Russia seeing riots among its troops in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, spokesman says

20 April, 12:52 PM
The Russian occupiers are not paid the promised money, and some of them refuse to fight (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

The Russian occupiers are not paid the promised money, and some of them refuse to fight (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Russian soldiers have begun to riot in the Polohy district of Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Ivan Arefiev, a spokesperson for the Zaporizhzhya Regional Military Administration, said via Telegram messenger on April 19.

"According to Ukrainian intelligence, yesterday, riots of Russian servicemen began in the Polohy district of the region: Russian soldiers do not want to fight because they are not paid their promised salary," he said.

"The 'Kadyrovites' brutally killed three instigators of the riot, who were ready to surrender their weapons and go home,” the spokesperson added, referring to the personal troops of Russian warlord Ramzam Kadyrov, a vassal of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

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Arefiev added that Russia continues to supply weapons to their forces in the occupied territories of the region.

April 20 is the 56th day of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. After being defeated by Ukrainian forces in the north, Russia is still advancing in the east and south.

Since the first days of the war, the most difficult situations have been seen in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Mariupol. For more than a month, Russia also shelled Kyiv and the outskirts of the capital, completely destroying a number of settlements. Large amounts of evidence has since emerged that Russian troops committed atrocities on the civilians in the areas they controlled.

At the moment, the enemy is trying to seize the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that have remained under the control of Ukraine since shortly after the start of the war in 2014. According to Ukrainian and Western intelligence, it is massing its troops for an attack on the Donbas.

In a video address on April 18, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the Russian invaders had begun the Battle for Donbas, and deployed a large part of their army to advance in eastern Ukraine.

The Battle for Donbas has been called by multiple experts to be perhaps the most pivotal battle of the war.

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