Russian troops are hitting the bottle so hard that they are banned from buying alcohol in some areas of Ukraine’s partially occupied territories, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Soldiers are so drunk trying to fight in the war in Ukraine that they are causing serious incidents in Zaporizhzhia region in southeastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian military said.
“This leads to numerous disciplinary violations and serious crimes,” the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said on Wednesday.
The excessive drinking habit of drunken Russian troops is believed to be the cause of car accidents, gun violations and other drunken incidents.
In a somewhat incongruous move, the Russians rely on a Santa Claus impersonator, Ivan Sushko, to prevent wasted Russian troops from buying alcohol, including beer, in Mykhailivska and Rozdol.
Russian troops, however, looted and seized local business assets in Zaporizhzhia, according to the Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
Residents of Zaporizhzhia, meanwhile, have been subjected to enforced disappearances, torture and forced conscription. Russia is preparing for a mobilization in the area in recent days, and began forcibly conscripting men in Berdyansk, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, according to the National Resistance Center.
Russian authorities in the Zaporizhzhia region, which is partly under Russian control, have been working in recent days to try to sell Ukrainian grain abroad, raising fears that the Russians may be drawing funds from their conquests. Just last month, Russian forces transported Ukrainian grain from the region to Crimea by train, according to Ukrinform.
The head of Russia’s administration in the region said the sales would go to Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia, according to TASS, The New Arab reported.
The Biden administration has worked to convince other countries that Russia could try to sell grain with to avoid buying stolen Ukrainian grain, the State Department said, according to The New York Times.
Russian forces are also occupying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, and laying landmines to repel the Ukrainians, raising concerns that any breach of protocol or damage to equipment could lead to radiation exposure . There has never been a military takeover of an operating nuclear power plant before.
And while Russian troops patrolled around the compound trying to root out spies, or Ukrainians they say still have allegiances to Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces, Ukrainian defense officials said they would not leave. probably not after the nuclear power plant, as they are more focused on conducting a counter-offensive in the direction of Kharkiv and Kherson, the the wall street journal reported.