Russia

Footage showcases Russian army recruits desperately short of the basics

Russian recruits are being told to use sanitary products to deal with bullet wounds amid claims that they are being asked to provide much of their own kit and equipment.

A clip released on social media seemingly shows Russian recruits being told to buy most of their own kit, with the trainer telling them that the uniform is all that is provided by the military. 

It is impossible to verify if this footage is genuine, but if it is, it showcases a Russian army desperately short of the basics – including battlefield medical supplies. 

Again at their own cost, the recruits are being told to get sanitary products to deal with bullet wounds.

Over the decades these products have been used extensively on the battlefield. They are sterile and are designed to absorb blood.

However, treating battlefield wounds has progressed far beyond where the Russians appear to be. 

There are now far more effective – but more expensive ways of dealing with battlefield wounds.