Attrition is taking its toll on Russian forces deployed to Ukraine even before they meet the business end of an American-made missile, with troops shooting themselves in the limbs – or in some cases, the head – to escape the grinding war, a soldier told a Ukrainian journalist following his surrender this week, the Express reports. “Everyone was panicking, and wanted to leave, but there was no way… The only option to go was as ‘300’,” Andrey Ushakov, 20, told Ukrainian journalist Volodymyr Zolkin of Open Media Ukraine, after Ushakov voluntarily surrendered to Ukrainian authorities. “300” refers to the Russian military code for wounded in combat, but Ushakov claimed two others in his unit went all the way “because they couldn’t [cope], there was no other way out.”
“There was no food, no water. We were given little food in general. There were days when three of us shared one dry ration,” Ushakov, who was born at least two years after Putin seized power through false flag terror attacks in 2000, told Zolkin about the awful supply situation the Russian army forced on them. He then urged other young Russians to stay the hell out of the military.
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