Intercepted phone calls between Russian soldiers and their families suggest mothers are desperately trying to find way to get their sons of the frontlines in Ukraine, urging them to film videos complaining about the conduct of military authorities.

In one call published by Ukraine's Military Intelligence (HUR), a woman says her and a friend are going to a military prosecutor’s office but says the more people that go to protest the better.

“There should be more people with us,” she tells her son, Dima. “If I come there by myself – no one will give a f**k.

“So tell your boys to call their relatives, too. There should be other calls besides one of yours.”

She also urges Dima to record a video in the hope the protest will be more impactful.

“Dima, listen to me carefully,” she say. “You have to record a video with the boys, or guys have to call their wives, and they have to join us in our complaints.”


She doesn't specify what the main message of the video should be, but allegedly, it must be aimed at complaining about the military authorities and their irresponsible decisions.

Dima’s replies apparently can't be heard in this intercepted call.

The mother adds: "You get up and shoot a video, you don't need the Internet for this, then you'll figure out how to send it. The main thing is that there is a video."

At the end of the conversation, the woman promises her son that she will 'definitely get him out from there'.

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“Dima, I told you I'd get you out, do you hear me? Come on, I love you very much, son, I'll get you out for sure.”

In another intercepted call, two women, one of whom is said to be the mother of a Russian soldier as well, discuss how a video made by troops under the command of “Zima” complaining of being “sent to their deaths” has gone viral on gossip websites.

Hello, hello! How are you doing?” speaker 1 asks.

“Well, today, your guy is getting much attention on all sites. ‘Zima’ (commander of the 3rd motorized rifle brigade) has become famous today. The Russians from Voronezh recorded a video, and the soldiers’ wives wrote a letter stating that he [Zima] was sending them to their deaths,” speaker 2 replies.


“They mentioned that many guys died, and there was no support at all. They also pointed out that all the humanitarian aid was taken, and everything was forgotten when they needed it the most. This news is spreading across all sites and becoming a topic of gossip everywhere,” speaker 2 added.

Additionally, previously released intercepted communications between Russian soldiers and their friends and family have revealed evidence that contracted Kremlin troops have been given orders to wipe out all the soldiers, fighting on the first line of defense if they try to retreat or leave their positions, with paperwork listing them as missing in action (MIA) already having been prepared.

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.

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 Ukraine’s intelligence services indicates that Russia’s military finds itself in 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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Jim Black
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It seems clear to me, from articles like this, that the Russian people know they are in a war, and that it is not going well. I was too young to remember Korea, but I do recall the American people slowly waking up to how badly things were going in Vietnam.

I also recall the Russian/Soviet people waking up to how badly the occupation of Afghanistan was going. And the people of the U. S. waking up to the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On the first day, a lot of the people in the attacking country loved the idea of war. Within a year or two, they were opening their eyes. Within a few years, the great majority realized that a grave mistake had been made.

You can see this same process if you watch the German propaganda films of 1939-45. For about two years, everything was great. But the dead and wounded kept coming home. After 1942, the great victories the Wehrmacht was winning kept getting closer and closer to to home. They knew.
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I can imagine the daily hell on the front line. As far as we know, we only have one life, and it matters to us, so we want to preserve it. But Ukrainians are being required to sacrifice theirs, for the sake of creating a nation which allows its children to grow up without a Russian jackboot on their necks.

I hope the Ukrainian intelligence service is doing all it can to create chaos inside the Russian Federation, & encouraging other former Soviet regions to strike out for independence. As western weapon supplies do not include effective air cover & a sufficiency of long range missiles, Russian collapse should be a goal. All honour to those Ukrainians valiantly coping with the vicious attacks directed by Putin and his gang. When faced with destruction, all you can do is try to create beauty. Sometimes, beauty looks like a pile of dead invaders.

Mark Szaszy
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@Cedar, Beauty is the Taurus, F16 and ATACMS. Ugly are the bureaucrats and cowardly politicians refusing to share the BEAUTY.