Captured Russian conscripts apologise for attacking the country ‘like fascists’ 

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Russian conscripts who have been captured by Ukrainian forces say they have been deceived into believing the warfare was a navy coaching train and have apologised for attacking Ukraine ‘like fascists’.

The 5 Russian captives, who have been all referred to as up for navy service in June 2021, spoke at a media briefing at the Ukraine Media Centre in Kyiv, the place they advised of their disgrace for the invasion of Ukraine.

One advised of how his battalion ran out of meals and their gear stored breaking only a few days into the Russian invasion, leaving them with solely six tanks out of the 30 they began with.

Aleksandr Morozov, 22, from Moscow, who was referred to as up for navy service in June final year, and is a personal firstclass – a part of the primary workforce power in the Russian Army as a junior soldier transitioning up the ranks. 

He stated that troopers have been deceived into believing they have been doing drills in fields of Russian territory, the place they got rations which have been expired for years.

‘When we entered the territory of Ukraine, we reached the city of Romny, our process was to arrange a checkpoint and simply examine the automobiles… We have been taken prisoner close to the metropolis of Sumy,’ Mr Morozov defined.

‘I assumed that we might be overwhelmed, humiliated, given no meals or water in captivity. As a outcome, it turned out the reverse: we got meals, water, we had a spot to sleep, we got heat garments.’

Russian conscripts who have been captured by Ukrainian forces say they have been deceived into believing the warfare was a navy coaching train and have apologised for attacking Ukraine ‘like fascists’ (pictured, Aleksandr Morozov, 22, from Moscow, who was referred to as up for navy service in June final year)

Nikolai Polshchykov, 21, pictured, stated after two months of service in his regiment, troops have been despatched to drills in Kursk and Belgorod, explaining that by the finish of the workout routines, their navy gear was marked with the letter Z and was ready for fight operations

The 22-year-old advised of how their gear was regularly breaking down as they drove in the direction of Romny.  

‘Ukrainians are a robust individuals, they struggle like beasts, Mr Morozov stated. ‘Their plane shatters our columns completely. Our facet suffers nice losses: technicians, sergeants, officers, troopers. And we need to cease that. 

‘I need to apologize to the complete of Ukraine for coming right here. I are not looking for violence on this country. I’m very ashamed.’

He added that Vladimir Putin is ‘mendacity’ for telling the world that there are not any conscripts participating in the ‘navy operation’.   

Nikolai Polshchykov, 21, who can also be a personal firstclass for the Russian navy, who lives in Ryazan, western Russia, stated after simply two months of service in his regiment, the troops have been despatched to drills in Kursk and Belgorod, and like Mr Morozov, additionally discovered himself close to the city of Romny.

Captive Russian conscripts pictured, from left to proper: Nikolai Polshchikov, Niyaz Akhunov, Aleksandr Morozov, Anton Savin and Andrey Pozdeev. The captives, who have been all referred to as up for navy service in June 2021, spoke at a media briefing at the Ukraine Media Centre in Kyiv, the place they advised of their disgrace for the invasion of Ukraine

Anton Savin, 20, from Solikamsk, Perm Krai in western Russia, stated that his tank regiment was additionally despatched to the workout routines, solely to be disadvantaged of their telephones. They have been then advised they have been to ‘go to Ukraine to hold out a fight mission to seize the metropolis of Kyiv and to free the civilian inhabitants of Ukraine from the so-called Bandera followers and neo-Nazis’

He defined that by the finish of the workout routines, their navy gear was marked with the letter Z and was being ready for fight operations.

Pro-Putin politicians, activists, and influencers have been noticed carrying garments and badges with the letter ‘Z’ on to point out their help for the invasion of Ukraine and has been seen on Russian tanks and navy automobiles coming into Ukraine, turning into an emblem of the invasion.

‘I need to enchantment to the residents of my country, to folks whose sons are serving and whose youngsters are going to serve.

‘Do not ship them right here as a result of very horrible issues are taking place right here you might be unaware of… Here the Armed Forces of Ukraine try to guard their country. We broke into their home like fascists. 

‘Not realizing the function, duties. We are simply being killed. Our plane and artillery bomb peaceable cities. I apologize to the individuals of Ukraine for breaking into your home. 

Siberian-born Andrey Pozdeyev, who lives in Irkutsk, 19, recalled the starting of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, earlier than which they have been advised, “Don’t be afraid, no-one will take you to Ukraine” – as a substitute believing they have been conducting a coaching march by means of Russia

‘We got here below hearth, I used to be wounded and I noticed many individuals killed, many wounded. There have been greater than 150 conscripts in my battalion.’

According to Mr Polshchykov, he stated there have been individuals who have been shopping for their method out of participating in the Russian invasion of Ukraine by bribing their commanders to remain in Russia. 

He added that the ‘solely factor’ he believes he could die from if he continued as a Russian soldier in the invasion is the strikes of Russian planes. 

Anton Savin, 20, from Solikamsk, Perm Krai in western Russia, stated that his tank regiment was additionally despatched to the workout routines, solely to be disadvantaged of their telephones.

They have been then advised they have been to ‘go to Ukraine to hold out a fight mission to seize the metropolis of Kyiv and to free the civilian inhabitants of Ukraine from the so-called Bandera followers and neo-Nazis,’ Mr Salvin stated.

He added that they might obtain a ‘financial reward’ after the operation was full. 

‘We didn’t have the alternative to flee from there, we have been put in tanks… And on the morning of February 24, we have been already in the territory of Ukraine…’ Mr Salvin stated.

Niyaz Akhunov, 20, was one other troop taken as prisoner by Ukrainian forces, which he stated was ‘scary’ at first however they have been all rapidly given medicines, change of garments and have been handled effectively – he apologised to Ukrainian individuals for crossing the border and ‘bombing your cities’

Nikolai Polshchikov stated he wished to enchantment to the residents of Russia to ‘not ship them right here’: ‘Very horrible issues are taking place right here you might be unaware of… Here the Armed Forces of Ukraine try to guard their country. We broke into their home like fascists’

‘In a number of days, we ran out of meals. Our gear was breaking on the method. There have been solely 6 tanks left from 30 and a couple of armored personnel carriers.’

Niyaz Akhunov, 20, was one other troop taken as prisoner by Ukrainian forces, which he stated was ‘scary’ at first however they have been all rapidly given medicines, change of garments and have been handled effectively.

He stated: ‘This is a mindless warfare wherein we have been thrown – conscripts who haven’t seen actual hostilities… I want to apologize to all the Ukrainian individuals for crossing the border with Ukraine, coming with weapons to you, bombing your cities.’

Siberian-born Andrey Pozdeyev, who lives in Irkutsk, 19, recalled the starting of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, earlier than which they have been advised, “Don’t be afraid, no-one will take you to Ukraine” – as a substitute believing they have been conducting a coaching march by means of Russia. 

Russian troops have been ordered by President Putin to invade Ukraine on February 24, shelling and destroying infrastructure and destroying hundreds of residential areas of Ukranian cities and cities utilizing artillery and missiles. (Firefighters pictured in Kyiv extinguishing a 16-storey residential constructing on March 15)

‘There was a morning line-up, and we have been advised: “For those who did not understand, you are in the territory of Ukraine”. And all the statements by Vladimir Putin that there are not any conscripts in his navy operation are lies.’

Russian troops have been ordered by President Putin to invade Ukraine on February 24, shelling and destroying infrastructure and destroying hundreds of residential areas of Ukranian cities and cities utilizing artillery and missiles.