Russia-Ukraine war: ‘morale and discipline’ problems hampering Russian forces, says MoD – live

‘Morale and discipline issues’ hitting Russian troops, says MoD

Russian forces are suffering from “morale and discipline issues” in addition to combat fatigue and high casualties, the UK Ministry of Defence says.

A main grievance from troops probably continued to be around pay, including the high chance that “sizeable combat bonuses” were not being paid, the latest British intelligence update said.

At least some “outright corruption” among commanders was probably involved, as well as an “inefficient military bureaucracy”, it said.

The Russian military has consistently failed to provide basic entitlements to troops deployed in Ukraine, including appropriate uniform, arms and rations as well as pay. This has almost certainly contributed to the continued fragile morale of much of the force.

Updated at 02.38 EDT

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This article was written by Emily Dugan and originally published on www.theguardian.com