• Russia is replenishing its troops with an unlikely source — African migrants and students.
  • Thousands of Africans have been forced to join in Russia’s war against Ukraine, per Bloomberg.
  • The country has also been plugging its manpower gaps by sending prison inmates to the battlefield.
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He burns whatever he can to avoid touching people in Moscow or St.Petersburg, because that would hit back.

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He gets away with it, which is why he’s doing it. Once other countries close their borders to Russia, the blood fued to retake Crimea will become very real to Russians.

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Not just that, Kremlin recruits people from poorer regions who desperately needs money so there is still plenty support. https://russiapost.info/regions/majority

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Just like Vietnam

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Okay so they’ve used up half of their prisoners and are now forcing students into the military?

“In fact, Russia has recruited so many inmates that it has started to close down some of its prisons.”

There’s no way that they have this troops reserve number that is touted.

Putin’s getting his ass kicked.

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I’m hoping you’re right. What I could imagine is that he just wants to burn through the prisoners since if they don’t make it back, that’s less prison costs. So even if he has reserve troops available, he’d rather use prisoners first.

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If that was his plan he should have sent them in first before he lost 470,000 registered soldiers. This is a desperation move, and if not that, then it is one of absolutely colossal foolishness. Neither is a good look for Putin.

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I’m kind of into those countries pouring their precariously accumulated currencies into a shredder.

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Yeah but that shredder is Ukrainian soldiers dying.

So maybe dial down your enthusiasm a bit.

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Prisoners go to war for a limited time, then they get freedom. First waves of prisoners are home now and cause a lot of issues.

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Yup, in a year or two this will piss off many Russians.

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I think the crisis moment for Ukraine has passed mostly. The threat of a breakthrough from a couple of months ago is not gone, but stalled long enough to shore up the defensive lines and have ammunition and supplies delivered from the west (and let’s be honest here, that is still for 90% coming from the US). The strategy for Ukraine should now be to hold line and hit the supply lines.

The sanctions that were implemented take time to really bite and you start seeing the results of these more and more.

One thing I think Ukraine should do is start recruiting mercenaries from Nepal and other places where Russia is recruiting. Since they’re not (or rather “probably would not”) be thrown in the meat grinder, I think that after some time they can dry up those sources too, while at the same time addresing some of their own manpower issues.

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Some African workers have even been threatened with deportation if they do not agree to fight in Ukraine, one European official told Bloomberg.

I wonder how many choose deportation as the least worst option, or whether they’re really given the choice.

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Plot twist: they are deported to Ukraine.

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Lmao. Students. Nice. That’ll earn you support.

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Putin knows damned well that if he fails to take Ukraine, the Oligarchs will have him killed

Is thispure speculation, or do you have sources having this up?

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and now that they’re fresh out of young men, they’re press-ganging old men and anyone else who can hold a rusty rifle and get their ass shot off in Ukraine.

The average age of a Ukrainian soldier is 43 years old.

The average age of a Russian soldier is 35 years old.

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Isn’t it weird that the country being invaded has a lot of older soldiers joining the fight to defend their homes and children? Almost like invading a country and being invaded are two entirely different things that can’t be easily compared.

Are you actually a tankie for modern day Russia? Are you actually trying to defend them? You know they’re just capitalists, right? Like they don’t even pretend to be socialist anymore.

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Are you actually a tankie for modern day Russia? Are you actually trying to defend them?

I am posting statistics in response to claims another poster made. I am not defending anyone here. I think both sides in this conflict are horrible for various reasons. If that lines up with whatever vague definition of “tankie” we’re running with today, then I guess that makes me a tankie or whatever.

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