Due to high casualties among its troops, Russian invading forces are replenishing the ranks of their infantry with kidnapped residents of recently occupied towns, the head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhiy Hayday, said on Aug 4.
He said the invaders are trying to improve their tactical situation every day by using artillery and conducting numerous assault actions.
“They don’t bother counting the casualties, because mostly it’s the residents of the occupied territories who die,” Hayday wrote on Telegram.
“The Russians don’t need them in the future, because for eight years the population of the so-called ‘LPR’ (the part of Luhansk Oblast occupied by Russia since 2014) has been a burden on the Russian state budget. Now the men are ‘working off’ these financial losses.”
According to Hayday, “everyone who can be mobilized has already been mobilized on the territories that have been occupied since 2014,” and “now even irreplaceable miners are being taken away.”
“Those who didn’t have time to evacuate to safe regions of Ukraine are suffering now,” Hayday said. “They are sent to military registration and enlistment offices against their will.”
Hayday said that according to available information, from the town of Starobilsk alone, the Russians sent about 80 people to the front lines this week.
“They replenish the assault groups that the Armed Forces of Ukraine regularly neutralize,” he said.