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Video of fuming Russian conscripts demanding better pay from Kremlin goes viral

A video of fuming Russian conscripts sent to Ukraine to fight has gone viral, as the disgruntled troops demand better pay from Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.

The conditions the men are sent to and the lack of decent equipment has also disgruntled many recent conscripts, who believe they are "cannon fodder".

Recently, a recent conscript was left gob-smacked by the equipment handed out, after he was left with a "paintball vest" to protect him against real bullets.

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That followed news that were told to take tampons to the frontline to soak up blood from bullet wounds, because of a dire shortage of medical supplies for the army recruits.

And tensions have reached boiling point with another batch of soldiers, who in a video shared across Russia on Telegram, air a series of grievances.

One of the troops tells the camera that they have not been paid since being signed up to fight, while many are still missing their equipment.

The troop leader says: "They are not paying us our salaries as promised by the Ministry of Defence.

"This video is being shot on October 21 and our salaries have yet to be deposited.

"I also want to bring attention to the fact that soldiers still don't have their gear, vests, gloves, flak jackets, helmets, armour plates.

"The Turkish gear we have been given is of poor quality."

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CNN's Erin Burnett responded to the clip: "You have these soldiers that are not being trained and not getting anything they need.

"More and more intercepted phone calls or disgruntled videos are coming out."

Phillips O'Brien, a leading expert from the University of St Andrews, added: "It's clear this is something Russia was forced into.

"They weren't able to stockpile equipment. It shows a lack of preparation.

"These are videos that are widely seen in Russia, and Russian media has been quite sensitive to the criticism."

Anastasia, a teacher from Bryansk, posted on Russian social media: “We had to spend our monthly salary on my husband’s gear so that he at least has a chance to come back.

"Frankly, it is completely embarrassing. It is a mess."

One conscript, Vladimir, echoed this: "I even had to paint my gun to cover the rust. It is a nightmare. Soon they’ll make us buy our own grenades."


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