UK predicts ‘high attrition’ among Russia’s conscripts
27 September 2022 | 1:59 pm
Russian conscripts are likely to be sent to Ukraine with minimal training and preparedness, UK intelligence has said. Russian ally Kazakhstan has refused to back "referendums" in eastern Ukraine. DW has the latest.
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