For almost two weeks now, the Russian army is invading Ukraine from the North, East and South and have captured for example Kherson, a major city in the South.
There were reports that initially some Russian soldiers were thinking they were doing an exercise and gave in. Military observers also had been convinced that the advancement of the Russian army during the first days was behind schedule. That might have been a sign of low morale or stronger than expected Ukrainian defense.
Now the shooting and killing goes on for almost two weeks and could become even more deadly with street fights in large cities like Kharkiv and Kiyv seeming to be a serious possibility.
That's why I wonder how the will to fight for Russian soldiers has evolved over the course of that war?
Did they got even more resolved to finish the occupation of Ukraine or are doubts growing and ethical concerns are on the rise?
I assume that killing does not come easy even for soldiers so that having a sound justification for oneself for that is probably very important. Whatever Russian soldiers have been told (maybe something similar to the official narrative like a special military operation to bring down "Nazis"), by now they should have enough contact with the realities of the invasion of Ukraine to have been able compare what they have been told with what seems to happen. Nevertheless, they simply might firmly believe that they are on a just mission there and be highly motivated.
- The morale of any army plays a major role in winning any battle
- Ukrainian army morale has been boosted by the Ukrainian President not fleeing the country and standing by his troops
- It is easier for armies to fight people unlike themselves. Does the cultural proximity of Ukraine and Russia impact the morale of the Russian Army?
- Recent videos by UATV have shown Russian soldiers apparently being misled by their Govt. Should that be considered as a measure of the morale of the Russian Army?