Last Monday, Kyiv confirmed it had launched its eagerly awaited counterattack in the south. Ukraine’s army made rapid early gains in their original push, breaking through Russian lines in several directions towards Kherson. Over the weekend, the army made further progress, managing to cross the Inhulets River and capture Blahodativka, located just 42 miles from Kherson city.
Now, reports have emerged that Russian troops from the 127th regiment are “rioting” and refusing to fight.
In an update posted to its Facebook page on Sunday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote: “In the area of the settlement of Kherson, servicemen of the 127th regiment of the 1st army corps rioted and wrote a letter refusing to participate in hostilities.
“It is known that one of the reasons is unsatisfactory all-round support: in the advanced positions, the personnel of this regiment was left even without water.”
They added: “Some of the servicemen were taken away by enemy counterintelligence representatives, their further fate is unknown.”
Putin is also facing another potential rebellion from angry troops recruited from the occupied Donbas region.
Soldiers of the 2nd Army Corps from the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic are complaining that they are not receiving the same treatment as their Russian counterparts.
In particular, they claim they are not receiving the same allowances or medical care as other Russian units.
Ukraine’s General Staff noted: “Once again, servicemen of the 2nd Army Corps note the discrimination of their status in comparison with the Russian military.
“The personnel of the units of the said army corps do not receive certain declared allowances, unlike Russian troops in other military units.
“In addition, there is no quality medical care.
“All this significantly affects the deterioration of the moral and psychological state of the personnel.”
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Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, stated that Russia was ready to negotiate Moscow’s conditions for ending the Russian war in Ukraine.
He said the Kremlin would discuss with the Ukrainian President how Kyiv would meet Russian conditions during peace negotiations.
However, he insisted that Russia will complete all stated objectives of the “special military operation”.
Peskov noted: “The operation is underway, all goals will be achieved.”
The Kremlin continues to claim that Ukraine’s southern counteroffensive has failed.