|Confessions A Russian soldier was forced to follow orders for the war in Ukraine|
A Russian soldier admits he was forced to follow orders for the war in Ukraine. It is known, Russian President Vladimir Putin has carried out what he called special operations invasion of Ukraine since February 2022. For several weeks, the soldier had to sleep with a crate of grenades and hide his face from the Ukrainians amid growing guilt. According to the junior Russian officer, the conflict in Ukraine is not a basis for him to go to war. "We are dirty and tired. People around us are dying. I don't want to be a part of all this, but I am a part of it," the officer said, as reported by CNN.
He says he went to find his commander and resigned on the spot. The name of the officer or personal details are not disclosed for the sake of security. Her story is great, but it could also be that she is one of many soldiers who feel the same way. Opponents of the war in Russia as well as in Ukraine say they have heard of many cases of soldiers, both professional and conscripts, who refuse to fight. Russian troops have fought ruthlessly and with heavy losses in Ukraine, according to assessments by Western officials including the Pentagon. Britain's Intelligence, Cyber and Security Service said some even refused to carry out orders. The soldier says he is part of a massive troop increase in Russia's west that has sparked global fear for Ukraine. But he said he didn't think much of it, even on February 22 this year when he and the rest of his battalion were asked to hand over their cell phones while stationed in Krasnodar, southern Russia, without any explanation.
That night they spent hours painting white stripes on their military vehicles. Then they were told to wash it, he said. "The order has changed, the letter Z, like in Zorro," he remembered being told. "The next day we were taken to Crimea. To be honest, I didn't think we would go to Ukraine. I didn't expect it to turn out like this at all," the man said. As his unit assembled in Crimea, President Vladimir Putin launched a further invasion of Ukraine on February 24. But the officer said he and his colleagues did not know, because no news was passed on to them.
They also cannot connect with the outside world without a telephone. Two days later they themselves were ordered to Ukraine. "Some people flatly refused.
They wrote reports and left. I don't know what happened to them. I stayed. I don't know why. The next day we left," he said. The officer said he did not know the purpose of the mission; that Russian President Vladimir Putin's bombastic claims that Ukraine is part of Russia and needs to be "de-Nazified" did not reach the people who were asked to fight. "We're not hit with some kind of 'Ukrainian Nazi' rhetoric. A lot of people don't understand what this is all about and what we're doing here," he said. He said he hoped for a diplomatic solution and felt guilty about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The first thing the soldier remembered after his unit crossed the border in a long line of vehicles was to see boxes of dry Russian rations strewn everywhere and piles of crushed equipment. "I was sitting in the KAMAZ (truck), holding the gun tightly. I had a gun and two grenades," he said.
The troops advanced northwest, towards Kherson. As they approach a village, a man with a whip jumps out and starts whipping the convoy and shouts: "You are all screwed!" the officer reminded. "He almost went up to the cabin we were in. His eyes filled with tears from crying. It made a strong impression on me," he added. "In general, when we see the locals, we get tensed. Some of them hide their guns under their clothes, and when they get close, they shoot." He said he would hide his face in shame and safety because he was embarrassed to be seen by Ukrainians there. On their land.
He said the Russians had also come under more severe attacks, with mortars being targeted at them on the second or third day they were in Ukraine.
"For about the first week or so, I was in a state of aftershocks. I didn't think about anything," he said. "I just went to bed thinking: 'Today is March 1st. Tomorrow I'll wake up, it's March 2 -- the main thing is to live another day.' Several times the bullets fell very close. It was a miracle none of us died," he said. The officer told CNN he wasn't the only soldier worried or confused as to why they were being sent to attack Ukraine. But he also remembered some of the excitement when they found out that the battle bonuses were about to be paid out. "Someone reacted, 'Oh, 15 more days here and I'll close the loan,'" he said. After a few weeks, officers were deployed closer to the rear, accompanying equipment that needed repair, he said. There she says she's also become more aware of what's going on and has more time and energy to reflect. "We have radio signals and we can listen to the news," he told CNN. "That's how I found out that shops were closing in Russia and the economy was collapsing.
I feel guilty about this. But I feel even more guilty because we came to Ukraine." He said his resolve had hardened to the point where there was only one thing he could do. "In the end, I gathered strength and went to the commander to write a letter of resignation," he said. At first, the commander refused to approach and told him that it was impossible to refuse to serve. "He told me that there might be a criminal case. The refusal is treason." "But I stayed on my feet. He gave me a piece of paper and a pen," said the soldier. The soldier adds he wrote his resignation. There are other reports in Russia's tightly controlled media environment of soldiers refusing to fight. Valentina Melnikova, executive secretary of the Committee for Mothers of the Russian Union Army, said there were many complaints and concerns that were heard when the first unit was rotated from Ukraine to rest. "Soldiers and officers wrote resignation reports, that they could not return successfully," he said. "The main reason is, first, moral and psychological state.
And the second reason is moral belief. They used to write reports and now they write reports." Melnikova, whose organization was formed in 1989, said all troops had the right to file reports while acknowledging that some commanders might object to them or try to intimidate soldiers.
The Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine reports that in some Russian units, in particular the 150th Motorized Rifle Division of the 8th Army of the Southern Military District, as many as 60 to 70 percent of soldiers refuse to serve. Thousands of Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine since the war began. The Ukrainian Armed Forces estimate Russian losses at more than 22,000. The last time the Russian Ministry of Defense reported losses was on March 25, reporting the deaths of 1,351 servicemen.