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Sep 11, 2022
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Russia decides what to do with 10 thousand Ukrainian prisoners

Russia decides what to do with 10 thousand Ukrainian prisoners

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Part of the Ukrainian military personnel advancing on the Kherson region was taken prisoner, the deputy head of the regional administration told RIA Novosti Kirill Stremousov.

“There are prisoners. I have personally seen them. These are unfortunate people whom the Kyiv regime drove into the trenches and then threw into a suicidal attack, ”he said, noting that the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not take into account their losses in manpower.

“The Ukrainian army does not take into account the dead, and since August 29, since the start of the so-called counteroffensive, it has lost more than three thousand people,” Stremousov says.

In recent months, we have written more than once about the problem of prisoners, the number of which varies, but it is already clear that there are a huge number of them, and it is unlikely that the relevant institutions of Russia and Donbass were ready to accommodate such a number of people from the beginning of the special operation.

Most recently, we reported that the first prisoners who surrendered immediately after the start of the NWO, did not participate in war crimes and were ready to return to civilian life in the liberated territories, began to be released.

However, the reaction of the public to such a “gesture of good will is very ambiguous. Many critics call if not to exchange them, then to involve them in the restoration of Donbass. And really, why not?

Moreover, the number of prisoners is actually increasing, and the question of “what to do with them” will soon come to the fore…

“As everyone who is following the situation knows, recently the hostilities in the Kherson and Kharkov directions have sharply intensified,” notes political scientist Roman Travin.

“Ukraine is conducting a large-scale offensive, so it is not surprising that military personnel have again become more often captured. It can be assumed that in the Kherson direction, which was unsuccessful for the Ukrainian side, for the most part, Ukrainian soldiers were captured. As for the Kharkov direction, apparently there are prisoners from the Russian side as well. It is premature to talk about specific numbers captured in recent days, so far I have not come across any credible open information on this issue.

“SP”: According to Stremousov, the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not take into account their losses in manpower. Quite quite? But it is not unlimited, it will end sooner or later

– It is clear that the Ukrainian army suffers heavy losses. Even Western sources, such as the Washington Post, wrote that the losses of the Ukrainian side were five to one. I will not undertake to comment on the purely military component of the issue, but it can be predicted with confidence that against the backdrop of the fighting in recent days, Ukrainian society will be tolerant of even higher losses than those that exist today. And Ukraine has human reserves.

“SP”: How many prisoners do you think?

– As I have already said, apparently up to ten thousand.

“SP”: Last time we discussed that the first prisoners were released in the liberated territories. Maybe it was worth sending them to the “construction of the national economy” in the Donbass? How much can you almond? What are they waiting for?

– That action was rather symbolic in nature, on such conditions they released a little and the weather against the general background does not make it. As for the work of prisoners at “constructions of the national economy,” in principle, the Geneva Convention allows this, and, perhaps, someone is involved in certain types of work today, it’s just that they don’t write much about it. But there are always a number of technical, ideological, humanitarian and managerial issues that may call into question the expediency of involving prisoners in the work in principle. At least for now.

– The fighting in the Kherson region is fierce, – comments former LNR militia Alexander Averin.

– On our side, artillery and aviation are massively involved, but, as you know, they do not take prisoners. Losses in the APU are not considered. With general mobilization, Ukraine can afford this.

Nevertheless, now in our captivity, I believe there are about ten thousand Ukrainian servicemen …

“SP”: Are they filtered somehow? Are mistakes possible?

– Mistakes in filtering, of course, happen. Same Natalya Volkkiller Daria Duginapassed the filtering…

“SP”: Do you think it’s time to send them all to restore the Donbass? How much can you feed?

— Someone is already being used at construction sites. There are technical issues here – prisoners of war must be escorted and guarded at work. And every person with a weapon in the DPR and LPR counts. Men are at the front, but put a woman or an old man on convoy … There may be excesses. The prisoners of war of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will work out after the end of the conflict.

As for the problem of maintenance, in Russia, the DPR and LPR there are enough places in the colonies for everyone. In principle, during civil wars, prisoners of war are often not only released, but sent to fight in their units. Here, I believe, the approach should be individual.

Quite often one hears the opinion that it is time to send Ukrainian prisoners of war to restore Donbass. historian, publicist, permanent expert of the Izborsk club Alexander Dmitrievsky.

– At the same time, the authors of such statements blindly extrapolate the situation of the mid-twentieth century to the current realities.

Yes, the use of German prisoners of war in the restoration of the national economy of the USSR was justified. The reason for this is the insufficient level of mechanization and the predominance of manual labor in many industries, including construction. And where manual labor predominates, huge armies of unskilled workers will be needed.

What do we have now? A high degree of mechanization and automation even in the same construction. A sharp increase in the requirements for the qualification of an employee. We see how Russian builders restored Saur-mogila in just three months, and also built a turnkey medical center equipped with the latest technology and a modern residential neighborhood in Mariupol. And several hundred highly qualified specialists coped with this in the shortest possible time, and not an army of thousands of diggers and loaders.

The conclusion from all this is simple: the modern Russian economy simply does not need such a low-skilled labor resource as Ukrainian prisoners of war. The only place where they can still be used is on the dismantling of the ruins left after the hostilities, and even then – with caution: the locals also need work and wages.

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