Russian soldiers do not want to lie in coffins and refuse to redeploy Ukraine for war

Dmitry, a member of the Russian Army Brigade Soldier Unit, who asked not to be named, said: “It became clear very quickly that not everyone was in favor of (the fight). Many of us (Ukraine) would not back down. Wanted to go. ) Absolutely. I want to go back to my family, but not in the coffin.” (European news agency)


When in early April a group of brigade soldiers from the elite Russian Army were asked to prepare for their second deploymentUkraineFear engulfed the team.

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Dmitry, a member of the force, who asked not to be named, said: “It became clear very quickly that not everyone was in favor of (the fight). Many of us did not want to go back to (Ukraine). I wanted to go back to the family, but not in the coffin.”

Dmitry, along with eight of his comrades, told the commander that he again refused to engage in the invasion of Ukraine. “They were angry. But in the end they calmed down because they couldn’t do anything,” he said.

He was soon transferred to the Russian city of Belgorod near the Ukrainian border, and has been stationed there ever since.

He said: “I’ve been in the military for five years and my contract expires in June. I’ll do the rest and then I can go here. I have nothing to be ashamed of. We’re officially not at war. , so they cannot force me to go to war.”

Dmitry’s refusal to fight amid the Kremlin’s political decision not to formally declare war on Ukraine underscores part of the military puzzle facing the Russian military. Russia prefers to call the invasion a “special military operation” as it enters its fourth month.

Under Russian military rules, soldiers who refuse to fight in Ukraine could face dismissal, but could not be prosecuted, said lawyer Mikhail Benyash. Banash continues to advise soldiers who choose not to fight.

Bunyash said his team had been approached by “thousands and hundreds” of soldiers and asked how to avoid being sent into battle. Among them were 12 national guards from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar who were fired for refusing to travel to Ukraine.

“If the soldiers disagreed, the commander tried to threaten them with jail time, but we told the soldiers they could just say no,” Banyash said. “If the soldiers refused to fight in Russia, there was no legal basis for criminal prosecution.”

As a result, he said, many soldiers fired or moved instead of entering the “meat mill.”

A similar story was told by 23-year-old soldier Sergei Bokov, who decided to leave the army at the end of April after joining the war in Ukraine. “Our commanders didn’t even argue with us because we weren’t the first to leave,” Pokov said.

Bunyash said that if Russia declared a full-scale war, it would be more difficult for soldiers to refuse to join the war because of military laws. “In times of war, the rules are completely different,” he said. “Refusing to join the war would mean harsher punishments, and he could face jail time.”

While the exact number of Russian troops refusing to fight is unclear, stories tell what military experts and Western governments say, one of the biggest obstacles Russia faces on the Ukrainian battlefield is an acute shortage of infantry.

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