British secret services: Russia will probably shoot at Ukraine deserters

According to the British government, Russia has deployed units in the war against Ukraine that are intended to prevent its own soldiers from retreating and deserting.

British secret services: Russia will probably shoot at Ukraine deserters

According to the British government, Russia has deployed units in the war against Ukraine that are intended to prevent its own soldiers from retreating and deserting.

"Obviously due to low morale and fear of combat, the Russian armed forces have begun deploying 'barrier troops' or 'blocking units'," a Defense Ministry report said in London. These units threatened to shoot retreating soldiers to force offensives.

London: Generals want to hold positions to the death

Such an approach is also known from earlier conflicts. Russian generals are apparently intent on holding positions to the death, the statement continued. "The tactic of shooting deserters is probably a testament to the poor quality, low morale and poor discipline of the Russian armed forces."

The British Ministry of Defense has published daily information on the course of the war since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. The government wants to counter the Russian portrayal and keep allies in line.

Moscow accuses London of a disinformation campaign.

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