Widespread drunkenness and disobedience to orders: GUR tells about the morale of the occupiers at the front
In the units of the occupying Russian army on the front line, drunkenness and disobedience to orders from commanders are gaining momentum. This is greatly facilitated by the extremely low morale of the occupiers.
The already low motivation of the invaders is "finished off" by high losses of personnel in battles with the Ukrainian army and the absence of commanders on the front line. This was stated by Vadym Skibitsky, representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, in an interview with Apostrophe TV.
According to him, the Russian occupants are facing a whole host of problems on the front line.
"In many cases, especially in those units that are on the front line, morale is quite low. There is a lot of information that Russian commanders are not present at the front line at all, there is no normal logistical support," noted Skibitsky.
Demoralization results in widespread drunkenness, refusal to follow orders of commanders and unauthorized abandonment of units in many Russian units.
"It's because there are heavy losses. There are a lot of losses [among the occupiers] due to the fact that timely medical care is not provided, and this all affects the battlefield and the morale of Russian servicemen," explained the representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.
Even the massive propaganda of the Russian Federation to Russians, including those mobilized, does not help to maintain discipline. The idea that ordinary citizens of the aggressor country must endure all the problems in order to defeat the mythical "enemies" who allegedly surrounded Russia from all sides does not help to maintain discipline.
"The propaganda said that we should be patient because we have an enemy that has always been in the West. [They said that we will be pawing at soup, but we will forge weapons," Skibitsky added.
He suggests that Russians may eventually see the light. But they need time to do so. It is possible that the population of the Russian Federation will experience something similar to what Russians experienced after the Soviet war in Afghanistan. After all, then physically and psychologically crippled Soviet soldiers or the families of those who returned home in zinc coffins suddenly realized that the population of the USSR did not need that war. Just as the state did not need those who became occupiers on its orders.
"Many people said at the time: "What was I doing there?", and the officials answered: "I didn't send you there." It is difficult to say whether this is possible now in Russia. But the situation in Russia can change very quickly: the same events of 1917 showed that there was a tsar and the tsar was gone," Skibitsky emphasized.
Currently, he noted, most Russians prefer to remain silent about Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
"They are silent, afraid to express their opinions, talking about the situation only in the kitchen, as in Soviet times. And the situation is complicated: today, a very simple issue has come to the forefront of the Russian population's minds - family income and the difficult financial situation of ordinary Russian people. This is a fact," the representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine summarized.
Earlier, the GUR reported that more than 400,000 Russian soldiers are currently fighting in Ukraine. This is a serious grouping, which, however, can only conduct operations in certain areas of the front.
Repeating scenarios like the one in February 2022 with such forces is impossible. However, the enemy will definitely try to conduct separate offensive operations.