It was reported by Newsmax that invading Russian forces have become so demoralized, they are shooting themselves in the legs with Ukrainian ammunition to avoid further fighting, the U.S. Sun is reporting.
The outlet said that the Russian troops look for Ukrainian ammunition to use so they can receive medical treatment without it appearing as if their wounds are self-inflicted.
A conversation between Russian soldiers was intercepted by Belarusian media outlet NEXTA, according to the Sun. One Russian soldier is reportedly heard saying: “They’ve been shooting at us for 14 days. We’re scared. We’re stealing food, breaking into houses. We’re killing civilians.
“Russian officers shoot themselves in the legs to go home. There are corpses everywhere.”
NEXTA tweeted on Thursday: “Another intercepted conversation … shows how demoralized and broken the invader army is: #Russian occupiers look for ‘#Ukrainian ammunition’ to shoot themselves in the legs and go to the hospital.”
Newsweek reported late last month that captured Russian soldiers say they do not want war and wish to go home according to a translation of a viral video.
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One Russian soldier reportedly says in the video: “We were told we were being sent for training at first, but we were put on the frontline. People were demoralized and didn’t want to go, but they said you will become public enemies. We do not want this war. We just want to go home, and we want peace.”
According to Daily Mail, audio reveals a Russian soldier telling his mother that his unit ‘want to find some 7.62 bullets, the Ukrainian ones’ instead of 5.62mm ammunition being used in Russian AK-74’s, to wound themselves with, adding that others ‘already did this’.
He explained ‘in secret’ that his fellow troops are hoping ‘to shoots each other’s legs so they would put some bandages on and sent us to the hospital in Budennovsk’, a town in southern Russia.
The audio, which was published by the Ukrainian Security Service, also claims that ‘120 people’ have already been ‘sent back to the hospital with wounds’ and that ‘350’ have been sent back to Russia in coffins.
The unidentified serviceman tells his mother that his crew is no longer ‘combat equipped’ because ‘Ukrainians blew all of it up’ and that ‘if they attack us now, we are dead’.
The Pentagon estimates at least 7,000 Russian troops have now died in the fighting while another 14,000 to 21,000 have been wounded.
That accounts for nearly a fifth of the estimated 150,000 men that Putin amassed on the border before giving the order to attack 21 days ago. Russian soldiers looking for ammo to ‘shoot themselves in the leg’.