Dissatisfaction is growing among Russian citizens against Vladimir Putin, the authoritarian leader in Moscow.
However, due to stringent laws that almost entirely prohibit criticism of the regime, few dare to express their discontent openly. Despite this, many Russians are actively engaging in efforts to overthrow Putin, according to Bloomberg reports.
A Unique Ukrainian Battalion
Several Russians who oppose Putin's regime have joined the Ukrainian military. A unique battalion has been formed, consisting entirely of Russian citizens who are fed up with Putin's brutal rule.
"We must destroy the Kremlin government," says a 29-year-old member of the battalion according to YLE. Another soldier in his 40s adds, "As a Russian, I feel responsible for this."
Another member emphasizes that Russia is an "empire that must collapse."
The battalion, known as the "Siberia Battalion," is made up of 60 men, all volunteers, and none are recruited from Russian prisoners of war, according to a Ukrainian military official.
Security Measures and Future Plans
Ukraine has conducted background checks for nearly a year to ensure that no one is attempting to infiltrate their forces. They are also encouraging more Russians to join their ranks. Unlike other volunteer Russian resistance groups, such as the Freedom of Russia legion, this battalion is part of the regular Ukrainian army.