Russian soldiers must buy their own equipment for war in Ukraine: report


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  • Russian soldiers were reportedly instructed to purchase their own equipment, including helmets, boots and combat vests.
  • Soldiers have to spend about a month’s salary on equipment.
  • Ukrainian media reported that some Russian soldiers stole Ukrainian shoes.

According to reports, Russian soldiers sent to fight in the Ukrainian war have to purchase their own equipment.

Russians preparing to join the war in Ukraine are being asked to use their money to buy equipment and equipment needed on the battlefield. Contract soldiers working for the Russian National Guard said some of the items they had to purchase were shoes, body armor and tourniquets. Moscow Times.

“If they give you a field jersey, you are in luck. You can save some money. At least you need to buy a jacket and pants to change into,” the soldier told the newspaper.

Other contract soldiers told the publication that they were promised more than $3,000 a month if they went to war. However, they were instructed to purchase their own equipment, including helmets, boots, combat vests and tactical vests. In total, a soldier would have to spend a month’s salary for equipment.

“A level 4 combat vest that can stop pistol and rifle bullets and fragments costs on average 70,000 rubles ($1,200). The helmet costs another 10,000 rubles ($160). A decent boot costs about 5,000 rubles ($80) and you really need two pairs. Tactical vests cost between 5,000 and 10,000 rubles ($80-160). You should also buy a jacket, trousers, a T-shirt, and a pullover. It comes out to about 200,000 rubles ($3,365),” the soldier added.

The Moscow Times report is the latest in a series of extensive evidence that the Russian military is suffering from logistical and supply problems during the war.

In mid-May, the main intelligence service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense released a recording of a wiretapping call in which a Russian soldier said he and other members of the unit, battalion commanders and chiefs of staff, were planning to escape the war after the war. Very little gear was provided to fight. The soldier also added that they have only been armed with snipers “since 1945”.

Some Russian soldiers also stole shoes from Ukrainians. report via Ukrainian media channels

Ukrainian soldiers detained by pro-Russian soldiers after leaving the besieged Azovstal steel mill in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense / handout via AFP

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