For decades, the myth of Russia’s military prowess has been perpetuated by global pop culture.
Surely, much of this reputation is just left over from the propaganda crescendos of World War II and the Cold War, both of which have been memorialized by Hollywood in films portraying the Soviet armies as brutal, unflinching, and massive.
Today’s Russian army, however, is not that. Not in the least. And the latest humiliating news coming from the front lines proves it.
he Ukrainian government says demoralized Russian support officers are refusing to sign up to fight against a weekslong counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces that has reportedly pushed Russian forces back to the countries’ shared border.
In a Tuesday Facebook post, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed the Russian military’s current shortage of tactical commanders is due to the refusal of reserve officers to sign contracts to return to the front amid the Ukrainian military’s reported battlefield success.
The Russians are simply afraid to fight.
“The level of moral and psychological condition of the opponent’s personal composition continues to decrease,” the general staff said in the statement. “The practice of self-calling is increasingly widespread among the occupiers to get treatment in a medical facility and avoid participating in combat in Ukraine. A large part of the military personnel do not return to the military units after the end of their vacation period.”
The news comes as an incredible Ukrainian counteroffensive continues to pummel Putin’s lackluster forces, beating them back all the way to the Russian border in recent days.
Ukraine won’t likely stop there, either, as leaders in Kyiv have suggested that they will also seek to repatriate Crimea, which was illegally annexed by Russia back in 2014.