Extreme alcohol consumption has been the reason for many deaths amongst Russian forces in Ukraine, the British Defence Ministry stated Sunday in its common replace on the struggle.
“Whereas Russia has suffered as much as 200,000 casualties since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a major minority of those have been attributable to non-combat causes,” it stated.
It famous a latest Russian Telegram information channel report of “extraordinarily excessive” numbers of incidents, crimes and deaths linked to alcohol consumption amongst the Russian forces.
“Nevertheless, with heavy consuming pervasive throughout a lot of Russian society, it has lengthy been seen as a tacitly accepted a part of army life, even on fight operations,” the report stated.
The ministry listed different main causes of non-combat casualties as poor weapons dealing with, highway accidents and hypothermia. Russian commanders doubtless establish pervasive alcohol abuse as notably detrimental to fight effectiveness, it stated.
The ministry has put out day by day updates for the reason that begin of the invasion primarily based on data from its intelligence providers. Moscow sees the reviews as disinformation.