Ukrainian officials allege a Russian soldier says in an intercepted phone call that his commander shot himself in the leg to get out of the war in Ukraine.
According to The Daily Beast, in the phone call released on Saturday by the main intelligence agency of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the man, Nikita, who is identified as a soldier speaking with his mother, expressed doubts about the surrender of Ukrainians.
“This won’t end soon. What the hell do I need this for? At 20 years old…I’m not interested in Ukraine at all. I have to come back and resign,” he says. “I had a commander… who shot himself in the leg trying to get out of here. And that was in the beginning!’
news week could not independently verify the intercepted call.
The soldier’s mother then tells someone to “defend Russia,” reported The Daily Beast, adding, “They’ll just kill us all, it’ll be World War 4 and Russia will lose!”
The soldier goes on to say that people in his brigade “just disappear on their own. Some of them disappeared without a trace, some were captured, some are hiding, some are already in Russia.”
The Daily Beast reported that in another intercepted call released Friday, Ukrainian officials allege that a wife of a Russian soldier told him to “fall off a tank” to get out of the war.
“There’s no way out,” she said. “Otherwise you’ll be there until September… They won’t trade you because everyone refuses. You just don’t have to shoot yourself in the leg, because who knows how that would turn out. Or have someone hit you on the side.”
news week has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.
In another conversation shared this week by the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), allegedly intercepted by Russian troops, a Russian soldier said the body armor the military has provided them is “terrible”.
In addition, the military administration of the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhya reported this week that Russian soldiers shot down Russian cars to prevent them from going to Ukraine. “According to the locals, the Russian army shot down about 20 of their cars in Polohy,” the military government of Zaporizhzhya Oblast wrote on Telegram, “Just to prevent them from going to the front line.”
Ukrainian officials also said this week they found Russian military documents pointing to an earlier plan for a total occupation of Ukraine