In an intercepted phone call, a Russian soldier has told his wife of the “thrill” he gets from killing, saying that even when the war is over, he wants to carry on with his new “profession.”

“It used to happen that half of the dude was torn off, the guts were lying on the ground... but if you knew what a thrill I feel when I look at a khokhol [a derogatory term for a Ukrainian], shoot him, and he falls dead from my bullet,” the Russian soldier says in the intercepted call – which was released by Ukraine's Military Intelligence (HUR).

“Does it feel great?” the wife asks.

“Oh yes, so f**king exciting!” the soldier replies.

The wife then seeks further details: “Has a person ever been blown up in front of your eyes?”


“Of course. One time the guy's legs were intact, but the rest of the body was blown up,” he tells her.

“Or I remember a dude sitting, then the ‘bird’ [drone] drops a shell, tears him up where his [genitals] are, and he's still alive, yelling ‘shoot me.’ We didn't get to shooting him, he just bled out,” he said.

The soldier says he has become addicted to death and even if the war ends, he doesn’t want to give up this “profession.”

“It's not just some warm and fuzzy feeling! But it seems that this s**t will end, and I'll keep at this profession. I'm addicted to death!”

ISW Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, February 27, 2024
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ISW Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, February 27, 2024

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

Ukrainian soldiers have told Kyiv Post they will fight on, but morale has suffered with no quick end to the war 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:

·      '150,000 Men Will Be Thrown In’ – Russian Soldier Reveals Fears of ‘Huge’ Ukrainian Crimea Liberation Force

·      'We Lost 600 Men’ – Russian Reveals Horrific Losses and Behavior On Frontlines

·      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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This hormonal response causing a pleasurable feel very like powerful sex, occurs in anyone who is killing another.
When YOU feel it, i hope that its draw will be accompanied by a NORMAL revulsion against the pleasure itself, or you will become like the monsters who join mercenary armies, and who rape & kill civilians under its influence.
Women violated also feel this response momentarily to success at eliminating the perpetrator, mobs of people deluded that they are invulnerable feel it when they butcher someone.
YOU MUST listen to the lesser voice within you that feels revulsion. Feeling the tragedy and necessary pity for the deluded who attacked you remains your saving grace, even if you must persist in defense for 9 or more years.
You WILL always feel elation at success, but do NOT ignore that it MUST be accompanied by pity. Tragedy occurs in life, and all Ukrainians are now subject to this.
Life includes this, as it evolved for useful survival purposes.
There are long, difficult indigenous practices that restore a person who has experienced this, absolutely necessary for return to loving community and relationships. Tese were essential because once experiencing the feeling, it CAN draw one back in inappropriate circumstances. It WILL destroy a family, community, tribe, if not faced and overcome.