The Russian command has awarded him the Order for Courage
In late October, a Russian captain and commander of one of the companies fighting in the Donetsk direction received the Order of Courage. His squad [company, OFP] of 140 men was deployed to the combat zone on October 14. The mobilised men were actually thrown in with machine guns against tanks, without any ammunition or food supplies. For about a week, the invaders were eating what they could find and drinking water from puddles, 24tv.ua writes.
They had no communication with the high command, so none of them could arrange for the evacuation of the wounded and the removal of the bodies of the dead. And they did not really want to, as the Russians’ first priority in the war zone was the question of survival.
When being on the front line became unbearable for the captain he decided to announce to the rest of the company that he would command the detachment a little farther away from the place where the personnel were dislocated. He said he would get away for a better assessment of the operational situation. At that time there were only 37 mobilised men still alive in there.
The commander then hid in a nearby plantation between the company and the barrier squadron, where he spent almost a day. On the same night they came under a crushing artillery fire. When the captain returned he was absolutely drunk. Only three of his company were combat-ready. He shot his subordinates, after which he fled for good. This moment was captured on video from a drone by the Ukrainian defenders.
The officer explained to the high command that he had managed “to hold back the Polish mercenary offensive on his own”, while all his subordinates were killed in action. He had been awarded a medal for such a deed.
Below, from Kanal 24
At least until the moment when the mobilized officers realized that under certain conditions they would not be punished for desertion in any way.
Desertion does not count if all subordinates are dead
- The laws in force at the forefront of the Russian army are distorted to the maximum and have nothing to do with morality. The officers who are supposed to lead the units on the ground leave their subordinates without communication and are only concerned with saving their own lives.
- At the beginning of a full-scale war, such tactics were demonstrated exclusively by the commanders of groups of personnel troops of the Russian Armed Forces, who fled from the battlefield, leaving the soldiers with no chance of survival. It was much easier for them to desert and report to headquarters that their platoons and companies were destroyed or missing.
- In this case, both the lieutenant-captains themselves and the generals won – they got the opportunity not to report irretrievable losses and save the money allocated for compensation to the relatives of the dead. After all, if there is no body, then there are no payments.
- The commanders of units of all ranks themselves were not punished in any way for fleeing from the battlefield. Since the Russian invader army had been experiencing a shortage of officers since February 24, and every commander who was able to at least point the finger at the invaders to the place where dugouts needed to be equipped was worth its weight in gold.
- With each week that the “special military operation” dragged on, lower-level officers became more and more valuable cadres for the invaders. However, it turned out that Russia did not have conscious reserves of command. There were no sergeants with combat experience left before Putin announced the mobilization. Neither for training and preparing new units, nor for managing them.
- Therefore, the Russian military leadership was forced to choose the commanders of the newly created from the mobilized detachments directly among the Chmobiks. The training of such groupings was either not engaged in at all, or cadets of military schools were attached to it.
- Since the units were commanded by the same mobilized, who actually came to the invading army from outside the system, on the battlefield such officers showed themselves exactly the same as their subordinates: they hid in confusion, gave the order to retreat in panic, and gave extremely mediocre orders. However, those “chmobiki” officers who managed to survive the first week of participating in hostilities quickly realized that running with the front line of the entire unit was tantamount to dooming themselves to death. There is no punishment for mistakes in managing a unit, and the departure from the battlefield of one of the officers is generally almost not welcomed if the grouping was destroyed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
- In fact, the Russian generals legalized the desertion of commanders in the event that they report that all subordinates were killed. So if you run away from the battlefield, talk about how, after the death of all your subordinates, you heroically fired back at a million Polish mercenaries, and then broke out of the encirclement with a knife, you can also get a medal.
- Of the 140 people, only three survived, but they were killed by an officer
- At the end of October, the Order “For Courage” was received by a Russian “chmobik” captain and commander of one of the companies that fought in the Donetsk direction. His detachment, consisting of 140 people, was transferred to the combat zone on October 14. The mobilized were actually abandoned with machine guns against tanks, without the delivery of ammunition and food. For about a week, the invaders ate what they could find and drank water from puddles.
- They had no connection with the high command, so none of them could ensure the evacuation of the wounded and the removal of the bodies of the dead. Yes, and I didn’t really want to, because in the first place in the combat zone for the Russians is the question of survival.
When the stay on the front line became unbearable for the captain, he decided to announce to the remnants of the company that he would command the detachment a little further from the place of deployment of personnel. Like, he will depart for a better assessment of the operational situation. At that time, only 37 mobilized remained alive in the mouth.
After that, the commander hid in the nearest landing between the company and the barrage detachment, where he spent almost a day. On the same night they were subjected to crushing artillery fire. When the captain returned, he was completely drunk. Together with him, out of the entire company, only three were combat-ready. He shot his subordinates, after which he finally disappeared. The defenders of Ukraine filmed this moment from a drone.
The officer explained to the high command that he managed “to independently restrain the offensive of the Polish mercenaries”, while all his subordinates died in battle. For such a feat he was awarded.