Russian Army Still Killing Its Own Troops In Ukraine War, Report Says
Russian soldiers sent to the side to kill Ukrainians they are being killed more and more by their own military.
That is according to the independent media. iStorieswhich on Tuesday released a new report detailing Russia’s deadly mishaps on the battlefield, with drunken soldiers, negligent commanders and clumsy use of weapons blamed for the trend.
Russian troops have also been caught venting openly to family members about the dangers they face from their own men in Ukraine.
In Audio Released by Ukrainian intelligence on Tuesday and said it captured a Russian soldier’s phone conversation, a man identified only as Aleksei tells his mother that the military has just sent reinforcements. He explains that the reinforcements arrived because “20 people left.”
“Our tank hit hard – shot twice and 20 guys, damn. I’m telling you, what commando bullshit is this, motherfuckers. They are killing their own,” said Aleksei, who described himself as a commander.
“I’m telling you, there are more losses of our own [guys]”, which the Ukrainians said.
Another alleged soldier heard a friend complain at his home in Audio released Monday, said it was clear military leaders give “zero shit” if their soldiers come back alive.
“It’s not a war, it’s a shit show. It’s complete bullshit,” she said. “That’s it, the whole response from the leadership: there are 300,000 of you, basically, we don’t give a fuck.”
“Don’t you dare come here and know that it’s complete bullshit,” he told his friend. “Only in [state-run] Channel One there are fucking tanks, there is nothing fucking here, brother. There is nothing here, you have no food, you drink from the puddles”.
Dispatches from the battlefield have finally begun to leak to ordinary Russians back home, many of whom have been bombarded in recent days with video propaganda urging them to sign up for the war to earn some extra money. Perhaps as a sign of low morale, the videos were so embarrassing that many pro-Kremlin bloggers began to claim that they were actually made by Ukraine’s intelligence services to discredit the war.
The reality on the ground is that Russia is knowingly killing its own troops even as it wages war against Ukraine, according to Russian troops interviewed by midfielder.
Dmitry Panov, a 30-year-old Muscovite, told the independent outlet that he had volunteered to join the war in the summer but refused to fight any further after commanders mistakenly killed their own men in Novoselivka, in the Donetsk region.
“We are just meat. They don’t want to meet us, they present us as some kind of animals that are being taken to the slaughterhouse,” Panov said.
After the commanders didn’t even bother to notify his unit that their location in the Kharkiv region had already been handed over to Ukraine, he said, “many guys’ eyes stopped burning intensely and went dark as they realized they weren’t there.” we were soldiers or defenders here, we were something else. Then we realized that we were disposable.”
That understanding has begun to trickle down more and more to the troops slated to sustain the war in Ukraine. An entire battalion in Crimea has now refused to fight because they do not want to “die in vain”, according to a report by Astra leaves on tuesday
Family members interviewed by the channel said the entire 127th Separate Reconnaissance Brigade opted out due to “heavy losses”.
iStories reports that some Russians killed during the war never even made it to the front lines, despite claims by Russian media that they died heroically on the battlefield.
Roman Moiseyev, 25, was mourned by people in Russia’s Vladimir region after reportedly dying in Ukraine in March. The reality, however, is that he was shot dead by a fellow soldier in Belgorod, iStories reports.
While “friendly fire” incidents are typical of any war, experts told iStories that the rate of Russians killing Russians has skyrocketed in recent months and is higher than anything seen before.
“At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, there were fewer victims of friendly fire in the Russian army than now,” said Ukrainian military expert Alexander Kovalenko.
Such incidents are reported every day, he said.