Ukrainian military intelligence recently released the audio of an allegedly intercepted phone call in which a Russian soldier described an entire unit of his country’s armed forces being “massacred” by the Ukrainian military.
The soldier suggested the unit was killed after they became “far too relaxed” and drunk.
The Ukrainian Military Intelligence Directorate (GUR) released the audio, which could not be independently verified by News week— on his Telegram channel on August 31. GUR frequently releases audio recordings of what it says are intercepted communications related to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, and the calls often portray Russian forces in a negative light.
The audio released last week was of a Russian soldier fighting in Ukraine and a woman in Russia. The soldier told the woman who Kyiv Post His wife or girlfriend thought the ground formation eliminated by Ukrainian forces was the 27th Brigade. The unit was positioned near the town of Svatove, in the northeast of the country.
During the call, the soldier asked the caller if she had heard of what had happened to the 27th Brigade.
When responding that they had not heard of the unit, the troop said, according to a translation of the Kyiv Post: “The problem is that they were cut into pieces.”
“Do you mean all of them?” asked the woman.
“Yes, all our men were massacred,” the soldier said.
THE Kyiv Post the soldier wrote, then he speculated that the unit members had probably become “far too relaxed” in their position, perhaps because they thought they would soon be withdrawn from the front lines of the war.
“Yeah, they knew they would be pulled out soon, so they had to be patient,” the soldier said. “But no… They must have gotten drunk.”
GUR did not say when the intercepted phone call allegedly took place, but Putin’s military has recently stepped up its efforts to reclaim territory in Ukraine’s northeastern region.
In early August, the Russian Defense Ministry said its forces had successfully advanced into northeastern Ukraine. THE Kyiv Post “Fighting in the Svatove region has been fierce for several weeks as Russian forces advance towards the town of Kupyansk.”
Analysts have speculated that Putin’s army could use the fighting in northeastern Ukraine as a tactic to divert resources from Kiev’s counteroffensive operations in the south of the country, as well as to attempt to reconquer the city of Kupyansk.
Kupyansk is a railway hub and Russia had used it as a logistics and supply site after taking control of the city at the start of the war which started on February 24, 2022. However, Kiev regained control of Kupyansk in September in one of his first major counter-offensives.
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