British intelligence has claimed that Russian forces will see a decline in morale as it faces mutinies from its soldiers.
The U.K.’s Ministry of Defence Twitter page has given regular updates about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine since the war began.
On Monday, the Ministry of Defence said Russian forces were suffering significant issues among officers, impacting their effectiveness in combat.
“With multiple credible reports of localized mutinies amongst Russia’s forces in Ukraine, a lack of experienced and credible platoon and company commanders is likely to result to a further decrease in morale and continued or discipline,” the post said in one of his bullet points.
The post went on to claim why Russia was struggling in the battle with its officers.
“Russia has likely suffered devastating losses amongst its mid and junior ranking officers in the conflict. Brigade and battalion commanders likely deploy forwards into harm’s way because they are held to an uncompromising level of responsibility for their units’ performance.
“Similarly, junior officers have had to lead the lowest level tactical actions, as the army lacks the cadre of highly trained and empowered non-commissioned officers (NCOs) who fulfil that role in Western forces.
“The loss of a large proportion of the younger generation of professional officers will likely exacerbate its ongoing problems in modernizing its approach to command and control.
“More immediately battalion tactical groups (BTGs) which are being reconstituted in Ukraine from survivors of multiple units are likely to be less effective due to a lack of junior leaders.”
Newsweek has contacted Russia’s Office of Foreign Affairs for comment.
Russian forces have also faced resistance from soldiers who have already fought in Ukraine and are refusing to return to the conflict, according to reports from the Russian news outlet Caucasus.Realities.
Members of the Russian Guard from Krasnodar, a city in Russia, have filed reports refusing to be sent back to Ukraine. According to a source from the Federal Troops of the National Guard, several of the soldiers cited dissatisfaction with the amount they were paid during their time in Ukraine from February to April as the reason for not going into combat, Caucasus Realities reported.
The source explained in the report that part of the reason paychecks were shrinking was due to the growing exchange rate of the ruble, Russia’s currency.
“Just the other day, a payment for the second month of being there came. And if for the first month they paid 100 thousand, now it’s 50. The command explained this by the fall in the dollar exchange rate—the payment is calculated from about 50 dollars per day of stay, but is made in rubles at the Russian exchange rate,” the source said.