A regiment of conscripted Russian soldiers who video pleaded with Putin to stop having them “slaughtered” are now mostly dead, the report said
Called up Russian soldiers video asked Vladimir Putin for help.
They feared being “slaughtered” and criticized the “lawless and criminal orders” of their commanders.
Most of the regiment’s soldiers have died in Donetsk since the video was taken, a report said.
Almost an entire regiment of mobilized Russian troops has reportedly died after launching an attack video appeal to President Vladimir Putin, who said they would be “slaughtered” in Ukraine.
The soldiers from Russia’s Irkutsk region of Siberia said they were “illegally” placed under the command of Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk and asked for Putin’s help in handling their “lawless and criminal orders”. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
“Please help,” say the soldiers in the video in their uniforms and with covered faces. “There is no other place to turn to.”
Relatives of two of the soldiers told reporters that almost the entire regiment was destroyed between February 28 and March 1 after they were sent to storm Ukrainian forts near occupied Donetsk. The Siberian branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
Some of the troops were wounded, the rest had died and were marked “missing,” the outlet said.
In the video published on February 25 by the Telegram channel of the Siberian news agency Lyudi Baikala, the soldiers directly ask Putin for help.
The conscripts said they were sent to Ukraine’s Donbass region and within a day were transferred to assault units and given orders to attack the town of Avdiivka without support, heavy weapons or preparation, according to the Russian newspaper Medusa.
“The command told us directly that we are expendable and that the only chance of returning home is if we get hurt,” the soldiers say in the video, per Meduza.
They further claimed that commanders of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the unrecognized breakaway republic established by Russian-backed separatists, would fire machine guns at troops who refused to join the assault forces.
According to the Russian newspaper, the video was the third such call by the soldiers The Insider. The outlet said the men were from Regiment 1439, Second Battalion. The strength of a Russian battalion ranges from 250 to 950 soldiers and officers.
This was announced by the Russian governor of Irkutsk, Igor Kobzev telegram that he had asked the military prosecutor’s office to review the video message, adding that conscripts would be sent elsewhere in the future.
Putin ordered the partial mobilization of the country’s military reservists in September, which lit a spark protests against the war and thousands of men of fighting age escape from the country.
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https://news.yahoo.com/regiment-drafted-russian-soldiers-made-133656289.html A regiment of conscripted Russian soldiers who video pleaded with Putin to stop having them “slaughtered” are now mostly dead, the report said