Telephone calls of Russian soldiers intercepted
“This is not a war, this is a bloody hell!”
The Ukrainian military intelligence service intercepted and released several phone calls made by Russian soldiers. The talks show that the situation for Putin’s troops is precarious.
Published: 36 minutes ago
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Russian soldiers tell their families about their suffering over the phone. Here, Russian recruits train in Rostov-on-Don for their deployment.
Fabian BabicEditor News
The phone rings. On the other end of the line is a young man. He has been fighting in Ukraine for two months on behalf of Kremlin ruler Vladimir Putin (70). He tells his friend about the terrible circumstances: “This is not a war, this is a damn hell. There’s no supplies, we live like damn dogs in holes.”
This and other phone calls were published by the Ukrainian military intelligence service. Again and again the state organization intercepts telephone calls and publishes them to illustrate the situation at the front. The Twitter account was translated regularly translates these telephone calls into English.
The soldier, who describes the situation at the front as “damned hell”, continues: His troops originally numbered 240 soldiers – now there are 94. He had to wait two days in the basement of a destroyed house and could only eat raw potatoes . Every day is a “struggle for survival”. He will now do everything to return to Russia, he explains to his friend on the phone.
Another phone call sounds similar: “It’s damn brutal here,” a soldier reports to his friend in Russia. The ever-increasing death toll shocked the soldiers. He himself also fears for his survival. There is a lack of equipment: His unit only has a few weapons. Intact vehicles are missing. «All vehicles are destroyed. We can only wait for supplies.” He doesn’t know when that will come.
Fights between drunks
A soldier tells a friend on the phone about a recently formed unit from the Russian city of Ulyanovsk. There were 30 wounded in this unit – before even reaching Ukraine. The reasons: frost and fights between drunks.
When they call, soldiers in Ukraine often ask about the latest news from Russia. The hope: You will find out that you will be allowed to return soon. A soldier stationed in Ukraine asked the same question when he reported to his family. But the woman on the phone had to disappoint him. Rather, it looks as if another mobilization is imminent.
Russia’s high losses put Kremlin boss Putin in trouble: several Western secret services assume that more than 100,000 Russian soldiers have already died in Ukraine. Therefore further convocations are inevitable. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (67) recently confirmed that the number of armed forces should be increased from 1.15 to 1.5 million.
A woman, also asked by a soldier on the phone for news about the war, recounts how more and more Russians are being drafted into the war. A man from her environment was also called up for military service. “Ten days after an operation,” she adds, shocked.