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Putin Desperate? Britain Claims Russia Will Use Retired Soldiers in Ukraine

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Russian Artillery Firing. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Putin’s new plan for Ukraine: Using retired soliders? In an intelligence update shared on Sunday, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence claimed that Russia is planning to use recently retired soldiers to assist with the continued invasion of Ukraine after NATO intelligence officials predicted that as many as 40,000 Russian soldiers have been killed, captured, or wounded since the beginning of the war.

“In response to mounting losses, the Russian armed forces seek to bolster troop numbers with personnel discharged from military service since 2012,” the intelligence update reads.

“Efforts to generate more fighting power also include trying to recruit from the unrecognized Transnistria region of Moldova,” the Ministry of Defence added.

How Old Are the Retired Soldiers?

Recently retired soldiers in Russia could be more than 60 years old. Article 49 of Federal Law 64, implemented on April 2, 2014, sets out age provisions for Russian military personnel. Under the law, vice admirals and major generals must be under 60 years old, colonels and captains of the 1st rank under 55 years old, and lieutenants in military rank under 50 years old.

Soldiers in other army ranks must be younger than 50 years old.

The law does, however, provide for new contracts to be agreed with marshals, generals, admirals, and colonel generals who are in good health and willing to continue serving.

While not all soldiers dismissed from the military in 2012 left at retirement age, recruitment of soldiers who retired since 2012 could mean that some soldiers exceed the age of 60 by several years and may not be entirely fit to fight.

Are the Soldiers Prepared?

In response to the news, Francis Farrell, editor of news and culture website Lossi 36, suggested that Russia may be working to create the illusion of a military presence in Ukraine by deploying soldiers from the Transnistria region of Moldova who does not have sufficient military experience.

Farrell noted that under the leadership of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine allowed the transit of Russian troops into Transnistria – but since 2014, the year the Crimean peninsula was annexed by Russia, there has been no access for Russian troops to replenish the soldiers and recruits have since been drawn from the local population, most of whom are Russian citizens.

“These soldiers have no military or wartime experience, and as put by Serhiy Sydnorenko at European Pravda, make up a Potemkin village-like army, intended to fill quotas and keep up the image of a military presence,” Farrell writes.

If that’s the case, British intelligence may have just revealed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans to use ill-equipped and unprepared soldiers to maintain the illusion of Russian military dominance as its army attempts to take full control of the Donbas region of Ukraine.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Dip

    April 10, 2022 at 11:44 am

    The repulsive grotesquely simularity to qualify modo PUITLER PUTIN IS A COWARD A MURDERER AND A COMMITTER OF COUNTLESS ATROCITES. HE HAS A BLACK HEART AND A THICK YELLOW STREAK THROGH HIS HUMP SPINE. HIS NEW GENERAL HE HAS DECIDED TO LEAD THE UKRAINE INVASION WILL MEET THE SAME FATE AS THE OTHER FUCK PIGS AND BITE THE DUST. RUSSIAN SOLDIERS APART FROM BEING PATHETIC INEPT CLUELESS USELESS AND BRAINLESS ARE A LOAD OF DUMB CUNTS WITH THE BRAINS OF ROCKING HORSES. RUSSIA HAVE EXPOSED THEIR INABILITY TITALLY TO WAGE WAR AND ARE A SHAMBLES IN EVERY WAR ASPECT TO A MAN/ WOMAN FROM PUTIN DOWN THE LINE. RUSSIAN SOLDIERS WITH A LITTLE UP TOO REFUSE TO FIGHT VERY GOOD RUSSIAN CITIZENS ARE DESERTING RUSSIA TO THE USA GREAT NOW LETS HOPE UKRAINE DEFEATS PUITLER PUTRID THE PEPULSIVE LITTLE GROTESQUE LOOKING FUCK PIG THE IS A CROSS BETWEEN A BILGE RAT AND A TASMANIAN DEVIL A RIGHT LITTLE UGLY CUNT TO SAY THE LEAST HE WAS BATTERED WITH THE UGLY STICK BIG TIME. LETS HOPE RUSSIANS WITH SENSE GET PUITLER OUT OF LEADERSHIP OF RUSSIA TERRORIST STATE NOW. RUSSIA WITH OUT NUKES IS NOT A POWER AT ALL AND CAN THREATEN NO COUNTRY THATS NO COUNTRY AT ALL WITH ITS PATHETIC MILITARY AND PATHETIC WAR WAGING THEY WOULD BE SLAUGHTERED BY FRANCE. GERMANY . ITALY . POLAND .UK. THE LIST GOES ON . RUSSIA MILITARY SUM UP A TOTAL SHOWER OF SHIT AT BEST AND AN AWFUL LOT OF UGLY CUNTS WITH BRAINS OF ROCKING HORSES IN ON SPOT. FOR FUCK SAKE WHO IN TTEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD START DUGGING AROUND NUCLEAR PLANTS AND FUCKING ABOUT GENERALLY ONLY RUSSIAN SOLDIERS DEVOID OF BRAINS AND MIND OF FUCKING GNATS . FUCK RUSSIA FUCK PUITLER DEMOLISH RUSSIA AFTER YOU BEAT RUSSIA IN UKRAIN INVADE RUSSIAN CUNTS

  2. Alex

    April 10, 2022 at 11:46 am

    As I understand it, this is a great example of a fake, after the exposure of which the authors will again be modestly silent? Yes, write already that they are calling for 16-year-old and 70-year-old Russians. But there is a small but: this is happening in Ukraine, where weapons are distributed uncontrollably to absolutely everyone. Why not talk about it? Everyone has been released from psychiatric hospitals and prisons and they are also given weapons. Why not write about it?
    P.S. And there are idiots who believe in such articles.

  3. CK

    April 10, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Riddle me this Alex, if this website is so fake and so full of propaganda, and only idiots read it, why are you here day after day?

    Why are you always the 1st to post? (Well, you used to be. Your standards are slipping)

    It’s almost like you are getting … wait for it… paid for this! It’s sad to think about it, really. Here you are working you ass off on weekends while Sveta is back at home shaking your bed with the manager of that new theft device factory.

    I mean, have you seen those things Alex? Those things are your future. How could you compete? One for every can of tuna, borscht and peas, now that they are worth your monthly wages.

    That is what Putin has done to Russia, to Russians. Turned you into a nation of liars, whores and profiteers. You all deserve each other.

  4. Alex

    April 10, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    I would like to remind you why Russia’s special military operation for denazification and demilitarization in Ukraine is not a war:
    1. Ukraine has not declared war on Russia. Strange, right?
    2. Russia did not disconnect Ukraine from electricity, water supply, food supplies. How is this possible if this is a war?
    3. People’s Police of Donbass and Russian forces free the population, which thanks them in all the videos. How is this possible?
    Conclusion: now even people in the Anglo-Saxon countries are waking up and supporting Russia. The plan of Britain and the United States is falling apart irrevocably. This is a fiasco, motherfuckers. All Bandera Nazis will face trial, but not only them, but also those who are thousands of miles away from Ukraine. Everyone will answer.

  5. CK

    April 10, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Exact same reply as in the other topic:

    https://www.19fortyfive.com/2022/04/putin-desperate-britain-claims-russia-will-use-retired-soldiers-in-ukraine/#comment-29641

    What’s wrong Alex, are we getting to you? Are you finally starting to see the truth? You think your manager will be happy you are just copy pasting replies now, and one minute apart too?

    Alex, the line to Sveta’s bed is starting to get really long now! You need this job buddy, don’t screw it up!

  6. CK

    April 10, 2022 at 7:42 pm

  7. Alex

    April 10, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    CK (Bandera Nazi): thank you for breaking loose and proving once again that you are just a troll. I hope you continue to read everything I write. I hope your ass is already on fire and ready to meet your bandera in hell.

    I am sure that many people have seen how refugees from Ukraine behave in Europe. We can easily find videos of what they do with cars, real estate of Europeans. You can see how they tried to attack the Europeans because they are giving them what these pseudo-refugees claim to be theirs. Only about 30% of normal refugees from Ukraine. The rest are just animals. No, animals should not even be insulted like that. Many have already paid a lot of fines and deported back to Ukraine without the right to enter the EU. Europeans are shocked by what they saw barbarians. There is a good joke:
    If you think that your parents owe you, you are a child,
    If you think that the state owes you – you are a dissident,
    If you think that the whole world owes you, you are a Bandera Nazi.

  8. from Russia with love

    April 11, 2022 at 8:09 am

    CK:
    Alex is Polish. I am Russian 🙂
    And I have bad news for you 😉
    in Russia there is no food crisis, unlike the EU. in Russia there is no fuel crisis, unlike the EU.
    about ” liars, whores and speculators” apparently it’s you about those Russians who fled from Russia. yes, you are right, the contingent is disgusting. I must thank you for helping Russia get rid of this slag. 🙂
    PS
    Dip’s tantrum is delightful! :)))

  9. David O'Brian

    April 11, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    You Russians are about to go into the dark ages. You just defaulted on your national debt. Your Ruble is rubble and will be worthless soon. And for what? To get your ass kicked by a tiny Ukranian Army? Sure, you have wheat. And you have oil. What else do you have? A bunch or worthless weapons systems and a bunch of unsatisfied women who are now widows. Keep it up and you will return to the glory days of the Soviet Union when you had to line up for toilet paper. Putin screwed you guys good.

  10. wesley bruce

    April 11, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    It’s a Particularly toxic chat here today but I think everyone is missing the key variables, including the author and British intelligence.
    New green recruits and re-employed retired Russian officers will not be deployed to Ukraine. They will be moved into positions near the NATO, Chinese, Japanese Borders. Some may be deployed to run the new gulags. This frees up younger, fitter and in some cases more fanatical Russian officers from those positions to move to Ukraine. Australia and the USA did this in WW2. Britain also did it in the Falkland islands war. It’s not new.
    This is something Ukraine is probably doing but with general mobilization it’s masked. Again older troops and even unfit troops can be assigned to deep rear area posts; checkpoints; admin desks; loading and unloading supply convoys in the west.
    In Australia’s case after Singapore fell a significant part of the defense paperwork in Melbourne was done by disabled veterans in a veterans hospital. Badly disabled soldiers, crippled, blind, etc did document sorting and duplication. The complaints officer did not have a face. Most don’t know this case.
    The cause of this war may be insane and Russian corruption has cost them dearly but when you hear that Russia is calling up the young and old that does not mean they are stupid enough to throw green troops at veterans. The real danger now is that Russian command is learning from their mistakes.
    If we have confirmed cases of new green troops thrown at a battle front then that is confirmation that Russia has already fallen but the rubble is still making trouble.

  11. Alex

    April 11, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    David, sober up.

    Russia’s “backward” weapons in the form of hypersonic missiles have destroyed many targets. Yes, no one else in the world has it. Here is such a “shitty” weapon.

    I don’t know what happens in your dreams with the ruble, but the reality is this:
    In the EU, people are fighting over sugar and sunflower oil. Some items are missing.
    In Russia, all stores are filled with products at the same prices as a year ago. Many Russians do not care at all about what is happening outside their vast country.

    You do not worry about the widows of more than 180 peoples of Russia. You have to worry about your widows who are left behind from Korea, Vietnam, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and 25 other countries.

    Don’t worry about Russian soldiers. Better worry about your soldiers, who are 100% likely not to return from Russia. I am sure that in Russia there is someone to worry about their soldiers. Certainly not their enemies.

  12. Roman

    April 12, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Together with the National Guard troops, the losses did not exceed 2500 soldiers (killed). Where this number 40000 came from?

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