Russian troops who have been captured by Ukrainian forces have urged their people to rise up against President Vladmir Putin as they tell the world of fellow soldiers being thrown in mass graves.
A group of Russian soldiers spoke out against their government during a press conference with news agency Interfax-Ukraine, telling fellow citizens to not ‘look at the zombies.’
Alexei Zheleznyak, Mustafaev Mugsad, Igor Rudenko, Alexander Fomenko and others nearly wept as they told the press conference of their opposition to the Russian invasion, according to The Mirror.
Mr Zheleznyak, a soldier of the 34th separate motorized rifle brigade stationed in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic of Russia, told the conference he warned Putin he would never be able to send enough troops to Ukraine to take over.
He added that Putin ‘is a liar and a deceiver of all our people.’
‘Putin, without declaring war, is bombing residents, hospitals, cities of Ukraine,’ he said, according to translations of the conference.
‘People of Russia, don’t look at the zombies. The Ukrainian people are a brave people. They will stop this (Russian) equipment even without weapons. They are united.
‘No matter how much Putin sends his troops here, he will not capture this territory… Our commander-in-chief is a liar and a deceiver of all our people.
‘He deceived not only us, but the whole of Russia. He simply made fascists out of us.’
Mr Mugsad, of the 34th separate motorized rifle brigade of the Russian Federation, also urged Russian citizens to ignore state propaganda in their home country.
‘People will remember our aggression for centuries,’ he said.
‘People, military men of Russia, finally take off your rose-coloured glasses and see what is happening in Ukraine.’