December 9, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Russian troopers have been reportedly instructed to purchase their very own gear, together with a helmet, boots and fight vest
  • A serviceman would want to spend a couple of month’s price of pay on gear 
  • A Ukraine media channel reported that some Russian troopers stole footwear from Ukrainians 

Russian troopers being despatched to struggle within the struggle in Ukraine are being required to buy their very own gear, in response to a report.

Russians getting ready to affix the struggle in Ukraine are being requested to make use of their very own cash to purchase gear and kit they would want on the battlefield. A few of the gadgets they’re required to buy embrace footwear, physique armor and tourniquets, a contract serviceman serving in Russia’s Nationwide Guard instructed The Moscow Occasions.

“In the event that they challenge you a area uniform, you’re in luck — it can save you some cash. We nonetheless have to purchase the jacket and pants, not less than as a change of clothes,” the serviceman instructed the newspaper.

Different contract servicemen instructed the publication that they have been promised a wage of over $3,000 monthly in the event that they joined the struggle. Nonetheless, they have been instructed to purchase their very own gear, together with a helmet, boots, fight vest and a tactical vest. In whole, a serviceman would want to spend a couple of month’s price of pay on gear. 

“A Stage 4 fight vest — which might cease pistol and rifle rounds in addition to shrapnel — prices on common 70,000 rubles ($1,200). A helmet is one other 10,000 rubles ($160). Respectable boots are about 5,000 rubles ($80), and you really want two pairs. A tactical vest prices from 5,000 to 10,000 rubles ($80-160). And also you even have to purchase a jacket, pants, T-shirts and pullovers. That comes out to about 200,000 rubles ($3,365),” the serviceman added.

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The Moscow Occasions’ report is the newest in a collection of widespread proof that the Russian navy is affected by logistical and provide issues amid the struggle.

In mid-Might, the Ukrainian Ministry of Protection’s Primary Intelligence Directorate launched a recording of an intercepted telephone name the place a Russian soldier stated he and others in his unit — together with their battalion commander and workers colonel — have been planning to flee the struggle after they got barely any gear to struggle. The soldier additionally added that they have been solely armed with snipers “from 1945.”

Some Russian troopers additionally stole footwear from Ukrainians, as reported by a media channel in Ukraine. 

Ukrainian soldiersin the custody of pro-Russian navy personnel after leaving the besieged Azovstal metal plant in Ukraine’s port metropolis of Mariupol Picture: Russian Defence Ministry by way of AFP / Handout

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