The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has published an intercepted telephone exchange between a Russian soldier and his mother to update her over his deployment near to the city of Kharkiv.
Konstantin Solovyov had called his mother, Tatiana boasting of the torture methods used by Russia’s Security Service (FSB).
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They can be heard laughing when he explained to his mother over the grim “21 roses” method they use against captured Ukrainian soldiers.
Konstantin explained to his mother the “21 roses” method is where the victim has their skin being stripped back from their fingers, toes and penis “like the petals of a flower.”
He then went to explain the pleasure he had when describing the “barrel” technique and told his mother Tatiana that this technique was used during the war in Chechnya.
The Russian soldier told his mother, “They insert a tube into the anus and put barbed wire into it. Pull out the tube, the barbed wire stays in there.
“Then they slowly take out the barbed wire.
“That’s how we do it.”
His mother then asked what have the Ukrainian soldiers done to deserve such torture, she asked, “Are they trying to do something, do they not realise it’s over?
“It must be because they are high?”
His mother then said, “Like I told you, you can’t trust them [Ukrainians].
“I always told you that, in principle, I’m holding myself back. If I had ended up there I would also be enjoying it. We’re the same.”
Konstantine then told his mother that they steal food from Ukrainian civilians and told her about beating an old man to death just because he took photos of the Russian soldiers as he cycled past waving a white flag.
He then described that he “was a kind bloke,” before the war in Ukraine, he added, “I’m not even feeling remorse anymore.
“After I killed more than 20 I stopped caring.”
His mother ended the call and said, “Alright baby boy, goodbye.”