Only 15% of Ukrainian Troops on Front: 'Loss of Best Soldiers'

Ukrainians lack military strength, making it difficult to counter Russians with an unfavorable soldier ratio

by Sead Dedovic
Only 15% of Ukrainian Troops on Front: 'Loss of Best Soldiers'
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The situation in Ukraine is becoming increasingly tense day by day, with fears that it will worsen in the coming months. Russians are progressing day by day and achieving victory on several fronts. Of course, Russians are far from capturing key cities, but such progress cannot inspire optimism among Ukrainians.

Although some believe that the main problem in the whole story is the lack of weapons among Ukrainians, the problems are much deeper than that. Specifically, Dmytro Kukharchuk, an officer of the 3rd separate brigade, pointed out that Ukrainians have a problem with military strength. Namely, only 15% of militarily capable Ukrainians have decided to go to the front lines.

Bild writes that Kukharchuk is concerned about this situation, aware that the main problem is the lack of manpower in the army.

“We are holding on, but we have a problem. I used to say that the biggest problem is the lack of artillery shells, but today it is the lack of human resources,” said Dmitry Kukharchuk.

In addition to him, many other important political and military figures in Ukraine are concerned about the future of this country. The biggest problem lies in the fact that Ukraine lacks soldiers, and even those willing to go to war require a period of training. Ukrainians do not have much time, as Russians aim to advance in the coming period. Despite their desire to remain calm and avoid panic, Ukrainians are aware that the situation is far from optimistic.

Mobilization in Ukraine is too slow, and many political and military leaders around the world believe that Volodymyr Zelenskyy must take action on that front. Every day that Ukrainians retreat, Russians have the opportunity to advance. Such an adversary carefully monitors the situation, ready to launch major attacks.

EU defense expert Roderich Kiesewetter had criticism for the Ukrainian leader. Kiesewetter believes that, in addition to the problems they already face, Ukrainians' biggest issue is mobilization. The citizens of this country are not ready to be mobilized. Moreover, many Ukrainians took the opportunity during the early days of the war to leave the country and escape from the war. Roderich emphasizes that Zelenskyy must do something about this issue and urgently change the system.

“Besides the slow and insufficient military, financial and political support from the West, Ukraine’s big dilemma is mobilization. One of Zelensky's main goals is to create a mobilization strategy and model that will lead to greater fairness, predictability and maintaining high combat value. Such a system does not yet exist in Ukraine,” said EU defense expert Roderich Kiesewetter.

Roderich Kiesewetter
Roderich Kiesewetter© Adam Berry/Getty Images News

Considering that this war has been going on for just over two years, there are many problems within the country. Ukrainians have lost a lot of manpower since the beginning of the war. Among these soldiers, a large number are experienced and among the best, who have given their lives for this country. 

The lack of such soldiers has massive consequences for others and their morale. Kieswetter believes that soldiers who have been on the front lines for two or more years are also exhausted. They have been defending Ukraine since day one, but probably could not anticipate that the war would last so long.

Another significant problem is that there are many soldiers on the front lines who are in their middle years (around 40). Among the soldiers, there are not many young ones, who would likely be better equipped to endure the hardships of war.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the military draft and tired soldiers

A few months ago, Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke about the new military draft, lowering the conscription age from 27 to 25. Zelenskyy believes that those who are exhausted on the front lines deserve a break. For him, the priority is for his soldiers to be ready and rested, although it's challenging to expect that soldiers will have all the conditions necessary for war.

"It is a question about how fair recruitment should be and also the question of rotation of people who are very tired at the frontline. Any person ... if you are tired, if you have to go back, you have to rest, than somebody else will replace you," he said.

It must be acknowledged that things are moving positively in some direction, considering that Ukraine has received substantial assistance from the US worth 60 million US dollars. This will greatly help the country defend itself in the continuing war. Volodymyr is pleased with this turn of events, expecting that after such a donation, Ukrainians will have the strength to confront and even progress. Now, his focus remains on mobilization and acting in that direction.

Two years have passed. Ukrainians have shown courage when it was most needed. They will have to continue like this.