Russian soldier admits Ukrainian guns are ‘too powerful’, reveals they ‘have no grenades’

A Russian soldier deployed to the war in Ukraine admitted he was struggling to hold his positions while Ukrainian forces attacked them with “powerful” weapons, according to a leaked recording.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) on Tuesday released a recording of an intercepted phone call in which a Russian soldier said he was out of ammunition to protect himself, adding that his command had let them down.

“We can’t keep up the defense. Their weapons are too powerful compared to ours. We’ve requested air support. We were told: ‘No way, hold the defense as you like,’ the Russian soldier said of the wiretapped call with his wife. “We have no grenades, no guns, no bloody nothing. The cartridges we have left – each of us has a magazine, damn it.”

The soldier’s wife assured him that the Russian command would eventually send help. However, the soldier later dismissed the idea, saying the Ukrainian army shot down four Russian planes before they could reach the ground unit.

“F**k knows when these planes… and if they get here. Four [aircraft] flew here – didn’t make it, for heaven’s sake was shot down,” the soldier said.

The soldier’s remarks were not the first to describe in detail the struggle of the Russian army in the war. The Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry also released audio of an intercepted phone conversation in which a soldier stationed in Kharkiv told his father that they were “losing” the war and had no way out.

“Everything is bad, Pop. I’m telling you, seriously, you know how many injuries we have? … We have nowhere to run Soldier told his father.

According to estimates by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Russian army has lost about 53,300 soldiers since the beginning of the war. At least 350 soldiers were reported dead on Tuesday.

It is also estimated that the Russian armed forces lost a total of 2,175 tanks, 4,662 armored fighting machines, 1,279 artillery systems, 3,469 automotive equipment and fuel tanks.

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