More than 100,000 Russian soldiers suffer from PTSD!

The issue of mental health in the Russian military has been a topic of concern

by Sead Dedovic
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More than 100,000 Russian soldiers suffer from PTSD!
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The Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom has officially confirmed, in its recent report, that the Russian armed forces are grappling with a significant mental health crisis. Specifically, a substantial number of Russian soldiers are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Alarming statistics from December 2022 revealed that an estimated 100,000 military personnel within the Russian armed forces are affected by PTSD, a condition that is understandably concerning for Russia and its leadership.

War brings many disasters with it, and this is one of them. The issue of mental health in the Russian military has been a topic of concern, with voices such as former Russian General Ivan Popov consistently highlighting this problem.

However, Popov was relieved of his duties. The chaotic, uncertain, and life-threatening nature of military operations can indeed contribute to the development of PTSD. In moments when one's life is directly threatened, and the constant fear of mortality looms, the human brain can register such experiences as traumatic, leading to the development of PTSD.

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The report further raises concerns about the fitness of military personnel sent to the frontlines. Complaints against Russian military medical commissions have seen a notable increase in 2023 compared to the previous year, with numerous cases being rejected or claims dismissed.

These factors could be contributing to Russia's difficulties in achieving its objectives in the ongoing conflict. It is becoming increasingly apparent that, in the future, Russia may need to recruit a greater number of soldiers to compensate for these challenges.

Nevertheless, this will undoubtedly result in substantial consequences for both the military and the nation as a whole.
Vladimir Putin may indeed find cause for concern in such unfavorable statistics. There is a genuine fear that many more soldiers may endure similar consequences in the future.

The prospect of a peace agreement remains elusive, and the pressing question is how protracted this conflict will endure.

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