Putin humiliated as troops rebel after Crimea base blast and ‘refuse to go and fight’

Ukraine: Russia are 'reinforcing their positions' says Dannatt

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The troops from the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) complained of “threats, blackmail, intimidation and deception” to force them to fight, it has been reported. They also complained about being asked to fight in the neighbouring pro-separatist state the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). 

This was despite the fact that they had successfully defended the LPR from Ukrainian forces.

A statement read by one of the fighters slammed LPR leaders who had promised the troops that victory would have been achieved by early July.

He said: “We, servicemen from mobilisation reserve battalion 2740, refuse to go and fight in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

“We have fulfilled our duty for the defence of the Luhansk People’s Republic.

“Victory day was announced by the head of the republic on July 3, 2022.

“With threats, blackmail, intimidation and lies they are now trying to force us to the territory of the DPR.”

It comes as the Kremlin has been forced to pull back helicopters and jets from Crimea after a series of explosions have rocked Russian bases in the region in recent days.

Ukrainian intelligence sources have claimed that 24 fighter jets and bombers along with 14 helicopters have been moved to other parts of the peninsula or back to mainland Russia.

A devastating series of explosions at an air base last week resulted in 20 jets being destroyed and £1billion damage.

On Tuesday a Russian ammunition depot burst into flames after it was hit in a blast leaving two people injured.

Ukrainian military intelligence claimed that the movement of the military equipment was a direct response to the blasts.

They said: “The occupiers are carrying out measures to partially transfer aviation equipment from forward-based airfields in Crimea to reserve airfields and airfields permanently based on the territory of the Russian Federation. 

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“Such activity was noted after a series of explosions at the military infrastructure facilities of the temporarily occupied Crimea peninsula, including at the airfields Saki and Gvardiyske.”

According to Ukraine three Su-34s, five Su-27s, and three other aircraft flew back to Russia from Belbek airfield in Crimea.

They also claimed that six Ka-27 helicopters along with eight others also fled the airfields.

It is also believed that Russia lost at least ten warplanes in the attack on Saki airfield when it was hit last Tuesday.

The attacks on Crimea have demonstrated Russian vulnerabilities and Ukraine’s ability to strike into territory controlled by Moscow.

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