The Russian armed forces in Ukraine are struggling with morale and discipline, according to the British Ministry of Defense. Besides the fact that there is combat fatigue and there are many casualties, one of the main reasons, according to the ministry, is that they are not well paid.
“In the Russian army, the income of the troops consists of a modest base salary supplemented by a complex variety of bonuses and allowances,” the British ministry wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “In Ukraine, there have most likely been significant problems with the non-payment of large combat bonuses.”
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This is likely due to the inefficient military bureaucracy, the unusual legal status of the ‘special military operation’ and corruption among commanders.
According to the ministry, the basic rights of the troops deployed in Ukraine are also not respected, such as being given appropriate uniforms, weapons, rations and pay. “This has almost certainly contributed to the still fragile morale of much of the armed forces,” the ministry said.
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