The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine causes heavy casualties on both sides. In Russia, Putin still hesitates to call for general mobilization. But now Russia’s Afghanistan veterans are to find more volunteers.

Hundreds of soldiers are still dying every day in Ukraine – on both sides, the exact numbers are not known. What is known, however, is that Putin’s troops have massive problems with recruiting new recruits. Therefore, the Russian military command continues to rely increasingly on so-called ad hoc volunteer battalions, as reported by the “Institute for the Study of War”.

Accordingly, the Russian oblasts (larger administrative districts) should set up these volunteer battalions. The Russian Telegram channel “Voennyi Osvedomitel” reports that the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast is now setting up its own voluntary tank battalion. The Afghanistan veterans of Russia are supposed to help.

Accordingly, the volunteers are registered through the regional organization of the Russian Union of Afghan Veterans. From there the volunteers are then sent to the military registration and recruitment offices according to their place of residence. Then it goes to the war in Ukraine.

This coincides with an earlier assessment by the “ISW” that the Russian authorities are forming such ad hoc units to compensate for the ongoing personnel losses in Ukraine.

Above all, the artillery is slowly making up ground for Putin’s troops in Ukraine. After being successfully stopped during the planned storming of Kyiv, superiority is increasingly becoming Russia’s trump card. But there is a major weakness.

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