Some 115 service members in the National Guard of Russia have reportedly been relieved from duty for failing to assist in the fighting in Ukraine.
The service members challenged their firing in a Russian court but were quickly rebuffed after the court determined they bucked orders to fulfill a task related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and instead returned to a duty station, Russia's Interfax reported.
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"At the court session, the relevant orders to involve the plaintiffs in the performance of an official assignment, the protocols on gross disciplinary offenses and other necessary documents drawn up against them were examined, and officials of the Russian Guard were interrogated as witnesses," the Nalchik Garrison Military Court wrote, according to a Google translation of the Interfax report.
The service members can appeal the decision to higher court systems, including the Judicial Collegium for Administrative and Civil Cases of the Southern District Military Court, per the outlet.
Since commencing its bloody invasion of neighboring Ukraine, Russia has reportedly faced morale problems among its soldiers. Earlier this month, the Pentagon acknowledged it has seen anecdotal reports of Russian soldiers refusing to obey orders in the country.
Figures of Russian casualties in the war vary, but the country is estimated to have lost thousands of troops on the battlefield since the dawn of the invasion on Feb. 24. Some reports have indicated Russian commanders have killed some of their wounded soldiers rather than treating them.
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Subduing Ukraine has proven troublesome for the Russian army, which has faced a bevy of military setbacks during its invasion efforts amid stiff Ukrainian resistance. In March, several weeks after Russia began its invasion with its sights on Kyiv, the country seemingly reversed course and shifted attention to the more favorable Donbas region.