Threats and torture drive assaults: Russian troops do not spare their own

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Signs of deliberate extermination of soldiers. Relatives of servicemen from one of the military units of the Russian Federation complained to Putin that soldiers were being sent to storm Avdiivka to take the city to the “Direct Line” with the president. The document was signed by 100 people. They say they live in trenches on the front line for 10 months and are constantly under fire. And after the start of the active phase of the offensive in November, even the wounded are sent to the assaults, FREEDOM reports.

Relatives say that from October of this year, those mobilized by one of the military units, which are stationed in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, began to be sent to “assault brigades” near Avdiivka.

“On November 25, they issued another decree there, so that light and medium wounded were treated in the trenches. They don’t spare the “DPR” people at all: they collect the remains and launch an assault again. They are in a hurry… they are driving towards the direct line of Vladimir Putin and the New Year. We need some kind of result. Everyone around is saying that we will take Avdiivka, and then there will be negotiations,” said the wife of one of those mobilized in an interview with the publication “Important Stories”.

Sending conscripts under torture to “meat assaults” is a common practice for the Russian military command. Thus, brothers Semyon and Gennady Kiskorov from Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo region, were taken to the war against Ukraine in October last year. They were seriously wounded at the front and refused to continue serving. However, the command forces them to become stormtroopers through threats and torture.

“At first, we conscientious objectors were sent to a construction site, and then we were given orders to tie us to a tree and not give food or drink. The contract soldier returned from the hospital and refused to go on a combat mission. Then the officer beat him and ordered him to be tied to a tree. And in order to be released, they had to pay 50-100 thousand rubles. Sometimes the handcuffs were nailed to the tree so that the person could not even sit down. This is not only for refuseniks, but also for those who were caught drunk or did not follow some order. Here, any word is an order,” said mobilized Semyon Kiskorov.

They are sent to stormtroopers even on crutches. Thus, 49-year-old resident of the Moscow region Mikhail ended up in the war in October last year. In April 2023 he was wounded. Ligaments, meniscus and bone are damaged. Due to the inflammatory process, the leg does not heal. However, the man was found fit and is going to be sent to the assault brigade.

“He has five stumps instead of teeth, and you can’t take a blender with you there. When asked how he could eat there at the front, the unit answered: “Nothing, the stew there is soft.” For 14 months, my handsome, strong man turned into an old, sick grandfather. He shriveled, turned black and was left without teeth. They simply destroyed a man, like me, his wife,” said Irina,
Mikhail’s wife, in an interview with the publication “Important Stories”.

And in Moscow, a guy with epilepsy was called up for service. Now he is in the hospital – in the military unit he lost consciousness and began to have convulsions.

According to human rights activists, by calling up people with health problems, military registration and enlistment offices did not violate the law, since the law on mobilization does not provide for a medical commission.

Dissatisfaction with the current situation is growing among Russians themselves. Thus, according to a Levada Center survey, the question of ending the war is the main one, and it is the one that Russians would like to ask Putin during his “Direct Line”, which will take place on December 14. 21% of respondents were in favor. It turned out to be three times more popular than questions about increasing salaries and pensions.

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