Putin’s soldiers shot those who refused to open fire on civilians and many are deserting, POWs claim

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A captured Russian soldier has described how he was shot at and his comrade killed after fellow troops opened fire on them after they tried to shield Ukrainian civilians.

In a video, the POW described how he and a lieutenant tried to save a lady in her 20s, and her mom, after Russian soldiers got orders to fire on civilians on February 24 in Kharkiv.  

In the clip, the captured soldier claimed he was shot within the foot, and the lieutenant killed, when different troops realised the pair weren’t capturing at civilians. 

It comes as a separate video confirmed a POW describing how ‘many’ Russian troops are fleeing the warfare – regardless of warnings from above that they face seven years in jail for desertion.  

The man described an incident on February 24 in Kharkiv, the place he and a lieutenant tried to shield a lady in her twenties, and her mom, as the 2 sides opened fire on one another

In the primary video, the soldier describes how folks began hiding when Russian troops opened fire.

‘Then your (Ukrainian) forces started to shoot at ours. And then, whereas ours had been being shot at, me and my lieutenant had been serving to civilians.’

He stated the 2 males ‘choice to save civilians, Ukrainian civilians’.

Speaking in regards to the two girls they helped, the soldier stated: ‘The lieutenant ran over to them, started to take them out of the automobile, shouting “come over over here”. 

‘In about 20 minutes, they observed me and the lieutenant had been saving civilians and an order was given to shoot me and the lieutenant and the civilians.

‘The lieutenant was killed, then they started capturing on the mom. She died with him too.

In a second video launched by the Ukrainian Security Service on Facebook, a Russian army technician was questioned, and claimed deserters are being threatened with jail time

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‘Me and the daughter started to retreat. My forces started to shoot me within the legs.

‘If it wasn’t for this storage, they’d have killed me the identical as that they had with the mom and lieutenant. 

‘Me and the daughter sat behind this storage. We hid till it quietened down and the daughter recommended to drive away, name for forces.

‘She went to discover her mom, who was subsequent to the lieutenant. Got the keys (to the automobile).

‘I crawled to the automobile and she put me within the backseat. She began the automobile and drove.’

It’s understood the person lost consciousness and when he got here to, awoke thirsty, explaining the civilian was ready to get him some water earlier than they received medical consideration.

In a second video launched by the Ukrainian Security Service on Facebook, a Russian army technician was questioned, and claimed deserters are being threatened with seven years of jail time. 

The man, who transported tools in want of restore from Ukraine, stated: ‘Many have already left residence. Many are fleeing, they do not need to go to warfare. What is it for? No one wants this, this warfare. No one needs this.

‘They are in opposition to it, they’re escaping. The factor is that they’re promising seven years in jail, so folks are staying. No one needs to go to jail.

‘Around month in the past they gathered us, gave us paperwork, and advised us to say we’re prepared to take part in a particular operation.

‘Even in the event you did not need to join it, you probably did, and everybody was 100% advised to go, they had been despatched.

‘And so round a month in the past, they despatched us away and loaded tools.’

A video yesterday additionally confirmed a captured Russian commander begging for ‘mercy’ for Putin’s forces attacking Ukraine, saying they had been duped into invading within the false perception that the federal government had been overthrown by Nazis and needing liberating.

The man, who claimed he’s a lieutenant-colonel within the Russian nationwide guard’s particular speedy response unit, stated his countrymen have been ‘brainwashed’ into supporting the warfare however – having seen the state of affairs in Ukraine for himself – he now feels ‘disgrace’ in collaborating in ‘genocide’ and says Ukrainians are ‘proper’ to resist.

Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich stated his doubts solidified when he noticed two of his favorite boxers – Oleksandr Usyk and Vasiliy Lomachenko – agreeing to struggle for the resistance.

And in a stark message delivered to Russian troops nonetheless preventing, he stated: ‘I’m begging you, cease earlier than it’s too late…Russia can not win right here.

‘If somebody got here to my territory, I’d do the identical as these folks did and I’d be proper. They are proper now.

‘Guys, be courageous. It’s simpler for me, I’m on this state of affairs already. You are in a tense state of affairs, going in opposition to your personal commander.

‘But that is genocide, the folks are simply killed.’

It echoes statements given by different Russian prisoners interviewed by Ukrainian forces, who stated the order to assault got here at brief discover, that they had been advised the Ukrainian authorities had been deposed, and that they had been moving into a ‘liberators’ who ought to anticipate solely mild resistance. Instead, they walked right into a massacre.

Ukrainian servicemen examine a charred Russian tank that was destroyed on the outskirts of Sumy, jap Ukraine

None of their accounts might be verified, and all statements are probably to have been given beneath some extent of duress.

But the consistency with which the identical story is being advised – by soldiers from completely different items preventing in several areas of the nation who haven’t had time to align their tales – is hanging.

This comes as Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov right now launched new estimates of casualties and harm from the warfare, saying Russian army actions have killed 38 kids and wounded greater than 70.

A charred Russian tank is seen on the outskirts of Sumy, a metropolis within the east of the nation, as Putin’s invading drive continues to endure losses with out a vital achieve in territory

In a video handle, he stated that overall at the very least 400 civilian deaths have been recorded and 800 wounded, although ‘these knowledge are undoubtedly incomplete’.

It was not instantly doable to confirm the figures.

He stated Russian strikes have destroyed greater than 200 Ukrainian colleges, 34 hospitals and 1,500 residential buildings.

Reznikov estimated some 10,000 international college students, notably from India, China and the Persian Gulf are trapped by the preventing, and described assaults on British and Swiss journalists.

Ukrainian soldiers in Luhansk, within the nation’s east, captured pictures displaying destroyed Russian army automobiles

He claimed that Ukrainian forces have killed greater than 11,000 Russian troops.

‘Russian invaders fire on humanitarian corridors by means of which civilians are making an attempt to escape,’ he stated, with out saying the place.

Russian officers didn’t remark Tuesday and have solely acknowledged a number of hundred deaths amongst Russian forces. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has additionally right now known as for the growth of humanitarian corridors for Ukrainian civilians fleeing warfare, and extra help from the Red Cross.

Refugees fleeing Ukraine look forward to a practice to Budapest at Zahony practice station in Hungary right now

In a video handle from an undisclosed location, he stated a toddler died of dehydration within the blockaded southern seaport of Mariupol, in an indication of how determined town’s inhabitants has develop into, and as soon as once more begged Western international locations to present air help.

He stated evacuation buses have been despatched to Mariupol, however stated there was no agency settlement on the route, so ‘Russian troops can merely shoot on this transport on the best way.’

Zelensky accused the International Red Cross of ‘forbidding the usage of its emblem on our automobiles,’ however didn’t give particulars. Videos of buses heading out of Sumy and towards Mariupol have had indicators with a purple cross on the facet however it’s not clear who pasted them there.