MI6 chief explains how Russia uses its manpower reserves

22 July, 01:51 PM
The funeral of a Russian soldier from Buryatia killed in action in Ukraine (Photo:Люди Байкалу via YouTube)

The funeral of a Russian soldier from Buryatia killed in action in Ukraine (Photo:Люди Байкалу via YouTube)

Poorest Russian rural regions are bearing the brunt of manpower needs of Moscow’s war in Ukraine, head of UK MI6 intelligence service Richard Moore said, as reported by Reuters on July 21.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin still refrains from recruiting middle-class citizens from Moscow and St. Petersburg, Moore said.

According to the top spy, the Kremlin’s campaign in Ukraine is “about to run out of steam,” while “destitute young men” from rural Russia are being recruited to replenish military losses.

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“They come from working-class towns in Siberia,” said Moore.

“Ethnic minorities are also overrepresented among them (new recruits). That’s his (Putin’s) cannon fodder.”

Moore added that “conservative estimates” put Russian losses in Ukraine at around 15,000 troops KIA.

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