Russian soldiers in Ukraine revolt against their generals

According to calls intercepted by Ukraine from Russian troops and commanders, some Russian soldiers in Ukraine have been rebelling against their generals or teetering on the edge of mutiny and taking active attempts to halt the operation.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) routinely posts findings from allegedly intercepted communications on its website, many of which show dissatisfaction with the Russian command’s handling of troops. The substance of any of the allegedly intercepted calls has not been confirmed by Russia.

The recent allegations of brewing rebellions among Russian soldiers emphasize reports of low morale among the country’s army.

Furthermore, while different organizations and leaders have reported varying amounts of Russian troop losses, some estimates put the figure at around 20,000. In late April, NATO assessed that up to 15,000 Russian troops had been killed.

During a speech on Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Russia has lost around 23,000 soldiers in the war.

“The Russian command is well aware that thousands more Russian soldiers will be killed and thousands more will be wounded in the coming weeks,” he warned.

The difficulties that Russian troops are facing, when combined with what a Defense Department official described as “minimal” progress in Donbas more than two months into the battle and indicators that Russian forces have a risk and casualty aversion, may not be conducive to high spirits.

The SSU said on Monday that it intercepted a call in which a Russian soldier in Ukraine allegedly briefed a Russian acquaintance about their refusal to launch a new offensive in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region.

The soldier allegedly stated in the call, which the SSU claims it intercepted near Izium in the Kharkiv region: “In short, we refused to take part in this sh*t, get it?  And they treat us here really tough in general, almost to the point of execution. We want to leave, but they don’t let us. ‘We were told to shoot you,’ he says.”

When asked why they refused, the soldier, according to the SSU, said: “Well, they send us directly to the front line, to real hell. There we’re cannon fodder… There is just the artillery… and to go under the artillery fire – it’s a f**king suicide.”