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Russia sends soldiers loaded with drugs to fight, according to a report by the Royal United Services Institute think tank

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Experts from the London-based think tank Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), citing a source in the Ukrainian army, wrote in a report that Russian military personnel encountered by Ukrainian soldiers often appeared to be “under the influence of amphetamines or other narcotic substances”.

As written in the report of the British institute, sent to fights under the influence of drugs is the Russian “disposable infantry”, consisting of conscripts from the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, prisoners recruited by the mercenary Wagner Group and mobilized recruits.

They fight “until they die”

According to RUSI, drugged soldiers are sent in small groups to clash with Ukrainian defenses and fight “until they die.” Ukrainian soldiers noticed that many Russian soldiers continued to advance even though they were wounded.

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Evidence collected on the battlefield shows that the Russian military is most likely ingesting narcotic substances in liquid form.

Mick Ryan, a retired Australian army general and military strategist, admitted that giving drugs to soldiers is nothing new. “Sending troops under the influence of drugs is quite common in military history,” he added.

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