Earlier this week, a Russian channel on messaging app Telegram reported an “extremely high” number of incidents, crimes and deaths from alcohol abuse within the Russian military, according to the British. After all, excessive drinking is tacitly accepted as part of soldier’s life, even in combat. “Continued alcohol abuse is having a negative effect on the progress of the struggle,” it said.
Other important causes of the Russian losses are probably poor weapons training, traffic accidents and harsh weather conditions, causing hypothermia, for example.
Since the start of the war, the British Ministry of Defense has published daily updates on the conflict. On the basis of information from the intelligence services, the British government wants to inform the allies and contradict the Russian presentation of the facts. Moscow accuses London of a disinformation campaign.