Status: 29.11.2023, 15:42 PM
By: Sandra Käthe
Snow, flooded sleeping places and lost equipment are causing problems for Russian soldiers on the river islands of the Dnipro.
Kyiv/Kherson – For the second time since the beginning of the Russian attack at the end of February 2022, both warring parties in the Ukraine war are preparing for a harsh winter. Already last year, the cold months brought many offensive actions to a standstill, instead Russia's efforts focused on making life difficult for the Ukrainian population with attacks on civilian infrastructure in order to bend the Ukrainian resistance – largely without success.
On the other hand, reports and videos from the front line are now increasingly suggesting a development that could increase significantly depending on the harshness of the winter on the war front in eastern Ukraine: dwindling morale among the Russian armed forces. And this is often related to criticism of Russia's military leadership.
The fighting in the Ukraine war continues in winter. However, while Ukrainian soldiers are defending their country, Russia's troops are partially losing their trust in the military leadership. (Archive photo) © Madeleine Kelly/imago-images.de
Russian soldiers in the Ukraine war: Video shows conditions in flooded area
A first example of how winter could affect Russia's soldiers and their view of the Ukraine war is shown in a video published on Tuesday (28 November), which is said to have come from Russian soldiers and was first posted on the Telegram messaging service, according to a report in the US newspaper Newsweek. In the meantime, it has been translated by the independent media project War Translated and published on its X channel. The authenticity of the video could not beindependently confirmed.
On the video, the man behind the camera can be heard who, together with a comrade, has built a shelter made of beams and tarpaulins in a wooded area not far from a body of water, explaining that the camp has been flooded in the past few days and that hardly anything is left of it. According to information from the Telegram post, this is an island in the floodplain of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region of Ukraine. You can see how the water repeatedly sloshes dangerously close to the shelter. The ground is already wet and muddy all around.
Criticism of military leadership in the Ukraine war: Russian soldiers with serious accusations
Apparently addressing the military leadership, the man behind the camera remarks that the soldiers might be sent to certain death and that only a small part of equipment and weapons would be left. Against the background of their situation, the soldier also emphasizes in the video that he now "doesn't care" about Ukrainian drones. In the Telegram comment on the video, it is said that the soldiers have been deployed for some time "in the most difficult conditions" and that there are also problems with boats.
According to the Newsweek report, Tuesday's video may be related to another clip from last week that War Translated also posted on its X channel. In it, Russian soldiers accused their commander of having them transferred to the islands of the Dnipro, possibly sending them to their deaths. As a background to the transfer, the soldiers suspected that the commander wanted to conceal past mistakes that would have resulted in the death of further Russian troops. (saka)