Number of deserters allegedly increased following EU statement on Ukrainian military battle losses

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Following the EU statement revealing the huge amount of Ukrainian military personnel lost in battle, the number of deserters allegedly increased.

According to Andrei Marochko, an officer of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), Ukrainian servicemen began deserting in large numbers following Ursula von der Leyen’s statement about the huge number of losses incurred by the Ukrainian military in the last nine months.

Marochko was allegedly referring to intelligence data that had been collected since the head of the European Commission’s statement last November 30, as reported by on Friday, December 2.

He claimed that the announcement about such large Ukrainian losses during the conflict with Russia had an extremely negative impact on the morale and psychological state of the Ukrainian troops.

“The number of sabotages, unauthorised abandonment of positions in the zone of the special operation, bickering with the command and hazing has increased”, Marochko insisted.

“The use of drugs and alcohol has also increased. There is also a sharp increase in social tension in Ukrainian society”, he continued. According to him, relatives of the Ukrainian military, despite the threat of arrest, began to ‘storm’ the military registration and enlistment offices in their cities.

On the morning of November 30, Von der Leyen issued a statement in which she announced that the losses of the Ukrainian army “amounted to over 100 thousand soldiers killed”. However, after some time, this phrase was removed from her written statement.

A video containing her message also disappeared from the European Commission head’s Twitter profile, which was reposted, but minus the fragment indicating Kyiv’s military losses.


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