Andrey Ushakov, 20, said demoralized rookie soldiers fighting for Russia were using their weapons to kill themselves. Many more want to return home classified as ‘Cargo 300’, or wounded, turning their firearms to inflict serious injury. The surrendered young soldier stated in an interview with Ukrainian journalist Volodymyr Zolkin, who chronicled Russian prisoners for Open Media Ukraine, that he knew of two who took their own lives out of desperation.
Ushakov said: “Everyone was in a panic and wanted to leave, but there was no way.
“The only option to go was like ‘300’ [wounded] .
“Some people couldn’t take it and shot themselves to death.”
He added in the interview: “Two guys shot themselves, because they couldn’t [cope]there was no other way out.
“Mentally, they couldn’t handle what was happening there.”
When asked what kind of military men had taken their own lives with their arsenal of army weapons, Ushakov replied, “Just the regular guys, 6th soldiers.”
He claimed that one soldier saw the horrific impact of the war in Ukraine and “just walked away and killed himself” dead.
There were also reports of soldiers shooting their limbs just so they could be sent home.
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He concluded: “Don’t come here.
“There’s nothing for us to do. We only bring pain. The people here are good.
“And if we don’t value our lives, we won’t ruin the lives of others.”
The gruesome stories come with reports of more problems facing Russian forces in their increasingly disastrous invasion of Ukraine.
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, head of the British armed forces, recently warned Putin he may be facing the prospect of an arms deficit after underestimating the Ukrainians’ vigorous resistance.
The Chief of the Defense Staff said: “You are also seeing, on a daily basis, Russia struggling to get momentum, struggling to align its air forces with its ground forces and struggling to get what we call the modern campaign that creates that momentum. “
Sir Tony also claimed that since the start of the war, Russia has lost a quarter of its forces in Ukraine, with their fighting intensifying in the main battleground of the Donbas region in the east of the country.
He added: “We are talking about a severe impact on their military.
“We had 25 percent of their forces being effectively wiped out – either by people being killed or by damage to their battalion tactical groups.”