To the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, to the Minister of Defense of the RF. An appeal
We are the artillerymen who were mobilized as part of your order, we arrived to the DPR, to the 1st Army Corps. The Corps command doesn’t listen to us, attempting to form an infantry detachment out of us. According to your order, the mobilized were formed with an artillery specialization and cannot be used for other purposes. The personnel is fully formed to conduct military objectives as part of an artillery battalion. We ask you to look into the matter. We’re already completely trained in line with our original specialty. With respect to you from the mobilized artillerymen.
Comment: This is a video clip translated by Dmitri at WarTranslated.com. It is not an isolated incident. Several Russian military bloggers have spoken of similar cases. Here Alexandr Kots, a military correspondent from “Komsomolskaya Pravda” writes about similar instances on his Telegram channel (@sashakots).
With the training of the mobilized, we have two extremes. At the initial stage, fighters who did not undergo high quality combat training ending up on the front line. Now other stories are coming out. They are trained for one military specialty for a long time and with high quality, but in the end they are sent to a completely different specialty. All preparation is down the drain, and an unprepared unit is going to the front. Prepared for something else.
So now, judging by the appeals to me, it is happening with the Separate 640 Howitzer Battalion, consisting of mobilized people from the Saratov region and the Republic of Bashkortostan. For three months they were trained in the art of artillery, the officers invested their skills and knowledge. And in the end, on December 27, a train with trained artillerymen went to the SMO zone, where, according to relatives (I have a video message), the battalion was told that artillerymen were not needed there. But they needed infantry. A battalion of artillery becomes a whole battalion of infantry. Which, however, was not prepared for infantry operations.
Here my friend, the commander of a howitzer battalion in the 2nd Army Corps, is gathering volunteers all over the country for a new high strength battalion. The Minister of Defense speaks before the President about the creation of five new artillery battalions in strategic directions. And suddenly such wastefulness. The commander of the 640th battalion, they say, tried to fight for his fighters. But unsuccessfully
As it turned out, the transformation of artillerymen, who underwent a three-month training in the specialty, into infantrymen is already a systemic thing. And the artillery battalions, which, upon arrival in the SMO zone, become infantry battalions, are no longer one or two. And as a rule, this happens in one building. Some of them were lucky enough to be trained. But this is rather an exception. And so – either there are no guns, or they are faulty. So, welcome to the infantry. Well, they should have prepared for the infantry. Why waste time and ammunition at training grounds, if you can immediately train those who are needed at the front.
At the same time, there are people who want to join the infantry, but they are not allowed. Here is one of several typical calls: “In our country, on the contrary, people want to get to the front line and not sit in the defense and guard the trenches behind the backs of conscripts on the border.”
Comment: Not only is the Russian mobilization system in shambles, but this situation points out several other deficiencies in the Russian war machine. First, there is a shortage of working artillery pieces at the front. They are either destroyed or worn out. Second, Russian ammunition shortages are real. And third, there is a shortage of infantry to carry out the continuous piecemeal assaults that Russian officers try to pass off as battlefield progress. Such idiocy.
Sadly, Russia most likely has enough guns and ammunition in storage far to the east. It’s a shame that once those guns make their way to the front, there won’t be any Russian artillerymen to man them. Beyond this military incompetency, this is another human tragedy inflicted upon the people of both Russia and Ukraine by the mad dreams of Putin.