An intercepted phone call between a Russian soldier and a woman suggests Moscow’s forces near the Antonivsky Bridge in the Kherson region took places huge losses under such precise Ukrainian artillery fire that they couldn’t get to the bodies of their fallen comrades.

“The Antonivsky Bridge is full of corpses, and we can’t get them out – ours and theirs, but mostly ours,” the soldier says in the call published by Ukrainian military intelligence over the weekend.

“All the boys are lying outside, all rotting. Three weeks now we haven’t been able to get to one of them, a guy from home, from Krasnodar.”

The soldier then goes on to describe the intense fighting in the area, describing it as “terrifying.”

“Our artillery comes, shoots at Ukrainian positions, then gets the hell out, whereas we have to stay,” he says.

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“And the Ukrainians are looking for where the shelling came from. Now they have the technology and equipment to trace where it came from with sound.

“But we’re sitting in the forest and can’t get away.”

The woman – their exact relationship is not known – tells him to do “whatever you need to do to make it through.”

He replies: “I’m so sick of this war. I don’t even pay attention anymore – the radio screams ‘incoming-incoming,’ and we just sit around, grilling meat on the barbecue.

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“And then we hear a quiet little pop-pop from the other side, and you know that little pop is going to be a kaboom right here.”

It’s not known when the call was made but ISW analysts noted at the end of June that Russians could not make a breakthrough near Antonivsky Bridge, not even with a numerical advantage. ISW attributed the Russians’ lack of success to poor command.

“The milbloggers complained that the Russian military command blindly ordered Russian forces to retake the area under a span of the Antonivsky Bridge on the east bank, resulting in significant losses among Russian personnel and armored vehicles due to Ukrainian artillery fire and remotely laid mines,” ISW reported.

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At the beginning of this month, Ukraine reported that Russian troops were trying to return to their positions near the Antonivsky Bridge, increasing the number of attacks.

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Christian Ibekwe
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The war is better ended than being continued with significant human losses. We should learn from history. World war 1 ended with loss of more than 15 million lives. World war 2 ended with loss of more than 50 million lives, which was 3 x the loss of world war 1. So going into world war 3 estimates have it that more than 150 million to 4 billion lives could just be wasted and yet the war will still end someday. So what is the point? Pride ,arrogance and being insensitive to others rights and feelings as is happening now between Russia and Ukraine is the usual methods such war starts. When will human beings ever learn to do things correctly?
Get the book,'The plan of God for you.1. from www.amazon.com to learn more today and ,'The Power of Change", to learn that it is withing your power to make changes. Yes we can, is a true statement

Crisco
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@Christian Ibekwe, Nato could end this war in weeks NATO air defenses and western Jet fighter's could end it weeks It's obvious Putin doesn't want conflict with NATO and it's clear he won't use nukes so it's time

Mr Tutu
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@Crisco, Poopin' could end this war anytime he wants, all he needs to do is remove his troops from sovereign Ukrainian soil. He is still on the hook for the damage he has caused, however. When will the average Russian speak up against the war? Do they care? It's their own lives to lose after all...

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PorkPhat
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Keep fighting, Ukrainian heroes! Liberate your

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Andrew Lockett
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If those paralysed in field orcs think they've got it bad now, wait until those distant pop pops signify artillery rounds with DPICMs in them. There'll be no place to hide in the woodland then. They can additionally be fired using HIMARS for even greater efficiency and effectiveness. Listen up, hapless orclets, the time to skedaddle is NOW!

A Blumenthal
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@Andrew Lockett, Child, calm down. You are too exited of your dreams. the question is where are you going to hide?

Crisco
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@A Blumenthal, back in Russia is the point a full withdrawal or just keep sending soliders to their deaths Ukraine has proven to be very capable at killing Russians
Slava Ukraine 🇺🇦

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