Afraid to go to the front: Russian soldiers from Transnistria refuse to return home despite terrible conditions of service
The so-called Russian peacekeepers in Russia-occupied Moldovan Transnistria are serving in extremely horrible conditions. Despite this, they desperately hold on to their jobs because they are afraid of going to Russia and then being sent to fight in Ukraine.
At present, decadent moods are spreading among the Russian contingent in Transnistria. This was reported by OBOZREVATEL's sources in the security sector.
The so-called "operational group of Russian troops" in occupied Transnistria currently has about 1,500 employees. About 120 of them have Russian citizenship. In addition to the seconded Russian military personnel, some of the local henchmen of the occupiers who have taken up employment in the OGRF have also acquired Russian passports.
Our sources state that most of the Russians who served in Transnistria have long since returned to Russia. However, the group commander and his deputies still remain in the occupied region of Moldova. Together with their families, they live in the city of Ribnita.
Currently, decadent moods are spreading in the ranks of the Russian troops in Transnistria. As the occupiers with Russian passports themselves admit, the reason for this is that everyone "understands where things are going."
However, all of them are holding on to their places because they are afraid of returning home and being sent to war in Ukraine. Few of the occupants doubt that they will quickly face this scenario upon arrival in Russia.
Even the terrible working conditions do not encourage Russians to return to Russia. The occupiers are sorely short of staff. Even the local population is not satisfied with the working conditions, so recruiting new employees is extremely difficult.
The staff shortage has led to the fact that until recently, paramilitary guards at the warehouses in Kovbasna were on duty in a 4x8 mode: each employee had to stand two shifts of four hours each with two eight-hour breaks during the day. Now the regime has been changed to 4x4, and for some shifts the interval between four-hour shifts has been reduced to two hours.
There is more work for the occupiers, but they are paid less. The salaries they used to receive were reduced. Cash payments have also been canceled: instead, employees are offered to use cards of the Russian payment system "Mir", which is extremely limited in Transnistria and does not officially work in Moldova at all.
The only way out for the occupiers is to use the services of cashing out the funds on the card, which they lose from 2.5 to 3% of the amount.
Our sources also reported that all the small arms from the Kovbasna warehouses have been taken to Tiraspol. There are still about 18-20 thousand tons of ammunition in the warehouses, mostly from the Second World War. The shelf life of this ammunition has long since expired, and it is in a terrible condition due to violations of warehouse standards.
The situation with the military equipment concentrated in Kovbasna is no better: it is mostly unusable due to violations of storage conditions and lack of proper maintenance.
Earlier, Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that Ukraine's victory would help resolve the conflict in Transnistria. She emphasized that Moldova is committed to a peaceful settlement.
Sandu also added that the problem of Transnistria will be resolved gradually due to the complexity of the situation.