A Russian soldier has been overheard expressing terror at what he calls a “huge” force of Ukrainian tanks and 150,000 soldiers being prepared to liberate occupied Crimea. 

In an intercepted phone call released by Ukraine's Military Intelligence (HUR), the serviceman tells a friend that he has heard reports of three divisions of troops and materiel being prepared by Kyiv to retake the peninsula.

I heard that again these motherf***ers are preparing something," he says.

Well, f**k, three divisions, 100 thousand people. They are coming from training.

All these tanks, all that they have prepared, will be f**king thrown in now. They want to recapture Crimea.”

Revising his initial estimate up to 150,000 Ukrainian troops, he adds: “Three divisions are being prepared.

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The first two are offensive and the third will be a sweep.”

Having learned of the apparently critical situation facing Russian forces on the frontlines, the soldier's friend tries to comfort him, saying that Moscow also has reserves, yet this does little to calm the soldier down. 

Well, we have a little bit of reserve,” he says. “It seems that personnel are being trained in Chebarkul (the training base for the special forces of the Russian Armed Forces).

It’s not clear where the Russian soldier has heard of such a force poised to take Crimea and in a recent interview with Ukrainian TV host Natalya Moseychuk, President Zelensky said he hopes that there will be no direct confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian troops in Crimea

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Zelensky signaled a nuanced shift in Kyiv’s stance on the Russia-occupied Crimea, saying he believes if advancing Ukrainian forces reach the northern border of the Black Sea peninsula, the Russian military might eventually leave without a battle.

“If we are on the administrative or conditional borders with Crimea, I believe that it is possible to politically press the demilitarization of Russia on the territory of Ukrainian Crimea. I believe that this would be better,” Zelensky said, in a nationally televised hour-long interview.

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Zelensky’s declaration that Crimea, a territory illegally annexed by Russia in 2014 and held up by Russian state propaganda as a full-fledged part of Russia never “really belonging” to Ukraine, might return to Kyiv’s sovereignty without a conventional military offensive marked a nuanced – but nonetheless significant – shift in official Ukrainian rhetoric on Crimea.

More than 80 percent of Ukrainian voters consider the Crimea territory that was stolen by Moscow should be returned to Kyiv’s control by armed force.

Both the Zelensky administration and even Ukrainian allies – most recently Polish President Andrzej Duda have in recent months said Russian de-militarization of the peninsula, which is absolutely rejected by the Kremlin, must take place for the Russo-Ukrainian War to end.

Though the intercepted call has not been independently verified, and the exact date when it took place is not known, the situation for soldiers on both sides is difficult as Ukraine’s counteroffensive gains momentum. 

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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.

Previous calls include:

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  • ‘All Our Guys Were Slaughtered’ – Intercepted Phone Calls Suggest Huge Russian Losses
  • ‘He Started Shooting Us!’ – Intercepted Phone Call Reveals Russian Friendly Fire Incident
  • ‘We’ll Tear You Apart’ – Ukrainian Soldiers Are Trolling Russian Commanders on Telegram
  • ‘War Until 2026’ - Russian Soldier Claims He’s Been Told To Expect 3 More Years of Fighting
  • ‘Trucks Full of Corpses’ – Intercepted Phone Call Suggests Massive Wagner Losses
  • ‘All Our Boys Are Rotting’– Intercepted Phone Call Suggests Heavy Russian Causalities Near Antonivsky Bridge
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Makuye
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Kyiv Post Editor[s]:
It might be wise to begin moderating comments and removing offensive, disinformational, and other comments leading to verbally violent dispute, rage and dogmatic derangement.
Much if not ALL, of the comments here ARE direct russian Information and Psychological Operations -
One would think that comment columns are intended for substantive information addition, and not the crude, demented, "crusader/juhadist" mob-arousing, which is here, now the case.

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NATO
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There are more nazi's in Russia than in Ukraine. Unfortunately there are nazi's all over the world though nowhere in big numbers. This war has nothing to do with nazi's though. This war has only started do to greed. Putin wants the old union to be restored. Obviously he's not clear in the head. He lives in the past. The Soviet Union is no more and never will be. Glasnost and Perestroika took care of that. The world should hope somebody will kill Putin as soon as possible before he will bring Russia to the graveyard.

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Frank Tropea
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I believe God favors the Ukrainian side in this most I just and horrible war. Putin and his forces are very evil and must not win. I think the whole Free world should galvanize,cut off all supplies and trade from and to Russia and declare Russia a moral and geopolitical pariah nation and be expelled completely from the UN
This cutting off of supplies should include food staples and medical supplies,too. I consider Putin and his regime another Hitler and I think he and Russia should be treated as such until there is total and complete regime change in Russia. Until then Putin and Russia are and will remain terrible threats to the Free World and,really, our civilization,too.

david
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@Frank Tropea, And I consider Frank Tropea as a full idiot. LOL!

Wayne
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@david, Frank is spot on, Davey. Are you suggesting that George Patton didn't know what he was doing? This war is the long-delayed conclusion of WW2. Russia should have crushed right along with the Nazis and the Japanese. Evil empires need recycling and behavior modification.

Russia has gotten a free pass for all its dirty deeds including Holodomor.

Time to clean up a dirty past.
Wake up Davey.

bill lunn
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@Wayne, Spot on. Are these dumb clowns for real or provocateurs?

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Brian Carnei Avale
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@david, I AGREE WITH YOU AND THIS NAZI zELENSKY SHOULD BE HUNG AND THE BIRDS TO EAT HIS EYEBALLS AS HIS CORPSE ROTS IN THE SUN!

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AllahsHappyHalalPorkEmporium
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@Frank Tropea, "God DOES NOT favor NAZIS!!!!! and you know damn well that's what is the Ukranian forces and government!!!
You speak of Hitler as a comparison to Russia and Putin, considering all the documented records and the history of Ukranian genocide against the Donbass people, all the news reports, just last week Sleazenskyy (Zelenskyy) met with his Azov, Adair and Bandera NAZIS, there IS NO MISTAKE as to who are the real NAZIS!!!
You are either one of them yourself or you're deaf dumb and blind to the FACTS but one thing is true:
When this is all said and done, Ukraine will no longer exist and the common Ukranian will be better for it!!!
The criminally corrupt UKRANAZIS elite will hang for their crimes!!!

Brian Carnevale
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@AllahsHappyHalalPorkEmporium, TIME TO NUC THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM. Sleazenskyy (Zelenskyy et, all!

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bill lunn
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@Frank Tropea, Agree with assessment but unfortunately, wishful thinking. The West is way too soft and girlie to do serious things

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