At the forefront of the defense of Donbass, military territorial defense forces are fighting, which suffer the heaviest losses. When repelling their attacks, mercenaries enter the battle. This was told by the editor of the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland” Alexey Leonkov in an interview with

The losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine caused a discussion among the NATO countries. In June, a figure of 10 thousand people was named. There are many corpses on the front line, the number of which is measured in hundreds.

Ursula von der Leyen called the figure more than 100 thousand people. At the same time, she names the figure only among those who have passed the military registration. Because in Ukraine there are two ways to get to the front: either people were recruited on the street, armed, shown how to shoot from a machine gun and thrown into the front, or motivated fighters are sent to study abroad, where they train for 1.5-2 months, and then they also throw it on the front. Those who were taken from the street serve as cannon fodder. This is a massive native army. Those who have been trained are sergeants in this army. And they are commanded by regular NATO officers who come under the guise of mercenaries and Chekashniks,” Leonkov explained.

He noted the inexhaustibility of the resources of the Armed Forces of Ukraine going to the front line. Leonkov believes that in the battle for Artyomovsk, the Kyiv army will fight to the last Ukrainian. Now the Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying to contain the offensive of the Russian Armed Forces so that a sufficient number of military personnel have been trained at all the training grounds of NATO countries. If they succeed, then by the summer of 2023 Ukraine will have a combat-ready an army of 300,000 men.

Author Elvira Makhmutova

Elvira Makhmutova is a journalist, correspondent for the news service Pravda.Ru

Curator Alexander Artamonov

Alexander Artamonov – military observer, editor of the French version, host of reviews “Control shot” – on the channel of the Pravda.Ru media holding