Soldier Vadim, 26, surrendered to Ukrainian troops after his convoy was ambushed just days after the invasion began and said the idea the Russian army was strong was an illusion, claiming “we have nothing.”
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One prisoner of war claims that Russian soldiers are treated “like dogs” and not trained.
A private named only Vadim, who was captured in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and taken to a camp in Dnipro, described most of his commanders as heartless “jackals”.
The 26-year-old feels betrayed and said talking about his country’s military like this would be a crime at home.
He was in a Grad rocket launcher when his convoy was ambushed just three days after President Vladimir Putin’s invasion in February.
Vadim was thrown out of the truck by an explosion and assumes everyone else was killed.
The truck behind him was carrying ammunition, so he quickly climbed away, knowing it wouldn’t be long before it erupted.
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After crawling to a roadside tree, he passed out – but was later woken up by the sound of shells falling around him.
A piece of shrapnel sliced into his thigh and he was able to wrap a bandage around it and finally came upon an abandoned gatehouse.
For ten days he sat there, eating biscuits he found inside and drinking from a working faucet.
Once his leg was stronger, he hobbled three miles through a wooded area and then stopped at a bombed-out apartment complex.
He found a refrigerator full of groceries in an apartment and stayed there for three days.
After spotting a Ukrainian patrol, he confronted them and very slowly walked towards them with his hands raised.
He was ordered to lie down and then asked who he was.
Another unit then took him first to a prisoner of war camp and then to a second where he remains.
Vadim told The sun : “Now I have two options. Either I’m in prison here or I will be in prison in Russia for what I said about the Russian army.
“A lot of people think it’s the second army in the world, but we don’t have anything. We have no training, we have no equipment and it is a crime to say that in Russia.”
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Vadim – who joined the armed forces six years ago – said when his unit was ambushed they had already fired around 1,000 rockets in three attacks.
He said they knew something important was happening when they were all ordered to hand over their phones and identification papers.
They were then told to cross Ukrainian territory and shoot at certain coordinates, which he later said was a village with civilians.
He added: “I’ve thought a lot about war crimes. I think it. Because I know how things are in my country. And because they let anyone join the army.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/putin-betrayed-threw-war-like-26876421 Putin betrayed us and threw us into war like untrained dogs, says POW - World News