Russian soldier's heartbreaking last text to mom reveals young man's inner battle
The Russian soldier's last text before he was killed said that his comrades were 'bombing all of the cities' and 'even targeting civilians'
A Russian soldier's chilling last text obtained after he died said that his comrades were “bombing all of the cities” and “even targeting civilians", Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya said. Kyslytsya read out the messages, written in Russian, during an emergency special session of the UN General Assembly.
The soldier's mother responds by asking him where he is so she can send him a care package. The soldier tells her, "I just want to hang myself now." “What are you talking about? What happened?” the mother asks. “Mom, I’m in Ukraine,” her son answers. “There is a real war raging here. I am afraid. We are bombing all of the cities, together. Even targeting civilians. We were told that they would welcome us and they are falling under our armored vehicles, throwing themselves under the wheels and not allowing us to pass. They call us fascists. Mama, this is so hard.”
Kyslytsya’s reading of the texts is part of an attempt to turn Russian hearts against Vladimir Putin. Members of the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia have allegedly claimed that some of Putin's young soldiers sent to fight in Ukraine were actually tricked into enlisting. Members of the group claim soldiers, who were sent to the conflict, were taken to the border on the pretense of doing practice drills. The committee reported that if the soldiers tried to back out, they were beaten.
The non-governmental committee formed in 1989 released a statement, with Andrei Kurochkin, the deputy chairman of the group, telling Russian site Takie Del, "We've had a flurry of calls from scared mothers all over Russia. They are crying, they don’t know if their children are alive or healthy." "If there is a war, then professionals should deal with it, not untrained green guys," he added. A number of Russian soldiers have also reportedly backed the claims.
The young men were allegedly told that they were going to the border for drills. "They are switching entire regiments to contract [soldiers,] although the guys did not submit any formal requests for this, and took no such initiative," Kurochkin said. "There are instances of physical violence, and beatings of those who refuse to become contract soldiers. And after that, it’s completely unknown [what happens to them] because they take away their phones." The group is set to file a formal complaint with the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office.
Meanwhile, a series of mobile crematoriums are claimed to be a part of Russia's war arsenal in Ukraine. The crematoriums are allegedly designed to disintegrate the bodies of dead soldiers and civilians in an attempt to conceal the ongoing war's real death toll. As Putin advanced his dangerous attack on Ukraine, a video of the crematoriums, originally posted in 2013, has resurfaced striking fear. The trucks contain hidden incinerators but the exterior looks like regular vehicles. According to Western defense experts, these may be used to incinerate the bodies of soldiers to try and cover up the evidence of casualties.