The following article, Russian Troops Simply Disobeying Orders as Morale Takes a Nosedive in Ukraine, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Every day for the last month, the global headlines have read something along the lines of: Russia is Bad at War, No One Knew.
That’s because the Kremlin’s estimate of 3 days to completely conquer Ukraine was so far off that Russia is calling up conscripts, using banned weapons, and committing assorted other war crimes along the way.
And the troops the Kremlin sent haven’t been the most intelligent either, with a number of soldiers nuking themselves on the way into Pripyat the other day.
Now, as the entire world looks on with a severe case of schadenfreude, those troops on the ground are beginning to tell their commanders where to shove their orders.
New intelligence out of Ukraine shows that some Russian troops are refusing to carry out orders, even going so far to sabotage their equipment, Jeremy Fleming, head of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), said on Wednesday.
The spy chief shared the information during a speech at the Australian National University in Canberra. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin “massively misjudged” the capabilities of his military, adding, “We believe Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth.”
The entire Moscow military machine seems to be a veritable mess.
Ukraine has fought back harder than Putin expected, Fleming said, and “we’ve seen Russian soldiers — short of weapons and morale — refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment, and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft.”
Desertions have been a part of Russia’s battlefield woes from the get-go, but this latest reporting could be the harbinger of some wide scale revolt among Moscow’s men.
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