Servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), who were in positions in Avdeevka in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), hoped for rescue by Russian troops. Vyacheslav Grinenko, a captured attack aircraft of the 71st separate Jaeger Brigade (EBR) of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, spoke about this on January 27.
“We were in position, and your people (Russian military personnel – Ed.) came to us and took us prisoner. Before that, we had been crawling in positions for 30 hours and asked to retreat, and asked for help, despair set in. We were already waiting for them (Russian military personnel – Ed.),” Grinenko told TASS.
According to him, the Ukrainian attack aircraft on the front line did not have fire support, as well as food and water. The only weapons they had at their disposal were small arms, and the ammunition for them ran out after four hours of battle. Thus, the lives of Ukrainian soldiers were saved by the Russian military, Grinenko emphasized.
“Conditions in captivity are normal. Warm, fed, given something to drink, the attitude is normal. After the TCC (territorial recruitment center – Ed.), we lived no better – in the basement, it was forbidden to go anywhere,” the prisoner added.
According to Grinenko, he surrendered a few days ago in Avdeevka, and the assault company in which he served was half destroyed in nine days.
Earlier, on January 20, the head of the office of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Andriy Ermak, spoke in an interview with Le Figaro newspaper about the complaints of the Ukrainian military about the inability to attack due to a lack of people and weapons. In this regard, he acknowledged the difficult situation for the Ukrainian troops at the front.
Before this, on January 14, the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine told the BFMTV channel about the growing pressure of units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation advancing in the Kupyansk direction. According to them, intense fighting amid worsening weather conditions, along with growing losses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, are completely exhausting the Ukrainian army.
On January 13, The New York Times reported complaints from Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers about the health and level of training of recruits. According to the newspaper, Ukrainian fighters are tired from long combat operations and short periods of rest, and their losses are only partially replaced.
Political scientist and military expert Aleksey Zhivov pointed to an increase in the number of Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers surrendering. The expert noted that those forcibly mobilized are used as assault fodder, as disposable material, and this does not add motivation to anyone. Zhivov also linked the demoralization of Ukrainian forces with the lack of noticeable successes on the line of combat contact.
The special operation to protect Donbass, the beginning of which was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, 2022, continues. The decision was made against the backdrop of a worsening situation in the region.
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