According to a senior official in the Pentagon, Russian volunteers began to refuse to fight because of the successes of the Armed Forces during the counteroffensive. American journalist Jack Detch wrote about it on Twitter.
The high-ranking official noted that the "Wagner" PMC is trying to send 1,500 convicted criminals to war, but many are resisting.
"Ukraine's successful offensive aimed at recapturing most of the Kharkiv region inspired many Russian volunteers to give up the fight," he said.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces reported that due to the significant lack of both human and material resources, the Russian occupiers continue to resort to non-standard ways of replenishing them. For example, 400 people serving time for criminal offenses were sent from the Russian city of Tambov to strengthen units fighting in Ukraine.