A man believed to be a Russian serviceman walks as he carries two rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers while he and his comrades change shifts, near a military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) - GM1EA3K1TGC01

In the past few months of the war of aggression against Ukraine, there had been repeated reports of falling morale among Russian troops. Just yesterday, the US magazine Newsweek reported on a Pentagon briefing in which a high-ranking US military officer gave his assessment (source here).

He said there that the USA had “a whole series” of reports about the “miserable” morale among the soldiers. In particular, the intensified attacks with the Himars rocket launchers are said to contribute to demoralization.

The Yahoo News portal is now reporting, citing Russian government documents, an incident that is now being investigated (source here). He is said to have happened in Cherson, the city in southern Ukraine that is considered a key in the Ukrainian counter-offensive – in a bar.

According to the report, three officers from the FSB secret service found three soldiers there who, according to the documents, were “idling away and consuming alcoholic beverages”.

Since they were doing this in uniform, the FSB men stepped in. One of the soldiers is said to have fired shots at the ground, apparently there was a scuffle. In the end, according to the report, two of the officers and a soldier died, two others involved were injured, and one officer fled.

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