It has been terribly obvious that Russia’s army is not what the world believed it to be prior to the invasion of Ukraine.
Fueled by Hollywood’s downright frightening depiction of the Cold War Soviet Union, (and then a healthy dose of Russian bad guys in movies that came later), much of the world believed that Ukraine would be simply and swiftly trampled by Vladimir Putin’s thugs.
What they witnessed instead were scared teenagers running around with rusty AK-47’s and riding in 70-year old tanks who would cry on the phone with their mothers once they were easily captured by Ukrainian troops.
With morale continuing to plummet, the Russian army is now taking an extraordinary and cruel step.
A captured Russian soldier has said he witnessed the execution of his fellow troops after they displayed fear on the battlefield in Ukraine.Trending:
After his interview began to circulate on Ukrainian Telegram channels, independent Russian news outlet Nestka identified the individual as Vladislav Izmailov, a 26-year-old former convict from the city of Samara in Russia’s southwest.
Before revealing his experience on the front line, Izmailov said he wanted to give an interview because he “decided to tell the whole truth.”Advertisement - story continues below
He said “everything turned out to be different” when he and his fellow soldiers arrived in Ukraine after a two-week training course.
“They said the death rate was low. But in fact, the mortality rate is very high. Few remain alive, and it will be difficult to make it through these six months alive, “said Izmailov.
Then came the most disturbing details:
When pressed on the reports that Russian men are being executed if they attempt to abandon their positions on the front line, Izmailov said he witnessed the deaths of two soldiers in his unit after they displayed fear in battle.
“In the first assault, I was the second group. The evacuation team was ahead of me. There were two people there who were just scared. Artillery worked. They were frightened – [their] first time in the war. And then these two were ‘nullified’ at the base,” Izmailov said.Advertisement - story continues below
“They were digging their own grave, they were simply shot and buried.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been an abject failure already, but reports such as this are sure to cement their reputation as barbarians for decades to come.