Russian marines complain over loss of 300 people in 4 days — Meduza

7 November 2022, 11:31 AM
Russian military (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Russia / Facebook)

Russian military (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Russia / Facebook)

Servicemen from the 155th Marine Brigade of the Russian Pacific Fleet are reported to have sent a letter to the governor of Primorye Oleg Kozhemyako complaining about heavy losses near the village of Pavlivka in Donetsk Oblast, Russian outlet Meduza reported on Nov. 6.

According to the publication, which cited a number of sources, the complaint was reported by the "military correspondent" of the propagandist media VDTRK Alexander Sladkov, a former adviser to the head of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, as well as Anastasia Kashevarova, and other Russian propaganda sources.

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The full text of the letter was published by the Grey Zone Telegram channel. Meduza cannot verify the authenticity of the text. Sladkov and Kashevarova did not disclose the data on losses and the names of commanders given in the letter.

According to the Grey Zone, in the letter, the marines claim that in four days they lost "about 300 people killed, wounded and missing" during an "unfathomable offensive" on the village of Pavlivka near Vuhledar in Donetsk Oblast.

According to the alleged authors of the letter, their commanders — "General Muradov and his fellow countryman Akhmedov" — planned the offensive so that the former "earned bonuses in the eyes of the Chief of the General Staff" Valery Gerasimov, and the latter received the title of Hero of Russia.

"They don't care about anything — just to show themselves. They call people (cannon) fodder," the letter reads.

The marines ask Kozhemyako to appeal to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief with a request to send an "independent" commission, not related to the Ministry of Defense, the letter says.

The governor of Primorye did not confirm the receipt of the letter by the time of publication of the report.

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