According to Ukrainian intelligence, even the Russian military leadership was shocked to learn of the turmoil and dysfunction in Vladimir Putin’s army in occupied eastern Ukraine.
In one five-minute recording shared by the Main Intelligence Service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on Thursday, a man identified as a fighter in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic can be heard complaining to his wife that “The Russians are damn” and revealed that his warriors had raped and murdered. civilian.
No details were provided about when the phone call is believed to have taken place, or exactly where the man was stationed in Donetsk.
“Basically, today our boys went to the Russian headquarters,” said the man, who did not want to be named. “They don’t know that there are so few of us here… They all think we’re experts, we’ve been fighting since 2014 and we’ve been experts, that we’re fighters. bad soldiers,” he said.
“They raised the question of us having no rotation, no weapons, nothing at all,” he continued. “They basically promised that within three days some goddamn Russian saint would come… they promised to change us, the generals didn’t even know we were in the situation. What’s going on here,” he added, complaining that “we’re almost 50 percent off the fuck. “
The fighter recalled an incident where he said a group of Russian troops had been sent to assist their fellow Russians, but then both sides “started attacking each other, the Russians. with the damn Russians, they killed each other.”
The wife then asked about the fate of an acquaintance, to which the man told her she was being questioned along with others in connection with a recent string of executions.
“Lena, he shot down 75 people, get it? Both the locals and our people,” he said, going on to recall how two of the executed fighters were fighters who “rapeed a 55-year-old woman and beat her husband to death” before when he returned a few days later to kill and bury them.
“Our people buried them,” he said.
“Maybe they’re lucky because they’re there, even though they’re being interrogated they’re sitting in a quiet and calm place… They’ve shot some people raped, murdered and buried,” he said. , told. his wife to whom he is referring specifically to people from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
“There’s a lot going on here that you don’t know about,” he said.
His wife later recounted that when there were first reports of Russian troops raping people in Ukraine, these claims were dismissed as “fake”, with Russian sources asserting “The military The Russian team doesn’t have that ability.”
“Turns out they are capable,” she told her husband, who was quick to retort: “They are capable of anything.”