Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the issue of casualties in the Kremlin Army is very recurring. Likewise, the enormous number of Russian casualties is striking, which Moscow refuses to confirm, when it comes to one of the most powerful armies in the world. In the bitter battles in Donetsk, both in Bakhmut as in Avdiivkathe Ukrainian soldiers denounce authentic carnage and how the young recruits go to the front, to be placed in the front line to die in the first combats.
There has been talk of this Russian technique and the poor equipment of Russian troops, but now British intelligence has found another clue. Alcoholism among Russian soldiers.
If the Ukrainian ambassador in Spain told LA RAZÓN in February 2023, on the occasion of the first fateful anniversary of the war, there were already more than 150,000 deaths in the Russian Army, Now the casualties in the Russian troops are already around 200,000, according to reports from British Intelligence.
The truth is that Russia has not updated its casualty count since the fall of 2022, when the Kremlin announced the partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists. So the defense minister Sergei Shoiguannounced that since February 5,937 had died. A derisory figure compared to Western reports.
This weekend, the UK Ministry of Defense has assured that despite the fact that Russia has suffered around 200,000 casualties since the beginning of its large-scale invasion of Ukraine, “a significant minority of these have been due to non-combat causes.”
In these non-combat causes, the British Ministry of Defense indicates that an “extremely high” number of deaths of Russian troops during the Russian invasion are related to the abusive consumption of alcohol.
According to the latest intelligence update from the British ministry, Russian military forces are injuring themselves as a result of mishandling weapons and excessive alcohol consumption.
What’s more, a Russian news channel on the Telegram social network reported on March 28 that there have been an “extremely high” number of alcohol-related incidents, crimes and deaths among deployed Russian troops.
Other probable causes of non-combat casualties include mishandling weapons, traffic accidents, and weather-related injuries such as hypothermia.
However, from London they assert that although the Russian commanders presumably consider that the widespread abuse of alcohol is especially detrimental to combat effectiveness, however, excessive alcohol consumption, widespread in much of Russian society, is considered for a long time a part tacitly accepted part of military life, even in combat operations”.