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Pro-Russia conscripts dragged to front line with no training, no ...

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Pro-Russia conscripts dragged to front line with no training, no supplies

Sources describe little or no safe water, field rations for one man being shared among several and scavenging for food

Reuters

Military conscripts in the Russian-backed Donbas region have been sent into front-line combat against Ukrainian troops with no training, little food and water and inadequate weapons, six people in the separatist province said.

The new accounts of untrained and ill-equipped conscripts being deployed are a fresh indication of how stretched the military resources at the Kremlin’s disposal are, over a month into a war that has seen Moscow’s forces hobbled by logistical problems and held up by fierce Ukrainian resistance.

One of the people, a student conscripted in late February, said a fellow fighter told him to prepare to repel a close-quarter attack by Ukrainian forces in southwest Donbas but “I don’t even know how to fire an automatic weapon”...

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