Ukrainian and Russian troops are suffering from low morale as the war nears its fourth month and heavy fighting continues in the eastern region of the country, with morale particularly strained among some Russian soldiers who refuse orders from commanders and engage in armed combat. clashes with them.
The last military intelligence United Kingdom (UK) update finds that Russian and Ukrainian combat units are struggling with “variable morale”.
Ukraine sees its troops desert at the heart of the war, but the morale of Russian soldiers is “particularly troubled”. There have been instances of entire Russian units rebelling against the orders of their superiors, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.
“Russian authorities are likely struggling to exert legal pressure on military dissidents, hampered by the official status of the invasion as a ‘special military operation‘ rather than a war,” reads the statement. updating information.
The war, which Russian President Vladimir Putin launched in late February, has continued without a decisive victory on either side. Ukrainian troops managed to drive Russian forces out of the Kyiv capital region in the spring, but fighting in Donbass, the industrial heartland of the east, remains a major challenge for both sides.
Russian soldiers suffer from low morale for a variety of reasons, including perceived poor leadership, heavy casualties, combat stress, and low pay.
“Many Russian servicemen of all ranks also probably remain confused about the aims of the war,” the UK Ministry of Defense said.
Russia controls around 20% of Ukraine after seizing key territory in the east, and Ukrainian forces and civilians have been beaten in assaults and lost thousands of lives.
But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky kept spirits up with frequent speeches. He also continues to work with world leaders to strengthen his country’s financial needs and defensive capabilities.
“Russia does not have as many missiles as our people want to live”, Zelensky said in a virtual address on Saturday.
Putin continues to call the invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” he is carrying out to “denazify” the Ukrainian government and restore order in a country he claims is controlled by Western world leaders.
But Russia has likely lost tens of thousands of troops in Ukraine as the Kremlin struggles at home to root out protests and war opponents.
During press conference In Kyiv on Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that after 114 days of war Russia “still hasn’t achieved the goals it set itself for the first week”.
“If Ukraine is suffering, if Ukrainian troops are suffering, then I have to tell you that all the evidence is that Putin’s troops are themselves under acute pressure and they are taking heavy casualties,” Johnson said.