Russian Soldiers Shooting Themselves in Legs to Avoid Combat: Report

President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the Defender of the Fatherland Day. Via Wikimedia Commons.

According to a new report, members of the Russian infantry are shooting themselves in the legs to avoid combat against Ukraine. The report details that they are using Ukrainian ammunition to make it appear they were attacked by Ukraine.

The New York Post reports:

The Russian troops have been widely reported to be demoralized in the invasion, which has already claimed as many as 14,000 of them, according to the latest estimate from the Ukrainian government.

In a conversation between soldiers intercepted by Belarusian media outlet NEXTA, one Russian said, “They’ve been shooting at us for 14 days. We’re scared. We’re stealing food, breaking into houses. We’re killing civilians,” the US Sun reported.

“Russian officers shoot themselves in the legs to go home. There are corpses everywhere,” he continued.

Another soldier was heard saying that his comrades are “looking for Ukrainian ammunition in order to shoot themselves in the legs and go to hospital.” Deserters face harsh punishment in the motherland, so using Ukrainian weapons and ammo on themselves allows them to make their self-inflicted wounds appear to be battlefield wounds, according to reports.


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