While avoiding declaring general mobilization, the Russian government is proceeding to actively recruit people for professional military service, with 22,200 such vacancies posted to date, Ukrainian state-run misinformation watchdog CPD said in a Facebook post on July 9.
At least seven Russian units deployed in Ukraine have posted vacancy ads for snipers, fire control specialists, drivers, and other specialists. At least two of them – the 64th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, and 104th Guards Airborne Assault Regiment – have since been found to have been responsible for atrocities carried out against civilians in Bucha, near Kyiv.
It appears that 37th Mechanized Infantry Brigade from Russia’s Buryatia is in most need of replacement personnel, as this unit has suffered second-heaviest losses in war in Ukraine so far.
“These vacancies indicate Russian losses and the difficulty they face with hiring military service members,” CPD’s message said.
“A lack of manpower is forcing Moscow to take the ongoing operational pause in Donbas, according to UK intelligence.”