The myth of the mighty Russian army is all but dead at this point, and the latest news out of Ukraine isn’t the last nail in the coffin of this reputation, but rather that first shovel full of dirt.
In a desperate, tyrannical move, Russian President Vladimir Putin forcefully conscripted 300,000 civilians into his armed forces just days ago, sending them directly to the front lines in hopes that their soon-to-be-corpses would put a dent in Ukraine’s ammunition stockpile.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russia didn’t even bother to train them.
Russian soldiers who recently reached the front lines of the war in Ukraine did not have fighting experience or training, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his Monday night address.
The comment comes a couple of weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin mobilized roughly 300,000 reservist forces to supplement their ranks, which have been decimated throughout seven months of war.
Zelenskyy did not hold back.
“Among the dead occupiers, we can already see those who were taken just a week or two ago,” the Ukrainian leader said. “People were not trained for combat. They have no experience to fight in such a war. But the Russian command just needs some people, any kind, to replace the dead. And when these new ones die, more people will be sent. This is how Russia fights. That’s how it will lose as well.”