Ukrainian intelligence directorate has published a text of a phone conversation between a Russian soldier and his wife saying that the Russian soldiers captured own commander to prevent him from escaping combat zone.
The publication also revealed the heavy losses experienced by the Russian army in Ukraine, according to Yahoo reports.
“The fourth battalion – they captured their own battlefield commander,” says a Russian soldier in the conversation with his wife.
“They forced him to stay, so he wouldn’t (run away). That’s because they have a number of 300s (wounded) which is f***ing huge.
“And we also loaded and prepared our cars yesterday, for getting away from here. But we received an order to stay.
“Yesterday, more than 20 300s (more than 20 wounded soldiers) were driven away.”
Earlier, Ministry of Defense’s Chief Intelligence Directorate reported a massive wave of resignations from the military and law enforcement service in Russia, with fewer and fewer Russians willing to risk their lives in the war against Ukraine.
Several organizations in Russia of wives and mothers of military servicemen are protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
One of the latest events organized by such an organization occurred in the far-eastern Russian republic of Buryatia, where local women whose husbands are fighting in Ukraine asked for them to be brought back home.
On social media, including the video-sharing TikTok network, young Russian men tell about how they’re being mobilized to serve in the Russian army, sharing own feelings of fear, despair and unwillingness to fight in the war in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the idea that the world has moved beyond countries invading their neighbors has been destroyed by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine.
Scholz was speaking during an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” that aired Sunday when moderator Margaret Brennan asked if the war represented a 9/11-level wake-up call for Europe.