Amid suspected high losses from the Russian side due to its underwhelming military performance in Ukraine, the Russian healthcare system is reportedly overwhelmed by a large number of wounded soldiers from the frontlines, revealing another weakness of Kremlin institutions.

According to a report by investigative journalism outlet The Insider, hospitals, and care facilities in Moscow, as well as other cities in Russia, are scrambling to hire more medical professionals and recruit more volunteer medical workers to fill the gap left by medical specialists who left to serve in the border regions of Russia.

As it turns out, doctors and medical personnel were ordered to go to the border regions of Russia in preparation for the invasion of Ukraine. The order was apparently a “voluntary-compulsory” business trip, which does not make sense as it is both voluntary and compulsory. Evidence of this is revealed as the Russian Ministry of Health sent requests to Russian hospitals for them to obtain a list of medical personnel that could be sent out to these regions under the guise of a “business trip.”

An order sent to Russian hospitals from the Russian Ministry of Health last February 24th. The document requests that there is a need for the hospitals to identify medical personnel to be sent to "business trips." (newizv.ru). Source: https://theins.ru/obshestvo/250687
An order sent to Russian hospitals from the Russian Ministry of Health last February 24th. The document requests that there is a need for the hospitals to identify medical personnel to be sent to “business trips.” (The Insider)

Many of these doctors were sent to Belgorod, Voronezh, and Rostov-on-Don. They were allegedly forced to sign non-disclosure contracts as the invasion was not announced during that time. In fact, this was when the Russians vehemently denied that an invasion was about to occur. According to insiders interviewed by the news outlet, medical professionals who did not want to go on the “business trip” were threatened indirectly with dismissal from their jobs. Having no choice, this medical personnel were forced to serve their country to treat the incoming wounded soldiers fighting in Ukraine.