Russian Troops Discuss Mass Desertion

Barry Gander
7 min readMar 24
A Ukrainian howitzer fires at Russian positions near Bakhmut.

According to a two-and-a-half minute recording released yesterday by Ukrainian intelligence, two Russian soldiers discussed mass desertions in a phone call.

They revealed that 119 of their comrades had fled the front line. Many of them were evidently tracked down and 70 of them were hit with criminal charges, while 30 were “jailed for fucking two years or more.”

Barry Gander

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