Russian Soldiers Riot, Refuse To Fight Over Lack of Supplies—Kyiv

A Russian military unit deployed in Ukraine's south has refused to fight over a lack of vital supplies such as water, Ukraine said Sunday. Ukraine's Operational Command

South reported in a Facebook post that soldiers with the 127th Regiment of the 1st Army Corps rioted, and refused to further participate in Russian President Vladimir Putin's war

against Ukraine. According to the command, the soldiers lacked support, while personnel in advanced positions didn't have water. The servicemen were reportedly

removed from their unit as punishment. Newsweek has been unable to independently verify the claims, but has reached out to Russia's foreign ministry for comment.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a U.S. think tank, noted that Russian forces formed the 127th Regiment of forcibly mobilized personnel in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast

in early April, alongside four other DNR regiments: the 103rd, 109th, 113th, and 125th. ISW previously reported that the DNR redeployed the 109th, 113th, and 125th

regiments to northwestern Kherson in late July, and the 109th regiment reportedly surrendered on the first day of the Ukrainian counteroffensive. The think tank assessed it

is likely that Russian forces are reinforcing their front-line positions with inexperienced and forcefully mobilized elements that lack the will to fight. It would not be

the first time Russian soldiers have been accused of refusing to take up arms Ukraine. In July, Andrei Rinchino, legal head of the Free Buryatia Foundation, told Russian

independent media outlet MediaZona that 17 Russian soldiers were detained in Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region for refusing to fight.