‘Disgruntled and betrayed’ Russian army morale collapses –troops ‘abandoned’ with no food

Ukraine: Russians soldiers left waiting in poor conditions

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In a video from Ukraine, reportedly filmed by a Russian soldier, a unit of the Russian army seems left in its fate. Soldiers speaking say that they are abandoned in an area for several days, without tents, food, or water, only surviving on dry rations.

The soldiers can be heard saying: “We haven’t eaten properly in three or four days! We are abandoned here for how many days? Three or four…

“We are waiting to be transported over the border. For three days we are being told we’ll be taken away, but no one is taking us home.”

And they continue: “We are now being told to sign some paperwork, saying they want us fired, so they could cover themselves. No one agrees to their discussions.”

The soldier also says on video that the army isn’t picking up the bodies of dead soldiers.

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Frustrated, he adds: “We’ve been sleeping on the ground, without tents, without food or water.

“This is where we slept. Here. Our feet are all soaking. We don’t know what to do.

“This is how they work. They just want to cover their a***s. This is the Army of Russia!”

Michael Kofman, who is the director of Russia Studies at the CNA, an american nonprofit research organisation, commented on Twitter that the video is “another example of why morale is likely to be low among Russian forces.”

Mr Kofman said that it shows “poorly supplied troops, in bad conditions, who appear disgruntled and feel betrayed.”

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In another video posted on Twitter, a captured Russian soldier appears crying as Ukrainians humiliate him.

The man is seen sitting down on some steps, with his face in his palms, sobbing as a few men standing in front of him yell and swear at him.

Previously, reports suggested that Russian soldiers are abandoning their country’s invasion, surrendering and returning home on foot, amid concerns that they are running out of food.

In a video posted on Twitter by journalist Paul Mason, it was reported that “there is at least one example of an entire unit leaving its vehicles and marching off.

“In one case into captivity and another, it appears, back to Russia on foot.”

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