A group of young-looking Russian soldiers have been filmed crying on the phone to their parents, claiming they had no idea they were going to be made to “attack people defending their territory”.
Having either surrendered or been captured by Ukrainian forces, videos show several young Russian soldiers in tears about what they were being forced to do.
In one video, a soldier is seen saying: “They don't even pick up the corpses, there are no funerals.
“You don't touch the corpses because otherwise the FSB (Russian federal security service) will arrest you.”
And several text messages from soldiers, which were read out on video, state: “We were told we would be greeted with open arms, but they call us fascists.
“The only thing I want right now is to kill myself.
"Mum, I'm in Ukraine. This is a real war. I'm scared, we're firing at everyone, even civilians."
Russian human rights activist Valentina Melnikova said that he has heard from Russian mothers who spoke to their sons who were scared of being called up.
He said: “There were periods where we heard them (Russian soldiers) crying in combat, a period where they were insulting each other – obviously not a sign of great morale.
“There was an instance where they shot at each other, there was an instance where they had to transport dead bodies back to their forward operating bases.
“Many times you can hear them not at their highest level of happiness.”
As of 9am this morning, the latest reports claim Russia has lost 5,840 troops, 30 planes, 31 helicopters, 211 tanks, 862 armoured personnel carriers, and two boats.
They had also seen 60 fuel tanks, nine anti-aircraft warfare units, and 355 cars be destroyed by Ukrainian troops.
Peace talks were meant to be held today, but it now appears that those are being cancelled due to “ideological issues” between the two sides, several news outlets are reporting.
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