Ukraine is sending untrained soldiers to the frontlines of Bakhmut in preparation for an expected counteroffensive.
According to The Wall Street Journal, 11 out of the 16 recently-killed draftees were “mostly poor men from villages in the northeastern Kharkiv region, many of them unemployed, doing odd jobs as handymen or shift work at factories in the regional capital.”
Many of the men lacked combat experience and had never fired a gun.
Reporting from Information Liberation:
The Washington Post spoke to a Ukrainian battalion commander in March who said he was being sent fresh recruits who didn't want to fire their guns because they were afraid of the sound.