Putin again threatens mutiny by troops freezing in -25C

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Russian troops have complained of freezing temperatures and frostbite (Image: East2west)

Vladimir Putin faces the threat of mutiny among his troops enduring the harsh conditions of his war against Ukraine.

Conscripts in the Novosibirsk region of Russia have asked their wives and sisters to protest to the president on their behalf.

In a video obtained by Astra media, a man describes facing freezing temperatures and little medical attention or food.

“It is now -25°C. We have to live here in the ice. At the same time, our leadership intimidates us,” he said.

“They are not providing medical assistance or rations until we take these positions.

“We want the military prosecutor, the FSB [security service] and Vladimir Putin personally to check this video address.’

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While the troops regard Putin as a benevolent dictator, it is clear that he is using his mobilized men as cannon fodder.

“We believe that such actions by the command undermine the combat capability of our army. In such conditions, people here will just freeze and get sick.

“Who will fight? We won’t even be able to fight… Commanders inform us that they are running out of supplies…

‘You tell us directly that the money [for fighting equipment and rations] was simply stolen. And now they’re demanding we move here…

“Our company will perish here before we even meet the enemy.”

They appealed to the women in their hometowns for help, affirming that they would not refuse to fight, but “would not go to the front and sit stupidly in the trenches waiting for the mortars to come.”

“And now the frost has set in. The temperature outside is -20°C to -25°C… So all hope is on you, wives, sisters. Spread this information as widely as possible…

“We have very little time. You are our only hope.”

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Troops said they were short on medical supplies or rations (Image: social media/e2w)

The men are convinced that in Soviet jargon they will bring 200 – killed – or 300 wounded.

In a plaintive video, they said: “These are mobilized men from the Novosibirsk region in the war zone.

“They send us straight to the front, they get us out of there in two ways, either they load 200 [dead] or 300 [wounded].

‘There’s nothing we can do here. Men sit in the trenches, just sit there for months, waiting for the shelling.”

In another video, men of the 428th regiment in the Republic of Bashkortostan say they face 300 attacks a day without military training.

They said they were forced to buy their own military equipment and food, and had to pay for vehicles themselves to transport dead and wounded comrades.

“We were drafted on September 26, 2022. From the beginning we were told our task [was] to protect facilities in the Liberated Areas,” the men said.

“We didn’t have proper military training… We paid for our own means of communication and surveillance. And we paid vehicles to remove the wounded and killed.

‘We [face] more than 300 strikes per day on our positions. We had two dead, more than a dozen wounded.”

The soldiers requested a review of combat missions and deployment positions, as they were called up during mobilization for territorial defense and not for combat at the front.

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