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Vladimir Putin’s army is recruiting people from colder parts of Russia as the Kremlin admits it does not have the money for winter uniforms, Ukrainian media claims.
Media outlet The New Voice of Ukraine (NV), citing the country’s intelligence officials, claimed the Kremlin has admitted it does not have enough money to prepare winter uniforms for its troops. Ukraine’s intelligence agency, in comments translated into English published by NV, said: “It also emerged that the next rotation of rascists will consist mainly of residents of the Russian Far East and Kamchatka.
“According to the plan, they are better adapted to life in low temperatures and will be more effective in winter.
“Also, these service members are not accustomed to comfort and will easily endure the lack of well-established living conditions.”
Rascists is a term used for Russian invaders in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Department (HUR) also reported Russian military recruiters have attracted new recruits with the promise of high pay.
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But the HUR claims the new personnel have a low level of training and know “almost nothing” about what the fighting is like on the ground in Ukraine.
Ukraine claims Russia has lost almost 53,000 military personnel since Putin ordered his troops into the country on February 24.
Russia does not issue military fatalities. In March, it said 1,351 Russian soldiers had been killed. Western estimates put Russian losses at 15,000 in July.
In July, Ukraine’s top presidential aide said Kyiv does not want the war to last into winter because it would give Russian forces time to dig in and make a Ukrainian counter-offensive more difficult.
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In an interview with NV in July, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak expressed hope the arms sent to Ukraine would provide enough weapons before winter to allow Ukrainian troops to achieve victory before temperatures plunge.
While Russia reportedly struggles to prepare its troops for winter, Ukraine’s recent success may boost the levels of military aid the war-torn country receives from Western allies.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis tweeted on Monday: “Those who doubted Ukraine’s strength should be apologising.
“Ukraine defended us all. Now is the time for us to show our deep gratitude.”
He called for stockpiles of advanced western armaments to be sent, including army tactical missile systems and tanks.
Some also see signs of movement in Germany, which Ukraine has accused of being too cautious over its dependence on Russian energy to get through the winter.
Kyiv wants Berlin to send modern battle tanks. German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht rejected sending tanks unilaterally on Monday.
Some viewed the remarks as leaving open the possibility Berlin could do so as part of a pan-European consortium.
Justin Bronk, a senior research fellow at think tank RUSI, said no country in the West would accept Russian occupation of its territory if they could stop it.
He said by proving it can fight back, Kyiv can convince the West to stand by that principle adding: “I think it will encourage rather than suppress willingness to deliver weapons.”
In a video address, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said the West must speed up deliveries of weapons systems, urging Ukraine’s allies to strengthen cooperation to defeat Russian terror.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar said today (September 13) that 150,000 people had been liberated from Russian rule in in Balakliia, a crucial military supply hub taken by Ukrainian forces late last week.
She said fighting has still been raging elsewhere in the northeastern Kharkiv region, adding Ukraine’s forces were making good progress because they were highly motivated and their operation was well planned.
Ms Malyar explained: “The aim is to liberate the Kharkiv region and beyond – all the territories occupied by the Russian Federation.”
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