Merciless measure in war
Russians send the wounded straight back to the front
If you can walk, you can fight: this seems to be the new motto of the Russian military. Civil rights activists report that after treatment in the hospital, the wounded have to go straight back to the combat zone instead of recovering.
Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin is missing the soldiers. even sends wounded soldiers back to the front.
Jenny WagnerEditor News
Shrapnel in the limbs and punctured lungs – many soldiers at the front do not emerge from the battle without injuries. But it gets worse. As the independent news portal Agentsvo writes, wounded Russians are sent back to the front before the doctors give their approval.
Normally, the system in Russia works like this: when wounded soldiers are discharged from the hospital after treatment, a medical commission checks whether they are fit for work or service again.
But now doctors, human rights activists and lawyers in Russia are sounding the alarm. “Since the outbreak of the war, the system has been completely ruined,” criticizes Valentina Melnikova, a member of the Soldiers’ Mothers Committee. “Doctors can no longer check whether someone is fit for duty,” she says.
According to Melnikova, Russian soldiers with serious injuries are ordered back to the combat zone by their commanders without the permission of the commission. There is an “an unacceptable number of such cases”.
Back to the front with a shattered lung
For example, according to Melnikova, two soldiers who had been treated for two months for serious lung injuries were sent back to the front instead of to the medical commission. Soldiers whose organs were injured by grenades met the same fate.
Soldiers with ulcer diseases and men who have suffered strokes or heart attacks in war also seem to have no time to recover. They too often have to return to Ukraine.
“This really shouldn’t happen”
Olga Demichewa, a member of the Human Rights Council, told state news agency Ria Novosti: “Soldiers with recommendations for rehabilitation and follow-up care were immediately sent back to the front, making treatment completely free and people suffering serious health consequences.”
When injuries are not treated properly and body parts are not amputated, disease spreads. The incidents would increase. “Something like that really shouldn’t happen,” Demichewa said.
Many mobilized soldiers now complain that they are only seen as cannon fodder and are sometimes sent into combat without equipment or training.