Militants of the "DNR" in the occupied territory are not respected by both the "official" authorities and local residents. This was told by commander of the anti-tank unit of the "DNR" illegal armed formations Alexander with the call sign "Marshal" in an interview with one of the separatist channels on Youtube.
He admitted that they go to the "people's militia" solely for the sake of earning money, and the ideological "militias" have already left the ranks of the illegal armed formations. "The guys were disappointed, some left, others were told to leave… (Those who have nowhere to go stayed, they need to feed their families. Where do they pay money? Only in the army", - the militant tells.
At the same time, most of the "recruits" prefer to "fight" in the rear, rather than on the front line.
Moreover, the attitude to the military in the "DNR", according to "Marshal", is extremely negative on the part of residents of the occupied Donbass. According to him, the "militia veterans" do not have any benefits or even common gratitude, and the current members of the illegal armed formations are ashamed of their military uniforms. "What did those who fought have achieved? Neither benefits, nor "thanks".