The Russian Ministry of Defence has announced it will be sending two “creative brigades” to the front lines to boost plummeting morale in Ukraine.
Opera singers, circus performers and actors are believed to be among the new recruits headed into the danger zones.
The UK Ministry of Defense reported on Russia’s new creative project on Sunday (December 18) and said it followed a recent campaign by Russia to encourage the public to donate musical instruments to soldiers.
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According to RBC, a Russian media outlet, the new unit will consist of soldiers that have been mobilised under President Vladimir Putin’s recruitment drive, as well as sending “professional artists who voluntarily entered military service".
Defence Ministry officials said the new creative unit will be tasked with maintaining a “high moral, political and psychological state [among] the participants of the special military operation."
However, they added that the new “creative brigade” is “unlikely” to have an effect on morale.
A spokesman added: “Fragile morale almost certainly continues to be a significant vulnerability across much of the Russian force.
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“However, soldiers’ concerns primarily focus on very high casualty rates, poor leadership, pay problems, lack of equipment and ammunition, and lack of clarity about the war’s objectives.”
During the Second World War the Soviet Red Army deployed a similar tactic, sending “creative brigades” to front lines.
It comes as Vladimir Putin sent Santa Claus on a trip around Ukraine in an armoured vehicle in a cringe-worthy and lacklustre bid to cheer up his failing troops.
The warmonger president has drafted in the Russian Father Christmas – known as Grandfather Frost – in his latest propaganda stunt to try and boost wilting morale among soldiers.
The supposed figure of joy and peace has been spotted riding in a Russian armoured vehicle in the Belgorod region.
It comes as Ukraine is bracing itself for the invasion of "millions" of Russians as Putin's invasion of the country intensifies.
Ukrainian Major-General Andrii Kovalchuk revealed the country was anticipating a potential attack on Kyiv in 2023.
He confirmed to Sky News: “We foresee such options, such scenarios. We are preparing for it. We live with the thought that they will attack again. This is our task.”
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