"We were ground up": captured occupants complain of heavy losses in Zaporizhzhia sector. Video
The occupiers, who were captured by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Zaporizhzhia sector, reported heavy losses of Russian troops in this area of the frontline and complained about poor communications. In addition, they admitted that the invaders were being shelled by their own artillery.
OBOZREVATEL has a video of the conversation with the prisoners. In particular, one of them, a sergeant named Mikhail Khramov, said that he served as a rifleman in the 1st company of the 136th Brigade of the Russian Army. The 44-year-old occupier came to fight against Ukraine from the Krasnodar Territory under mobilisation (to watch the video, scroll to the end).
"There were 15 of us. Nine of the 15, I think, were 'two hundred', and six were 'three hundred', which is hard to say. I was wounded six times myself. We were simply ground up, we had no chance. I don't know if the leadership knew or not. It was so stupid - they threw people out and turned them into corpses in two hours. There was no evacuation behind us, and I understand that it was not even foreseen," the Russian soldier complained.
According to the prisoner, his platoon was covered by their own artillery with "friendly fire":
"We were covered by artillery. The platoon commander called for artillery, and the artillery hit our own, and he was immediately destroyed. Not only were we covered from both sides, but we were also covered by our own artillery."
Another captured occupier told how he and his unit were surrounded.
"I surrendered after we were surrounded. They shelled us very hard with artillery and mortars, then surrounded us and said surrender and you will live. We decided to surrender. There were about 12 people, six or seven remained, the rest were the "two hundredths", he said.
According to him, his unit was not well supplied: "There were not enough bulletproof vests, the guys were looking for everything themselves. The medicine was from humanitarian aid, and there was not enough food all the time. There was no communication."
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, another captured occupier complained about the command, which threw him "to the slaughter" in an unknown direction. He admitted that he had surrendered to the Ukrainian Armed Forces because he saw no point in fighting any further.