Millions of Ukrainians Dodging Draft to 'Avoid Certain Death' Fighting for NATO
"The situation in Ukraine with conscription is very bad,” Viktor Litovkin, a retired Russian Army colonel and veteran military analyst, told Sputnik. "There really just aren't enough people, because almost half of the population of Ukraine is abroad in Europe and in Russia."
"To take just one simple example: in the two months of the counteroffensive, they lost 43,000 people killed and 3,000 armored vehicles destroyed…For comparison, just so that it’s clear what these numbers mean, during the 10 year conflict in Afghanistan [in the 1980s, ed.], the USSR lost 15,000 people killed. 15,000 in 10 years, and here 43,000 in two months. Therefore, in Ukraine, people understand that they are being called up into a meat grinder," Litovkin said.
Ultimately, Litovkin doesn't believe that a further tightening of conscription rules will "save" Zelensky. "They’re now trying to force European countries to deport Ukrainian men from their countries…But this is unlikely to do any good, because if the Europeans begin deporting the 'escapees', they will run elsewhere, to the Middle East, Africa, anywhere just so they don't have to fight."
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"Of course, this won't help. The problem here also is that they are fighting without air support. They're fighting according to NATO templates. But NATO and the United States have never fought with an enemy equal to themselves in strength and firepower. They would always bomb some country from the air, be it Yugoslavia, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and only afterward send in the troops. But in Ukraine this hasn't worked. Ukraine has no aviation, and NATO air power does not fly over Ukraine, because the skies over the country belong to Russian pilots. We have absolute air superiority. Therefore, Ukraine is made to go on the attack without air cover, in flagrant violation of any and all rules of modern warfare," the military observer summed up.