Russia: Troops appear to revolt from base in Kazan
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Mobilised Russian soldiers preparing for the war in Ukraine appear to have enough poor equipment and training as a mass walkout is caught on camera in Kazan, southwest Russia. The footage shows uniformed conscripts marching towards a guarded gate and demanding to be let through.
After a short scuffle, the men force open the gate and march out.
The Visegrád 24 Twitter account shared the video with the caption: “Mutiny in a military base in the Russian the city of Kazan.
“Partially mobilized men had enough of the treatment and poor equipment, and decided to head back home.
Guards tried to stop them but were outnumbered.
It comes as a retired US commander Mark Hertling argued Ukraine is “holding the upper hand” against Russia in terms of fighting in winter.
Temperatures are falling in Ukraine with soldiers on both sides facing fighting in freezing conditions.
Mr Hertling told CNN: “The weather plays an equal part on both sides truthfully, but what you’re talking about is the preparedness and the discipline within the force.
“What we’ve seen in the Russian force so far is a lack of discipline, a lack of leadership, poorly equipped.
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“They’re not prepared to address the kinds of things that are associated with winter warfare oil for equipment, the kinds of things you need to stay dry, the uniforms that will keep you warm.
“What NATO is providing Ukraine right now is the type of uniforms they need to sustain themselves.
“They have the shelter, I saw a picture the other day of a Russian shelter that was basically saran wrap wrapped around trees just to keep the wind out. Ukrainians have tents, they have underground shelters.
“So the combination of equipment performance standards and discipline in my view, even though weather is equal to both sides will give Ukraine the advantage in this winter fight but it’s still going to be very tough.
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“The other thing that’s important is during the winter, the daylight, certainly less time of daylight that you can fight.
“The Ukrainians have night vision devices that they can see during the nighttime.
“So you know all of those things play a part and I give the Ukrainians the upper hand and a winter fight in this case.”
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