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Audio reveals one soldier, who has not been named, describing how a column of Russian forces that had been sent beside his unit was ‘torn apart’ by Ukrainian forces
The soldier near Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine told his colleague that the attack led to chaos within the ranks of the Russian military, with 50 per cent of the unit suffering from frostbite.
‘But they don’t plan to treat them in the hospital,’ the Russian soldier said in the audio, which was published by the Ukrainian Security Service, as he slammed Putin’s ‘madhouse invasion’.
Despite mobilising a force of between 150,000 and 200,000 Russian troops, Moscow failed to anticipate anything other than weak resistance by the Ukrainian forces – likely owing to Russian intelligence failures.
A senior NATO military officer today said the alliance estimates that Russia has suffered between 30,000 and 40,000 battlefield casualties in Ukraine through the first month of the war, including between 7,000 and 15,000 killed.
Two Russian soldiers have been heard describing Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as a ‘s***show’ after their own troops dropped a bomb on them, according to an intercepted phone call. Pictured: A charred Russian tank is seen, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, on the front line in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, on March 20
A Ukrainian serviceman mans a military check point in Kyiv on March 21
‘Basically, it’s a s***show here, I’ll put it that way,’ the unnamed soldier said, according to the Daily Beast.
He said that General Lietenant Yakov Rezantsev, who was commanding his unit, told them that their invasion of Ukraine would be over quickly.
‘Do you know what he told us? “It’s no secret to anyone that there are only a few hours until this special operation is over.” And now those hours are still going,’ the soldier said.
The unnamed soldier added that Russian troops have complained that their military armour are not fit for purpose, and their concerns have been ignored.
‘Comrade General, damn it, I have this situation,’ the soldier claimed troops had told their leader. ‘And he just says, “Son, be strong,” and then he fucks off. It’s such trash here… our own plane dropped a bomb on us,’ he said.
‘They couldn’t even send off the 200s here,’ he said, using a military term for dead bodies. ‘They rode with us for five days.’
‘Even in Chechnya, there was nothing like this,’ he said. ‘This ‘special operation,’ damnit… with respect to homes not meant to be destroyed… it’s bulls***.’
A car destroyed after Russian shelling is seen in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday
Russia’s forces in Ukraine appear to be turning to a war of attrition with devastating effect on civilians, after failing to secure hoped-for swift gains when President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion one month ago.
The US government says recent days have brought more intense aerial and naval bombardment as Ukrainian resistance holds up the invaders’ advance on land.
Attacking forces remain 10 miles from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to the north-west and 18 miles away to the east, able only to bombard it from a distance.
While US President Joe Biden has said Putin’s ‘back is against the wall in Ukraine’, US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby told CNN Tuesday that Ukrainian forces were now even ‘going after Russians’ who were losing morale as food and fuel run out.
Capturing Kyiv had appeared the Russians’ top target as they entered the country on February 24, hoping to topple President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration.
But despite mobilising a force of between 150,000 and 200,000 troops, Moscow failed to anticipate anything other than weak resistance – likely owing to Russian intelligence failures – and made sloppy logistical preparations.
Even now, Russia does not have complete control of the skies over Ukraine, complicating their entire offensive.