abuse within the ranks, including hangings and assaults. “There are many cases of this type,” he added. “Someone was hanged, a man was raped.” Similar incidents underline the desperate measures the Russian military has resorted to, including recruiting prisoners to increase its numbers.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces are effectively neutralizing Russian troops at a rate comparable to Russia’s recruiting efforts, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported on December 8, 2023.

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The Russian offensive has killed more than 54,000 soldiers in about two months, and the Kremlin has sacrificed about 400 soldiers for every square kilometer gained in Ukraine, Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said on January 23.

British intelligence has assessed that, given the substantial losses suffered, it could take Russia between five and ten years to reconstitute its military units to their previous levels of training and experience. This continued attrition highlights the serious impact of the conflict on Russian military capabilities and raises questions about the sustainability of its offensive efforts in Ukraine.

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By Sam