Angry recruits turn on commander: Senior officer ‘punched up after saying ‘you’re all cannon fodder’
A senior Russian officer reportedly had his face smashed during a fight with angry recruits after telling them their lives were going to be wasted on the front lines in Ukraine.
The mobilized conscripts turned on the Russian lieutenant colonel after he bluntly said, “You are all cannon fodder, you are facing a massacre.”
The high-ranking officer had his face ‘smashed in’ and facial bones broken in a fight in which ‘every single one of them was drunk’, the reports say.
Many of the reservists, among the hundreds of thousands thrown into the war under a decree by Vladimir Putin, were left distraught after being told they would die at the front.
However, the commander was probably correct in saying that Putin’s summons will lead to mass deaths of untrained reservists sent to the front lines.
It’s just the latest story of chaos, fighting and drunkenness among newly mobilized Russian recruits, with reports that many were sent to the front lines with little or no training while being told to buy their own supplies and equipment.
A senior Russian officer reportedly had his face smashed during a fight with angry recruits after telling them their lives were going to be wasted on the front lines in Ukraine. MailOnline was unable to verify whether these images capture the moment.
The fight took place at Moscow’s Rubin Palace of Sports in the Russian city of Penza, where the men were stationed in a makeshift barracks before being sent into battle in Ukraine.
After a counteroffensive from Ukraine this month dealt Moscow’s forces heavy setbacks on the battlefield, Putin called up 300,000 reservists to join the fight.
Russian officers, often conscripted themselves, have been advising new recruits to bring their own sleeping bags, tourniquets, medication and sleeping mats.
One video shows a punch, but it is unclear if this was the fight in which the officer was hit in the face, or just another fight between disgruntled soldiers.
The recruits clashed with top brass at the Rubin Sports Palace in the Russian city of Penza, where the men were stationed in a makeshift barracks before being sent into battle in Ukraine.
Later reports said the unnamed lieutenant colonel’s face was “totally mangled” with broken bones.
A recruit’s brother said: ‘My brother sent me a message just now.
‘There was a lieutenant colonel walking among [the newly-mobilised]telling them: ‘You are all cannon fodder, you are facing slaughter.’
‘There was a fight, the colonel’s face was smashed.
They could hardly separate them. One person got sick [after the cannon cannon fodder threat].
Two ambulances got there within an hour. Many people felt sick, many were crying.
‘One tried to escape, they caught him. It’s a fucking nightmare what’s going on there.
‘There were 1,080 people there now, in Rubin [sports palace]. They’ll end up in knife fights, it’s a complete mess there.
They are all drunk. Each one of them.’
Meanwhile, another video showed what appeared to be a quartermaster talking to new recruits and advising them to bring tampons.
A Russian soldier claiming to be in a trench in Ukraine says he and his comrade (right) were left without food or water and are being shelled.
Medical devices can be used to cover gunshot wounds and stop bleeding in the absence of a medical kit, the woman tells new recruits.
Won’t they give it to us? asks one of the new recruits.
‘It’s all ours, boys,’ the woman yells. They will give you a uniform and armor, nothing more.
However, more videos have surfaced showing a newly recruited tank commander who has been told he will be deploying to the Kherson front line in just two days without even firing a shot at a training ground.
More footage captures two soldiers sitting in a field in Ukraine and complaining that their commanders have abandoned them without food or water, and that they would be better off fighting on the other side.
These are just the latest examples of low morale and preparedness within the Russian ranks after Putin’s army was exhausted in seven months of war in Ukraine.
In footage posted online, the tank commander says: ‘The officers have told us that there will be no training before we are sent to the conflict zone.
Our commander officially confirmed that we will be sent to Kherson on September 29. Make your own decisions about what to do with it in the future…
There has been no training, no shooting, no theoretical training…nothing. F***.’
Mark Krutov, a journalist for Radio Free Europe, managed to locate the commander and confirmed that he is in a barracks called Kalininets in Moscow.
The man said he was a night shift worker from Moscow who was sleeping at home when soldiers knocked on his door and ordered him to come forward.
When asked to explain his complaints, he replied, “I can’t speak right now, things have changed drastically, I hope they get better,” and logged off.
A newly recruited Russian tank commander complains that he and his crew have been told they will deploy to Kherson in two days without training.
Meanwhile, other images showed two men claiming to be Russian soldiers sitting in a trench in a forest, allegedly in Ukraine.
“Here we are in the woods,” the man says to the camera as his partner sits behind him.
‘They just bombed us, they hit us meters away. They left us in the forest… Like cannon fodder sent to the damned forest.
‘What [are our commanders] playing with this army that just doesn’t work? It’s worse than working in the Ukrainian armed forces.
‘F***ing f***ers… And none of our team commanders are here, they all got screwed, they were the first to go. Now it’s just us ‘contractors’.
‘There is nothing in our machines, no supplies, no electronics. No binoculars, no thermal imaging cameras, nothing at all. Machine gun and ammunition. And the bayonet. But there isn’t a damn thing. Here we sit, waiting. Let’s see what happens.
“At night we sit on the battlefield, on the front line. It’s across the field. These bastards have left us without fucking water. Without food. Let’s see what happens next.
In an attempt to solve Russia’s chronic manpower problem, Putin ordered what he called the “partial mobilization” of Russia’s military reserves on September 21.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of men have been sent to military bases where they have been rapidly equipped and given minimal training before being taken to the battlefield.