The soldiers of a russian elite unit fighting in Ukraine published a letter of protest against the high casualties suffered in an attack which they claim was incompetently plannedreported the independent Russian media jellyfish.
“The soldiers of the 155th Marine Brigade of the Pacific Fleet they sent a letter to the governor of Primorye, Oleg Kozhemyako, complaining about the command’s actions, which resulted in heavy casualties,” said the media.
The unit, based in the Russian district of Primorye (east) is considered to be a elite assault forcewhich however, according to the letter, suffered hundreds of casualties and, according to other sources, lost in the aforementioned battle half of its armored vehicles.
In the attack on the small town of Pavlivkanear Donetsk (in eastern Ukraine), the Russian forces were pushed back by Ukrainian troops who opened fire from higher positions.
This caused 300 casualties between dead and woundedor even 300 dead, according to some sources.
“Who would have thought that attacking fortified positions in the mud would go wrong…”, ironically the popular Twitter account @warmonito3.
The information disseminated by jellyfish They match social media posts citing the soldiers’ letter, as well as eyewitnesses to the battle, which took place in late October.
Members of the aforementioned elite unit ask the Governor of Primorye to ask the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces to send an independent commission -that is, not associated with the Ministry of Defense- to investigate the debacle.
jellyfish is a news agency established in the Latvian capital by Russian journalists in 2014. Although it is mainly aimed at the Russian audience, it also publishes information in English. Their website has been blocked by the Russian authorities and they have been banned from advertising in the country since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
New defense systems for Ukraine
Ukraine announced on Monday that it received from United States, Spain and Norway new anti-aircraft defense systems designed to counter Russia’s massive bombardment of critical infrastructure.
“The air defense systems NASAMS Y aspid arrived in Ukraine! These weapons will significantly strengthen the Ukrainian army and make our sky safer,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Twitter.
“We will continue to shoot down the enemies that attack us. Thanks to our partners: Norway, Spain and the United States,” he added.
Ukraine has been demanding for weeks that its Western allies hand over modern air defense systems, while Moscow steps up attacks on electricity and water infrastructure, causing massive power cuts as winter approaches.
Other countries such as Germany and France have already supplied anti-aircraft systems to kyiv.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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