According to a report from Vertska, an independent Russian media outlet, up to 15 percent of Russian soldiers deployed in Ukraine are using drugs.
The substances reportedly include amphetamines and cannabis, and are said to be easily accessible even near the frontline.
The British Ministry of Defense, in a statement on its website, has deemed the Vertska report "credible."
This assessment aligns with the high number of disciplinary incidents, crimes, and deaths related to alcohol abuse among Russian soldiers since the outbreak of the war.
The report suggests a grim reality for soldiers with substance or alcohol issues in the Russian military. These individuals are likely to be punished by being sent on Storm Z assaults.
This Russian attack tactic involves sending troops towards the enemy with no option to retreat. Soldiers who turn back face the risk of being killed by their own forces.
This situation highlights the challenging conditions and the extreme measures being used in the conflict, raising concerns about the well-being and mental health of the soldiers involved.