October 12, 2022

Death Awaits Them


Death Awaits Them
Russian tank destroyed by Ukrainian troops in Mariupol. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

"Honestly, they will all die there."

– Kirill, Russian soldier who has fought in Ukraine
offers a grim prognosis of what awaits the new mobilized recruits.

A Meduza correspondent interviewed contract and draftee soldiers who have served in Russia's Ukraine War, and their outlook for the young, inexperienced recruits is not optimistic. Said one, named Kirill:

"Honestly, they will all die there. They be injured and die. This is not a trained army! I, for example, served for a long time [under a contract], pushed through [to the front] myself – yet still I was not ready. On the very first day, I realized that I had made the biggest mistake of my life."
 
A full machine translation of the soldiers' interviews can be found here.
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