A Russian paratrooper who fought in Ukraine wrote a 141-page memoir about his time there.
Pavel Filatyev described how the soldier was too exhausted and wounded and was about to leave.
Filatiev, who later fled Russia, told the Guardian He could not “keep quiet”.
Russian paratroopers who fought in Ukraine say their troops are deliberately shooting them in the leg to escape the war and get paid $50,000.
Pavel Filatiev, 33 years old, 141-page memoir published Two weeks ago, on the Russian social media platform VKontakte, outlining his experience on the front lines of the Ukrainian war, The Guardian reportedAn insider saw the memoir.
Memoirs — named after the Russian word “ZOV” pre-war symbol —The most detailed account of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine so far.
It shows how some Russian soldiers face so much chaos, hunger and destruction and are looking for a way out.
“Someone started shooting limbs … To get three million rubles and get out of this hell,” Filatyev wrote in his memoirs.
Reuters report published in July Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that he has announced that wounded soldiers can claim compensation of 3 million rubles. This is what the average Russian worker earns in his four years.
Filatiev was a member of the 56th Guards Air Raid Regiment, based in Crimea, the peninsula that Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014, says the memoir. The paratroopers are widely considered the elite of the Russian military, The Guardian reported.
He was sent to mainland Ukraine on February 24, the first day of the Russian invasion, to fight in the cities of Kherson and Mykolaiv before being wounded and evacuated from the front lines in early July with an eye infection, The Guardian said. reported.
“It took me a few weeks to realize that there was no war at all on Russian territory and that we had just attacked Ukraine,” he told The Guardian.
In his memoirs, Filatiev described the Russian army as “barbarians” who stole valuables from Ukrainian homes because they were “worth more than their paychecks.”
“Like savages, we ate everything there: oats, porridge, jam, honey, coffee…we didn’t care about anything. “What savagery can people be driven to by giving no thought to the fact that they must sleep, eat and wash?”
Insiders were unable to independently verify all the details of Filatyev’s story.
Filatiev fled Russia by an undisclosed route last week, The Guardian reported, and it’s unclear where he is currently based.
He told The Guardian that he wrote the memoir because he felt “I can’t keep quiet anymore.”
“I’m not afraid to fight in war. But I need to feel justice to understand that what I’m doing is right,” Filatiev told The Guardian. I believe this is all failing, not only because we stole everything, but because we Russians don’t feel that what we are doing is right.”
Russia’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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