DEMORALISED Russian soldiers want to quit the army and say they are being "massacred" in Ukraine, according to intercepted phone calls to their comrades and loved ones back home.
In the calls, troops claim the war could drag on for "months", despite Vladimir Putin's claims the conflict would be over in just two weeks.
Another soldier claims his battalion has run out of food and that forces are looting a nearby supermarket to eat.
English translations of several alleged phone calls from Russian troops were shared online by Ukrainian politician Anton Herashchenko, an advisor at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In one chilling clip, a soldier phoning home complains: "We have no aviation, no f***ing support, we are like cannon fodder."
He adds that he would "do anything to come back home… resign from the army, I don't give a f***".
His relative back home calls on him to "quit" the army as well.
The soldier also says: "We look forward to when it will all end and we will go home, this damn war f***ed everyone up, fighting for no reason," and claims they have "no cover" on the battlefield.
One soldier, in a furious rant on the phone to his comrade littered with swearwords, reportedly says his battalion was "closest" to the Ukrainian forces and were facing "massacres" at the hands of the enemy.
He describes fellow soldiers "waking up f***ing screaming" in the night, while others "shaking" and "afraid" refusing to fight.
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A third soldier, in a call allegedly with his wife back in Russia, tells her: "Russia itself attacked Ukraine, why I don't understand. We're definitely here until May, that's for certain."
He adds: "The war may last for a couple of years… someone here dies every day."
A fifth conversation was allegedly intercepted between two Russian soldiers, one of whom is on the frontline.
One claims he is making up to $52 (£40) a day, an above-average wage in Russia, but says his fellow soldiers "don't give a s***" about the money anymore.
He talks of how he is "going to leave the army" and claims Russian troops with nowhere to wash or sleep are reduced to "sleeping in the street".
The soldier adds: "We're running out of diesel fuel, ammunition level is low too. I don't know what the f*** we're going to do."
It comes as…
- Russia demands Ukraine give up 3 key regions to end war as peace talks resume
- Boris Johnson accused Vladimir Putin of "doubling down" on the murderous attacks against Ukraine
- US officials gave Poland the green light to supply jets to Ukraine – much to the fury of Russia
- Footage showed a Russian fighter jet blown out of the sky as Ukraine claims Putin has now lost 88 planes & 285 tanks
- Horrors photos showed a mum, son and daughter, 8, who were killed by Russian shelling as they attempted to flee
- A captured Russian commander begged for mercy as he confessed that soldiers are "embarrassed" by Putin's invasion
- Putin's secret gymnast lover & their four kids is apparently hiding out a chalet in Switzerland
- Boxing legend and Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko headed to the frontline and gave a newlywed bride a good luck kiss
And he claims the Ukrainian government handing out tens of thousands of guns to its people has hampered Russia's invasion.
"Everyone here has an assault rifle, everyone!" the soldier fumes.
"We were driving yesterday, sitting inside and we heard the sound of bullets, 'ta ta ta ta ta', strikes like that."
Ukraine's military has estimated that Russia has lost more than 11,000 troops since the beginning of the invasion on February 24.
This comes alongside a reported loss of 999 armoured personnel carriers, 454 cars, 290 tanks, 68 helicopters, and 46 planes.
On Sunday, footage posted with the caption "Welcome to hell" shows the incredible moment a Russian helicopter was shot down by Ukrainian forces.
The clip shows the chopper erupt into a fireball as it was blasted out of the sky.
Putin's air force allegedly lost nine aircraft in a single day on Sunday, the worst day of the invasion so far for Russia.
A video of a captured Russian commander condemning the invasion of Ukraine at a press conference has gone viral.
Lieutenant Colonel Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich, an elite fighter in the Russian National Guard's special response unit team, is believed to be the most senior Russian official to speak out against the invasion so far.
Becoming emotional, he said: "I cannot find the words to say sorry to the Ukrainian people," and urged Ukraine to let Russian soldiers live so they could go home and reveal the true horrors of the war.
"I just sincerely hope for your mercy towards those people who come to you with their hands up, or those who are wounded," he said.
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