Russia deploying ‘barrier troops,’ ‘blocking units’ to stamp down on desertion in Ukraine
British intelligence spoke about the use of blocking units by the Russian troops (Photo:Command of airborne assault troops)
Russian forces have likely begun to deploy “barrier troops” or “blocking units” behind the main body of their forces, UK Defense Intelligence said in their daily update on Twitter on Nov. 3.
These units are meant to incentivize recently mobilized Russian soldiers to stay at their posts and fulfill orders, often by using force, including summary execution, to enforce discipline.
“Recently, Russian generals likely wanted their commanders to use weapons against deserters, including possibly authorizing shooting to kill such defaulters after a warning had been given,” the UK intelligence agency said.
“Generals also likely wanted to maintain defensive positions to the death.”
The UK Defense Ministry stressed the tactic of shooting deserters likely attests to the low quality, low morale and poor discipline of Russian forces.
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