“Entire groups” of Russian soldiers are surrendering en-masse due to the “inhuman attitude” of their commanders, the Ukrainian military has said.

According to Oleksandr Shtupun, the spokesman for the Tavria Grouping of Troops, more and more of Moscow’s troops are also snubbing orders to assault Ukrainian positions.

Speaking on national TV, he said: “It should be noted that whole groups of Russian soldiers are seen surrendering.

“One of the reasons that the enemy does this is what I’d say is inhuman attitude on the part of their command.

“For refusing to deploy on pointless assaults or for other offenses, some officers would strip them naked in winter cold and hold them in cold pits, beating them and threatening them with execution.”

There is plenty of evidence to support Shtupun’s claim – last month a video emerged showing Russian soldiers being beaten and forced to dig holes in which they were made to stand for hours.

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The video – posted online by the Russian anti-corruption group Gulagu.net – shows a number of men cowering on the ground as they’re beaten by sticks.

Later in the footage, another solider repeatedly fires a gun just inches from a soldier’s head, narrowly missing him.

And just yesterday a video emerged of a group of Russian soldiers in an expletive-laden video expressing their outrage at learning they will not be territorial defense soldiers as they thought, but would be assault troops sent to the front with no training.

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One person was injured in the attack, which also damaged the church and about a dozen houses and shops.

Recorded at an unknown location, a group of men can be seen chanting “f**king commanders.”

The camera then pans to one soldier who launches into a furious tirade. “Check this out,” he says.

“We’ve been here since the 26th, f**king officers have been f**king lying to our faces that we are territorial defense.

“And now the lieutenant colonel came out and said it’s the first time he’s heard that, and it turns out we are a rifle unit.

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“We are f**king assault troops, we are not territorial defense and they just tell us now!”

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barebum the brave.
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To the brave soldiers and civilians in Ukraine, fight fight fight against the Russian aggressors, good will win over evil,god bless you all.

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David Soley
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The Russian soldier has one powerful weapon to stop this ASAP. They can not only protest. They can deliver a more powerful deterrent for stopping this. However there will be a significant cost in human life....they can use feet and march back to Moscow and do what was done in 2017.

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Neil
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Glory to the heroic soldiers and people of ukraine !!!

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Cjris
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The new strategy perhaps? Overload the Ukrainian economy with prisoner care costs.

Seriously though, the winter will be hard for the russians with their lack of equipment. Not many strategists are taking that into account. Instead of making themselves comfortable, they are driving cold, exhausted men into futile assaults - that could turn on them over the whole winter.

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