60 elite Russian paratroopers refused to fight in the invasion of Ukraine, report says_laser freckle removal on lips

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Russian paratroopers march during the military parade at Red Square on May 9, 2021 in Moscow, Russia
Russian paratroopers march during the military parade at Red Square on May 9, 2021 in Moscow, RussiaMikhail Svetlov/Getty Images
  • At least 60 Russian paratroopers from a unit in Pskov province refused to fight in Ukraine, a report says.

  • The troops were fired and some are being threatened with criminal prosecution, a Russian newspaper reported.

  • Russian forces have suffered heavy losses and reports suggest that morale is deteriorating.

Up to 60 Russian paratroopers from one unit in Pskov province refused to fight in Ukraine, according to independent Russian newspaper Pskovskaya Gubernia.

The troops were fired, and some were threatened with criminal prosecution for desertion or failure to comply with an order, the paper wrote on its Telegram channel.

Insider was unable to verify the report independently.

Pskovskaya Gubernia is a Russian newspaper known for its independent reporting. Amid the country's crackdown on independent media, last month authorities raided the paper's offices and the homes of senior employees, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Local activist Nikolay Kuzmin, who is affiliated with the opposition Yabloko party in Russia, appeared to corroborate the report on Telegram.

Kuzmin said he spoke to a driver who transported some of the paratroopers from Belarus back to Pskov, an important base for Russia's airborne forces.

Russia's military's airborne force, the VDV, has suffered heavy losses in Ukraine, which has dented their previous "elite" status.

One unit within the VDV, the renowned 331st Guards Parachute Regiment, lost its commander, Col. Sergei Sukharev, and at least 39 other members.

Russian forces have suffered heavy losses since it began its invasion of Ukraine, and reports suggest that morale is deteriorating.

The Pskov paratroopers are not the only ones reported to have refused to fight.

At least 11 members of Russia's Rosgvardia National Guard in the Khakassia region similarly rebelled, Newsweek reported, citing Russian-language news outlet New Focus.

Human rights lawyer Pavel Chikhov said on Telegram that Captain Farid Chitav and 11 of his Rosgvardia subordinates refused to invade Ukraine on February 25 because the orders were "illegal," Newsweek said.

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