ER Editor: Here’s the RT report and the TASS report it is taken from. We are not at all surprised by this story. For many months, Ukrainian men (women now we believe, although we’re not sure about this aspect of the reporting) have been sent into what has commonly been called a ‘meatgrinder’.
Many Ukrainians have fled the country; it was estimated several months ago that a new recruit’s chance of surviving on the battlefield was about 4 hours. Ukrainian servicemen have frequently gone on camera testifying to the corruption of their leaders; dead servicemen are often not reported as such so that their pay can be collected by their superior officers. Colonel Douglas Macgregor said a while back that Ukraine had gone through the equivalent of almost three armies. That estimation must surely be higher now. Reports with video footage showing Ukrainian men being pressganged into service have been circulating a long time.
Ukrainian troops surrendering en masse – TASS
More than 10,000 of Kiev’s forces have reportedly laid down arms in recent weeks, using a special radio channel to contact the Russian military
Large numbers of Ukrainian troops have surrendered to the Russian military in recent weeks, using a special radio frequency designed for fighters willing to lay down arms, TASS reported on Wednesday.
The frequency, 149.200 call sign ‘Volga’, was set up by the Russian military during the summer. Thus far, it has been used by more than 10,000 Ukrainian servicemen who were subsequently taken into Russian custody, according to a source with knowledge of the situation cited by TASS. The person added that the radio frequency is active along the entire front line.
“More than 10,0000 Ukrainian soldiers have chosen life and used the 149.200 ‘Volga’ frequency to surrender. The prisoners are well-fed and are provided with all the necessary medical care,” the source stated.
The process has seemingly accelerated recently as Ukrainian troops have surrendered in groups rather than individually, particularly around Rabotino, according to the TASS source. The village in Zaporozhye Region has become the scene of intense fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces in recent weeks.
Rabotino remains one of the major flashpoints of the conflict, with the area repeatedly subjected to attacks during the long-heralded Ukrainian counteroffensive launched in early June. The push has thus far failed to yield any tangible results, while reports have indicated that Ukrainian forces are sustaining heavy personnel and materiel losses in the process.
According to Moscow’s latest estimates, Kiev has lost more than 17,000 servicemen this month alone. The total number of Ukrainian troops killed since the counteroffensive began has now surpassed 83,000, with over 10,000 pieces of heavy military hardware also destroyed, according to the Russian military.
Over 10,000 Ukrainian fighters surrender since summer using special radio frequency
According to the source, the radio frequency operates in all directions of the line of engagement in the special military operation zone
MOSCOW, September 27. /TASS/. About 10,000 Ukrainian servicemen have already surrendered to Russian forces using the special 149.200 “Volga” radio frequency, which has been operating since mid-summer, operational services told TASS.
“Now more than 10,000 Ukrainian servicemen have already chosen life and used the 149.200 ‘Volga’ frequency to surrender. The captives are being fed; they are being provided with all necessary medical care,” the source said, noting that the dedicated radio frequency operates in all directions of the line of engagement in the special military operation zone.
He pointed out that the number of captives surrendering has increased recently. This is due, among other things, to the pro-Russian underground, whose activists spread information about the option of surrendering in the special military operation zone in those cities controlled by the Ukrainian armed forces.
“There have already been cases in [the frontline village of] Rabotino when Ukrainian fighters made use of the 149.200 ‘Volga’ frequency to surrender in entire groups,” the Union of Veterans of the Special Military Operation told TASS.
The 149.200 frequency, which can be accessed on any digital radio, is specially designated to be used by Ukrainian servicemen as a channel for communicating their intention to surrender to the Russian military, which can then locate them and take them captive safely, thus saving the Ukrainian servicemen from risking their lives crossing minefields to reach the Russian lines. The project has been operational since mid-summer.
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