A Russian soldier on the frontlines has described how contracted Kremlin troops have been given orders to wipe out the remains of his unit, with paperwork listing them as missing in action (MIA) already having been prepared.

 

In an intercepted phone call with his friend, the conscript claims he is trapped between Ukrainian forces on one side, and a second Russian line of defense with orders not to let anyone pass.

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In the call, published by Ukraines Military Intelligence (HUR) on Aug. 1, the soldier says: “Basically, I ran away from our group. Just two of us left alive. The rest are dead. We were all replaced by contract soldiers, and everyone in our company is now listed as MIA.

 

“Wheres Kolya?” the other speaker asks about their mutual friend.

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Kolya, I don’t know who’ll take him from there. He’s still lying in the field, in a body bag.” the soldier replies.

 

“So what are you gonna do now?” the second speaker asks.

 

I don’t know what to do. They’ve written us off a long time ago, and there’s no way out from the zero line,” he replies, referring to the line of contact.

As the conversation continues, the soldier explains that contract servicemen from Luhansk were brought to the front and stationed in the second line of defense. They were given orders not to let anyone retreat from the first line of defense.

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And what if you just sneak back to headquarters and explain?” the second speaker asks.

 

“Headquarters? There’s no headquarters anymore,” the soldier says.

 

Well, cant you just retreat slowly?

 

Where will we go, Vova? They’ve brought the contract-guys in from Luhansk.”

 

So what, they’ll shoot you if you go back?” the second speaker asks.

 

Yeah, they’re shooting at us,” the soldier explains.

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“Our contract-guys, Russians?” the second speaker asks incredulously.

 

Yeah, theyre on our side, from the Luhansk prisons. About 30 of them attacking us. All the paperwork is set, were officially MIA, just like that.

 

“So, you have no way out?” the second speaker asks.

 

“No exit. Nothing. I wouldn’t even know where to go. It’s all mined,” the soldier explains.

 

I dont get it. Why were the contract guys given orders to kill you?” the second speaker keeps insisting.

 

Theyre getting rid of us, annulling us,” the soldier replies, using the frontline term for disciplinary execution.

 

I dont understand anything. Whats going on?

 

“Basically, they want to replace us, so they brought in contract-guys. Now theyre cleaning us up, and all the necessary documents have been prepared. Theyll just leave everyone here at their unit’s position and write us off as MIA,” the soldier explains.

 

While the authenticity of the call has not been independently verified, evidence of so-called “barrier units” – Russian troops charged with ensuring other soldiers cannot retreat – has been previously reported.

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In June, a battlefield video showing three armed Russian soldiers shooting at seven or more of their fellows as they ran away circulated on social media.

Additionally, previously released intercepted communications between Russian soldiers and their friends and family have revealed evidence of conscripted troops being forced to fight or face "execution on the spot."

 

While the exact date of the intercepted call is not known, the situation for soldiers on both sides is difficult as Ukraine’s summer offensive gains momentum.

 

The grinding assaults have allowed Kyiv to slowly gain ground at the cost of a constant flow of dead and wounded.

 

Ukrainian soldiers have told Kyiv Post they would fight on, but morale has been suffering with no quick end in sight.

 

However, the release of such intercepted conversations by Ukraines intelligence services indicates that Russias military finds itself a much more dire situation, with soldiers coming to fear their own side as much as that of their Ukrainian adversary.

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Maple leaf
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Any Nato soldier be it Polish or American or French or another Nato member. Plus citizens in Nato Territory is killed by the stupid Russian mafia state should not be tolerated. Nato must stand tall now. This is the time to defeat the mafia state that is holding the world hostage.

Maple leaf
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@Maple leaf, Europe is responsible for Nato as well. They must get more on a war footing. Why rely on the west the war is on European soil. Make the stuff in Europe its more expensive to ship it from the US. Save the Americans some cash,

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Sue Bunch
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I hope the US sets an example and starts sending atacoms without restrictions. Ukraine has a right to defend itself by any means necessary. Russia has pushed the limit to the point that NATO involvement is inevitable. Now we must be proactive. Allowing g the Russians to continually vililate NATO airspace from rockets on NATO territory and violate NATO borders is past the the point of acceptable. NATO looks like weak fools.It is time to end this once and for all. Allowing Ukraine to be decimated is unacceptable. Why wait for a US pilot,soldier or civillian to be killed. If this happens all support for the current US power will be lost. Get your shit together and stop f ing around. The time has come. This is unfortunate but absolutely true.

Liza Levchuk
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@Sue Bunch, thank you. My thoughts exactly, all day and every day.

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GJ
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@Sue Bunch, Ukraine is nothing to do with NATO, do live in the real world.

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Paul McCoy
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Keep these great up to date articles coming.

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I support
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Well if this true just shows once again the depth Russia is willing go to .

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