Russian soldiers who have been taken as prisoners of war (POWs) has accused Vladimir Putin of deceiving them, “the whole of Russia” and has made “fascists out of us.”
The POWs warned that Putin is not even collecting dead Russian soldiers as “they are thrown into mass graves,” they said during a press conference.
Alexei Zheleznyak, a soldier of the 34th separate motorized rifle brigade, warned Putin that Russia will never take Ukraine and he does not even have enough troops.
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“Putin, without declaring war, is bombing residents, hospitals, cities of Ukraine,” he said, according to translations of the press conference.
“People of Russia, don’t look at the zombies. The Ukrainian people are a brave people. They will stop this (Russian) equipment even without weapons. They are united.
“No matter how much Putin sends his troops here, he will not capture this territory… Our commander-in-chief is a liar and a deceiver of all our people.
“He deceived not only us, but the whole of Russia. He simply made fascists out of us.”
Mustafaev Mugsad urged his fellow citizens to ignore Russian state propaganda about the war in Ukraine.
“How people are sitting in basements for days, how they die,” he said of those who are currently sheltering from Russian bombs.
“I wouldn’t say if I didn’t see it myself. People will remember our aggression for centuries.
“People, military men of Russia, finally take off your rose-coloured glasses and see what is happening in Ukraine.”
Mugsad apologised that “the troops of the Russian Federation brought grief and destruction, in one day crossing out the peaceful life of the Ukrainian people.”
Igor Rudenko, signalman of the 126th separate coastal defense brigade, said that his “decision to surrender was the right” one.
Rudenko said Russian troops have already lost the war and that the Ukrainian military would “destroy” them.
“If you (Russian army) have the honour remaining, do not repeat my mistakes,” Rudenko added.
“Take the troops away, because Putin does not need us. He does not even take the corpses. They are thrown into mass graves. It’s hard to see.”
He said that he is an ethnic Ukrainian originally of the Dnipropetrovsk region, he was “on my knees asking for forgiveness from the people of Ukraine for having betrayed my people.”