There is a growing discontent among units within the Russian occupying army, primarily stemming from inadequate winter clothing provision and a complete absence of medical care. This dissatisfaction has led to “mouse fever” among Russian troops toward Kupyansk. This viral disease is transmitted to humans through direct contact with rodents, inhalation of mouse feces dust, or food contamination.
The “mouse fever” symptoms include severe headaches, high fever reaching 40 degrees Celsius, rashes and redness, low blood pressure, eye hemorrhages, nausea, and frequent vomiting. The disease, affecting the kidneys, induces intense lower back pain and significant difficulty in urination.
Despite Russian army personnel engaged in the conflict against Ukraine raising concerns about the fever, the command has dismissed these complaints, viewing them as attempts to evade participation in hostilities. Additionally, “mouse fever” resembles common flu symptoms during its initial stages.
As a consequence, the combat capability of the Russian forces has been significantly diminished, with the Defence Intelligence press center stating that the “mouse fever” has notably hampered the effectiveness of the Russian military. In June, Russian troops in the Kherson region and Crimea faced a cholera epidemic resulting from the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, leading to the death of several Russian soldiers.