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Watch: Russian Soldier Confirms Russia Deploying to Ukraine with ZERO Training

M777 Artillery Like in Ukraine
Soldiers, with team Deadpool, B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 1st Armored Division, fire a M777 Howitzer, during the Two Gun Raid September 20 at Oro Grande Range Complex, N.M. 2-3 FA conducts the Two Gun Raid and table VI qualification annually. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Michael Eaddy). This is similar to the artillery engaged in Ukraine.

A video of a Russian soldier exposing the Kremlin’s dangerous and rushed deployment of inexperienced troops went viral this week. In the video, the soldier describes how he was conscripted to fight in Ukraine despite having no formal basic training.

The video was shared on Twitter by Mark Krutov of Radio Free Europe who found the man’s VK social media account – a popular platform similar to Facebook which is used in Russia – and obtained additional information from him.

The soldier described how he was being sent to the “1st Tank Regiment,” possibly in the 2nd Guards Motor Rifle Division, and said that he expected to be sent to fight in Kherson within the next two days despite not being sent to basic training.

Speaking to the camera in Russian, the soldier seemed to suggest that while he was sent to some form of training, he and the other soldiers were not taught the most basic things about combat, including how to safely use firearms.

“Hi everyone, the first tank regiment is here. We were officially told that there would be no training before we will be sent to the war zone. The regiment’s commanders confirmed this. On September 29, we will be sent to Kherson,” the soldier said.

“Think for yourself, decide for yourself what to do with it in the future. There was no shooting training, no theoretical training, nothing.”

In a long thread, Krutov identifies the barracks where the soldier was briefly held, and described how the division in which the soldier is expected to serve suffered a “heavy defeat” in Izyum during Ukraine’s successful counter-offensive.

“Recipe for Slaughter” in Ukraine

In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling described Putin’s draft, and the lack of training for those being drafted, as a “recipe for slaughter.”

“The call-up is an outrage, but not only for the reasons you might imagine. Sending new recruits, poorly trained Russian reservists and untrained civilians into Ukraine is a recipe for slaughter. They will not be prepared for what they will encounter,” Hertling says in the piece.

While Putin claimed to only be enlisting soldiers in his military’s reserves, many Russians have spoken out in recent days about how people with no military experience are being called to serve in the war. Even those in the reserves are likely to have had no real experience on the battlefield, and those who have would still need the training to ensure their safety on the frontline in 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 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He 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.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. aldol11

    September 28, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    on the job training is better than stupid training

  2. TrustbutVerify

    September 29, 2022 at 7:51 am

    OTJ in a war often begins and ends with a bullet wound. The more sweat in training, the less blood in battle.

  3. TraitorMilley

    September 29, 2022 at 10:03 am

    What? They’re not getting their mandatory 80 hours of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity training before deploying? That’s going to go well.

  4. Old Desert Coyote

    September 29, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    There is an old military saying “Train as you fight then you will fight as your trained.” NO TRAINING = NO FIGHTING (just dying)

  5. Lepke Buchalter

    September 29, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Realistic training keeps you alive while you learn the finer points of combat. Basic training doesn’t teach much more than how to fire a rifle. Russian training enables you to die as cannon fodder, making room for the next conscript.
    Even the regular Russian forces used up in the first 7 months didn’t appear to have much training. Drone footage showing Ukrainian attacks demonstrated their lack of training. In the field they live like pigs.
    A Vietnam vet.

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