More soldiers desert army

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Mawlamyine, 24 December

More junta soldiers have deserted the military regime amid offensive attacks of the revolutionary forces across the country, said the CDM community.

The demoralized soldiers from the depleted army have increasingly resorted to surrendering with weapons due to severe casualties in the battle.

On December 18, five soldiers, including Captain Kyaw Bo Bo Hein from the 102 Light Infantry Battalion in Paung Township, deserted to the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).

Than Lwin Times revealed that at least 100 regime troops took refuge in resistance forces in regions and states except Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw.

CDM Captain Kung Thu Win told Than Lwin Times that, ” more and more soldiers surrendered after Operation 1027. Among those who surrendered were from regions that were under military pressure and where it was difficult for them to return to their battalions.”

According to revolutionary forces, Operation 1027 of the Three Brotherhood Alliance, combined with a nationwide offensive, resulted in the surrender of at least 500 military personnel.

Among them, the surrender of the two battalions changed the history of the Myanmar army and hundreds of regime troops surrendered during other battles.

The depleted junta army was so desperate to accept deserters, those on medical leave as well as veterans.

The military council, which usually takes harsh measures against deserters, announced on December 3 that it will pardon deserters who fled because they didn’t want to serve in the army, and will accept them at nearby military units.

Military and political analysts believe that the junta army has begun to collapse, as it has opened front lines almost all over the country, decreasing in terms of strength and combat capability.

 News – Than Lwin Times

Photo –  KNU

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