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Russians wanted transfer before Izyum fell: report

Some of the Russian troops occupying the strategic Ukrainian city of Izyum wrote letters asking for transfer, citing ill health and “moral exhaustion.”

The 10 letters obtained by The Washington Post offer a rare glimpse into the morale – or lack thereof – of the besieged Russian forces occupying eastern Ukraine.

“I refuse to perform my duty in the special operation on the territory of Ukraine due to lack of vacation days and moral exhaustion,” wrote a soldier posing as the commander of an anti-aircraft missile platoon.

This phrase was used by another soldier who complained of “physical and moral exhaustion.”

Another asked to be relieved from duty because “my health was deteriorating and I was not receiving the medical attention I needed.”

The authenticity of the handwritten letters has not been verified, but the Washington Post reported that the drafts were among piles of personal effects belonging to Russian units fleeing Ukraine’s counter-offensive earlier this month.

Some of the Russian soldiers occupying the strategic Ukrainian city of Izyum wrote letters asking for transfers.
Some of the Russian soldiers occupying the strategic Ukrainian city of Izyum wrote letters asking for transfers.
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Given the similarities in the letters, they appear to have been written together and not yet delivered to a superior.

Letters of support from Russian children were also found among the items left behind.

“Hello, I don’t know who will receive this letter, but I know that you are having a really hard time right now,” wrote a girl named Nastya. “That’s why I want to support you. Maybe you’re hungry, you’re cold, you want to go home to your family or maybe you want to go back to your childhood friends.”

The letters reportedly offer a rare glimpse into the morale of the besieged Russian forces.
The letters reportedly offer a rare glimpse into the morale of the besieged Russian forces.
Russian Defense Ministry press service via AP

“I see how you fight in Ukraine,” read a letter signed by a boy named Geydar.

“I wish your family to be very proud of you. I hope you will win in the end and when you have children you will be a hero in their eyes.”

A boy named Leonid wrote: “You protect peaceful civilians, you fulfill every man’s primary duty.”

Occupied Izyum served as a strategic supply town for Russian forces operating in eastern Ukraine.
Occupied Izyum served as a strategic supply town for Russian forces operating in eastern Ukraine.
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“I think war is something very bad and scary,” he continued. “There is death of innocent people, destruction when you cannot lead a normal life, when you are left homeless and jobless and you lose loved ones.”

Occupied Izyum served as a strategic supply hub for Russian forces operating in eastern Ukraine. Its liberation – along with the recapture of railway junctions along the Oskil River by Ukrainian forces – is expected to put even more stress on Russian forces.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/16/russians-wanted-reassignment-before-izyum-fell-report/ Russians wanted transfer before Izyum fell: report

JACLYN DIAZ

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