The press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has recently been especially generous with reports about the “efforts of military doctors” in the fight against coronavirus in the occupied territories of Ukraine. It is reported that doctors and other personnel of the “special medical detachment” or, as it is also called, the “mobile hospital of the Black Sea Fleet”, were sent from Sevastopol to Yalta, received the first patients there [1].

Meanwhile, in Sevastopol itself, there is more than enough work for doctors, because the special building of the infectious diseases’ hospital was assigned to patients with COVID-19. The module has 34 Melzer boxes, each with 3 points for connecting oxygen, which, if necessary, will allow more than 100 patients to be accommodated there; this module of the hospital will receive the first patients “in a few days” [2].

In the city hospital No. 7 of Simferopol, doctors from the “special-purpose medical unit” of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation, who arrived by air from Rostov-on-Don, began to receive patients. The general work of this hospital includes 18 military doctors and six medical and nursing teams, doctors treat about 40 patients in one shift [3].

Of course, medicine must provide for the expansion of the capacity to act in emergency situations. It is clear that after the exhaustion of the possibilities of civilian medicine, the military also comes to the rescue. By the way, the same Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation in December 2020 reported at the final board that over eight thousand beds were deployed for inpatient treatment in military hospitals, half of which are allegedly used “in the interests of the population” [4].

But at the same time, the question arises, if last year the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the preparation of seven mobile hospitals for 100 places each and three medical units of special purpose, the same standard occupancy, then for what purpose in the huge territory controlled by the Russian Federation, two out of ten indicated mobile military medical institutions deployed directly in Crimea, and three more were deployed nearby in the Caucasus, namely in the village of Botlikh, the cities of Buinaksk and in occupied Tskhinvali. Moreover, the latter, from the Western Military District of the Russian Federation, subsequently made a march with a length of about two thousand kilometers from Tskhinvali to Alabino near Moscow [5].

Before this march, about 120 military specialists of the Western Military District of the Russian Federation, headed by the head of the multifunctional mobile hospital, Lieutenant Colonel of the Medical Service Rasul Murtazaliev, received medals from the “Ministry of Defense of the Republic of South Ossetia” “For military cooperation” and “For service guarding peace in South Ossetia”, and also letters of thanks, diplomas and certificates [6].

Another question is why it was necessary to transfer a mobile hospital from Sevastopol to Yalta, if that the death rate in the hero city from coronavirus to the number of cases, even according to “Russian statistics”, is almost twice the figure for Crimea. At the same time, the presence of vacant sanatoriums on the Southern coast of Crimea in winter and a significant number of medical personnel suitable for anti-epidemic measures and without the Russian military with their tents is obvious.

You can also ask why the army of the Russian Federation does not deploy military hospitals in the regions of Russia proper, where the so called “excess mortality” significantly exceeds the national average. For the readers, we will explain that this term in the Russian Federation was invented to denote deaths that significantly exceed similar indicators of previous periods, but are not indicated as the consequences of coronavirus infection. Also, for some reason, we have not heard about such mobile hospitals of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation.

Well, after the above, the reader who understands the issues of combat and mobilization training will not be surprised at the fact that next to the “coronavirus” hospitals in Botlikh and Buinaksk, logistics units of the Russian Armed Forces have deployed two field camps with a total capacity of 700 beds [7]. You can ask other questions about the exercises conducted by the Russian army in the event of a large-scale conflict under the guise of “coronavirus hospitals”, which we will do in the near future.




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