How Ukrainian Combat Refusal Videos Were Misread
Those mutineers were hardcore
Let’s say that you sent a battalion of troops to the frontline to block a superior enemy without adequate leadership, training, artillery support, heavy weapons, or reliable supplies.
Let’s say that this battalion then spent weeks dutifully defending and taking heavy casualties, only falling back without an order after losing something like a third of its complement wounded and killed?
What would such an episode lead you to conclude about the caliber of these men as soldier material? Personally, it would lead me to believe these men are excellent soldier material.
And if they followed up their unauthorized retreat by issuing a public statement in which they openly called out their command for letting them down and vowed to refuse further combat until their demands were met I would conclude that they were also courageous to boot.