Russia troops slate military as troops show helmet ripped with punch

Russian mobilised soldier reviews his helmet and humanitarian aid

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Russian soldiers are growing furious at Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin for the faulty equipment being provided with broken helmets and military gear. Videos have emerged from Ukraine with troops rebelling against the army and others complaining about the lack of safety given by their equipment. The latest footage from the battleground shows a plastic-like helmet through which a bullet could kill a soldier.

Filming his military gear, a mobilised Russian soldier said: “Here’s a plate, we took it apart. We don’t know what material this is, looks like ceramics. 

“This is some rubber. Here it was pierced with a knife. A hit of about 50kg.

“[It] goes through with a knife. It is not marked. No markings. 

“This is what the new one looks like. The boys were saying they shot it, it goes right through it.”

The unnamed soldier showed how easily their equipment is damaged by knives and bullets, showing how vulnerable they are to Ukrainian offensives.

He said: “The bullet went in and came out here right through the helmet. I don’t know what material this is. 

“I want to believe this is something anti-fragmentation. But I don’t know. 

“This feels like plastic. Here [on top] the guy simply punched it. 

“This material … I don’t know what it is, I can rip it off with my hands, and that’s it really. “

Russian forces appear to be on the back foot in the Ukraine war, with soldiers ordered to retreat from Kherson city by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. Ukrainian troops have retaken the city almost without a fight, delivering another victory for their country. 

Ukrainian forces have mounted a lightning-speed counteroffensive since late August and retaken the Kharkiv and Mykolaiv regions. 

They now appear on the cusp of regaining control of Donetsk and Luhansk – two regions Vladimir Putin annexed in a bid to intimidate Ukraine and consolidate his grasp over the two provinces. 

But Ukrainian soldiers have waged a relentless war on Russian troops stationed in the four annexed regions.

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With winter looming, the top US general has warned Ukraine’s chances of short-term military victory are not high. The Kremlin still has significant combat and manpower inside Ukraine, despite suffering repeated setbacks. 

US army general Mark Milley told a news conference at the US Pentagon: “The probability of a Ukrainian military victory – defined as kicking the Russians out of all of Ukraine to include what they claim as Crimea – the probability of that happening anytime soon is not high, militarily.

He said: “Politically, there may be a political solution where, politically, the Russians withdraw. That’s possible,” adding that Russia “right now is on its back.

“The Ukrainians have achieved success after success after success. And the Russians have failed every single time. They’ve lost strategically, they’ve lost operationally, and I repeat, they lost tactically.”

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