“We had no ethical proper to assault one other nation.”  Russian paratrooper wrote a guide concerning the first days of the battle.  He himself participated within the invasion of Ukraine

“We had no ethical proper to assault one other nation.” Russian paratrooper wrote a guide concerning the first days of the battle. He himself participated within the invasion of Ukraine

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On the morning of February 24, 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine. Amongst those that participated on this invasion was Pavel Filatiev. The 33-year-old paratrooper spent two months on the entrance line, after which he left the military for well being causes. Now Filatiev opposes the battle. He wrote a guide known as “ZOV” through which he described the state of the Russian military earlier than the battle and what occurred within the early days of the invasion. Excerpts from the guide revealed by the publication “Vital Tales”.

Concerning the Russian military on the eve of the battle

Unsuccessfully hovering and moonlighting somewhere else, [в августе прошлого года] I determine to return to the military. I obtain an order to return to the unit [в Крыму]. After 10 days, they provide out a uniform, however solely a summer time one, there are not any berets of the best measurement, which is why I am going and purchase berets for myself.

In mid-October, they start to situation demi-season and winter uniforms, however solely worn ones and no sizes. I refuse to obtain worn uniforms that don’t match, due to which the aggravation of relations with the command begins. After arguing with the corporate commander, I am going and purchase myself a pea coat.

We arrive on the web site for [учебных] jumps [с парашютом]. At night time it was minus, we have been driving in open KamAZ vans. Many servicemen have been with out heat garments: some didn’t obtain, others refused to obtain. Inside every week, about thirty servicemen from my unit have been admitted to the infectious illnesses division. Everybody was current on the jumps.

Concerning the “workouts” earlier than the battle

In mid-February, my firm was on the coaching floor in Stary Krym. I understood that one thing was positively brewing – everybody who stop or was sick was pushed to the coaching floor.

The subsequent few days we went to the capturing vary, the place I lastly took my machine gun for the primary time. It turned out that my machine with a damaged belt and simply rusty. On the very first night time firing, there was a plugging [патрона].

Someplace on February 20, an order got here for everybody to urgently collect and transfer out evenly, a compelled march was coming to nobody is aware of the place. Even then everybody was soiled and exhausted. Some lived for nearly a month on the coaching floor with none circumstances, everybody’s nerves have been on edge, the environment turned increasingly severe and incomprehensible.

On February 23, the division commander arrived, and, congratulating us on the vacation, introduced that from tomorrow the wage per day can be 69 {dollars}. It was a transparent signal that one thing severe was about to occur.

Concerning the first days of the battle

[24 февраля я] wakened at two within the morning [в кузове КамАЗа], the column lined up someplace within the wilderness, everybody turned off the engines, turned off the headlights. Rocket artillery labored to the best and left of our column. I couldn’t perceive: are we firing on the advancing Ukrainians? Perhaps NATO? Or are we attacking? On whom is that this infernal shelling being carried out?

The column started to maneuver slowly. I heard gunfire and explosions within the course we have been going. The place, why and why we’re going, it was not clear. It was clear that an actual battle had begun. [Позже] know that [у нас] order to go to Kherson. It turned clear that we attacked Ukraine… We have already got the wounded and the useless. Command has no connection. The commander doesn’t perceive what is going on.

[28 февраля] discover out that somebody shot a civilian automobile with a cannon BMD. A mom and several other youngsters have been within the automobile, just one baby survived.

A number of tales of these killed in Ukraine

  • “Each day you get up and you’re somebody new. Right this moment you’re a gravedigger” Mariupol has was an enormous cemetery. Meduza tells the tales of people that lie in avenue graves and people who buried them

On the assault on Kherson

All our preparation was solely on paper, our method was hopelessly outdated. Our ways are nonetheless the identical as these of our grandfathers! Those that broke via are already destroyed. The fellows inform me that there are 50 individuals left of their brigade.

It begins to get darkish, the crew involves dig in. It was very chilly. Nobody had sleeping baggage, the frost started to penetrate to the bones. We don’t even want an enemy, the command has put us in such circumstances that the homeless reside higher.

[На следующий день] we arrived on the Kherson seaport. Everybody started to go looking the buildings seeking meals, water, a bathe and a spot to sleep, somebody started to hold computer systems and every thing of worth that they might discover. I used to be no exception: I discovered a hat in a damaged truck on the territory, took it away.

The workplaces had a eating room with a kitchen and fridges. We, like savages, ate every thing that was there. We turned every thing the wrong way up in a single day.

Looting of Russian troopers

  • Half a ton of “trophies” Meduza tracked down the Russian army who have been sending big parcels from the border with Ukraine to Rubtsovsk. It’s to this metropolis that almost all of those cargoes go.

About getting back from the entrance line

By mid-April, I bought dust in my eyes resulting from artillery fireplace, and keratitis started. After 5 days of torment, when the attention had already closed, I used to be nonetheless evacuated. The paramedic who despatched me to evacuate requested me to inform the medical squad that he didn’t have syringes and painkillers.

We have been delivered to one of many barracks, which was designated for many who have been discharged from the hospital. [Там была] 100 individuals who returned from the battle, who went loopy after the expertise. Somebody stuttered lots, noticed two with reminiscence loss, a lot of them drank exhausting, consuming what they earned.

I needed to pay for remedy and purchase medicines at my very own expense. For 2 months I attempted to get remedy from the military, went to the prosecutor’s workplace, went to the command, to the pinnacle of the hospital, wrote to the president.

Spitting on every thing, I made a decision to undergo the army medical fee and depart [из армии] on well being. The command acknowledged that I used to be evading service, and handed over the paperwork to the prosecutor’s workplace to provoke a felony case. Many, taking over such a showcase, try to ship again.

About how individuals are compelled to struggle

  • “I’ve misplaced all my comrades. I’m 21 years previous and I actually wish to reside. However the commander refuses to just accept the report” The Insider revealed complaints to the army prosecutor’s workplace from Russian troopers preventing in Ukraine and their households

Concerning the temper within the military

We had no ethical proper to assault one other nation, particularly the individuals closest to us. When it began, I knew few individuals who believed within the Nazis and, furthermore, needed to struggle with Ukraine. We didn’t have hatred and we didn’t think about Ukrainians as enemies.

Most within the military are dissatisfied with what is going on there, dissatisfied with the federal government and their command, dissatisfied with Putin and his insurance policies, dissatisfied with the protection minister who didn’t serve within the military.

We all turned hostages of many elements, and I believe that we performed an excessive amount of. We began a horrible battle. A battle through which cities are destroyed and which results in the demise of kids, ladies and the aged.

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