(FiveNation.com)- It was reported last week that, to incentives citizens drafted in Putin’s partial mobilization, Russia will offer cash rewards to any drafted soldiers who manage to destroy or capture Ukrainian military equipment.
The Russian Defense Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel announced that Russian soldiers will receive 300,000 rubles ($4,980 US) for a plane, 200,000 rubles ($3,320 US) for a helicopter, 100,000 rubles ($1,660 US) for a tank, and 50,000 rubles ($830 US) each for drones, armored personnel carriers, combat vehicles, or missile systems.
Those soldiers that destroy Ukrainian equipment could receive as much as 100,000 rubles.
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would pay 195,000 rubles ($3,227 US) each month to the Russian citizens drafted as part of his partial mobilization. At the same time, reports emerged that troop morale in Ukraine was declining in part because soldiers already fighting in Ukraine were not receiving their pay.
In a Telegram post, Zvezda boasted that receiving cash awards for military equipment and “success in battle” would be “very motivating for the fighters.”
Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Tatyana Shevtsova had earlier announced that the citizens drafted in the partial mobilization would also be receiving their next monthly payment by December 25, ahead of schedule.
Meanwhile, Russian forces have been experiencing heavy equipment losses in their ongoing fight in Ukraine.
In early November, the UK’s Ministry of Defense reported that by the middle of October, Russian forces were losing on average over 40 armored vehicles a day, which is roughly the equivalent of one battalion’s worth of equipment.
In recent weeks, Russia has been forced to rely on Belarusian stocks, acquiring at least one hundred additional infantry fighting vehicles and tanks.
In late October, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged that there were issues with providing the military equipment for the hundreds of thousands of men being sent to fight in Ukraine and that President Putin had created a council to resolve the problems.