Frustrated at seeing “so many corpses” Russian soldiers have begged to go home in a leaked call from the frontline in Ukraine.
Soldiers said the war in the country could go on for “months” in intercepted calls, despite Vladimir Putin saying it would end in two weeks.
Soldiers are said to have raided a nearby supermarket for supplies, with another infantryman saying his battalion had no food left.
The Mirror reports that Ukrainian politician and Interior Ministry adviser, Anton Herashchenko, shared translations of the phone calls online.
It comes after a string of videos released by Ukraine showed Russian soldiers complaining of “betraying” by Putin.
In an intercepted conversation shared by Mr. Herashchenko, a Russian soldier reportedly laments: “We have no aviation, no f***ing support, we are like cannon fodder.”
According to the Sun, he said he would “do anything to get back home… resign from the military, I don’t give a f***”.
The soldier revealed that his comrades were waiting for the end of the war to fight “for no reason” as “f***ed everyone”.
In another leaked recording, a Russian infantryman complained that his battalion was facing “genocide” and said that his comrades were “trembling”, “fearing” and refusing to fight.
A third soldier called his wife, it is claimed, and told her: “Russia itself invaded Ukraine, I don’t understand why. We’re definitely here until May, that’s for sure.”
He warned that the war could go on for a few years.
Another Russian fighter said he was being paid £40 a day – a relatively high salary in Russia – but said no one cared about the money anymore.
He echoed the desire of other soldiers to leave the army, saying that his comrades were “sleeping in the street”.
“We are running out of diesel fuel, ammunition is also low. I don’t know what we are going to do,” he said.
According to official Ukrainian numbers, the Russian military lost 1,000 soldiers in a single day to a brutal defense from Ukrainian soldiers and rebel civilian warriors.
The loss of 11,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen on the day of the invasion has been a major blow to Moscow, which is now calling up reserves.
Defense experts usually count attacking commanders who usually need a number advantage of about three to one to attack a defending force.
The house-to-house fighting in the inner cities that Moscow is attempting may amount to a need of four to one count.
It is estimated that Russia, with about 230,000 troops, launched an offensive in Belarus to the north, on the east coast and offshore in the Black Sea.
It is believed that this is only a few thousand more than the entire armed forces of Ukraine, but the defenders were better trained.
And embarking on a full-fledged assault on well-defended towns and cities by a well-motivated force has now thrown Russian troops into urban combat.
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