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Troopers who defected from Putin’s military services say they joined Ukraine after witnessing atrocities

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Russian soldiers who defected from Vladimir Putin’s military services have reported they made a decision to fight for Ukraine right after witnessing atrocities committed by their previous comrades.

One soldier, who goes by the get in touch with-signal ‘Caesar’, reported he has shot and killed at least 15 Russian soldiers on the battlefield due to the fact becoming a member of Ukraine’s overseas legion. 

‘Yes, I destroy my countrymen, but they have develop into criminals,’ Caesar, who is fighting along with Ukrainian troops in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk area, told CNN. ‘They arrived to a foreign land to rob and eliminate and demolish. They kill civilians, youngsters and women.’

A different Russian, with the connect with indication ‘Silent’, defected and fought for Ukrainian forces when he observed the atrocities fully commited by Russian troops close to Kyiv, stating that viewing the useless bodies of little ones and girls in man or woman ‘turned all the things upside down’.

One particular soldier, who goes by the simply call-indication ‘Caesar’, mentioned he has shot and killed at least 15 Russian soldiers on the battlefield since signing up for Ukraine’s foreign legion

Silent, whose authentic identification has not been disclosed for his protection, experienced been visiting household near Kyiv when he saw the atrocities in Bucha, Irpin and Borodianka – and determined to continue to be and battle for Ukrainian forces.

‘I was just outside the house Kyiv, not far from those people locations, and when they have been kicked out of that territory, we went there to help people and observed what they experienced accomplished,’ Silent reported.

‘Dead bodies, little ones, gals, executions… When you see it in human being, of class everything inside of turns upside down. I made a decision to continue to be listed here till the conclusion and join the legion.’ 

Given that Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine virtually 10 months ago, evidence of the soldiers committing war crimes has continued to mount. Russia has been accused of raping hundreds of women and women, as nicely as murdering and torturing civilians in Russian-held towns.

Another defector, identified only by his get in touch with-indication ‘Vinnie’, claimed that he is aware of he will be tortured and killed by Russian troops if he is captured.

Another defector, identified only by his call-sign 'Vinnie', said that he knows he will be tortured and killed by Russian troops if he is captured

An additional defector, discovered only by his contact-sign ‘Vinnie’, stated that he is aware he will be tortured and killed by Russian troops if he is captured

A Ukrainian serviceman walks near a tank in Bakhmut, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Monday

A Ukrainian serviceman walks near a tank in Bakhmut, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine proceeds, in Donetsk area, Ukraine, on Monday

It arrives just after a previous Wagner group mercenary, Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, was brutally executed with a sledgehammer following he adjusted sides and fought for Ukraine.

Nuzhin experienced his head taped to a brick wall and was beaten to loss of life with the sledgehammer when he was recaptured by his previous colleagues. His execution was applauded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the notorious mercenary group, with the chief indicating a ‘dog gets a dog’s death’ in reaction to the clip.

Vinnie claims he is positive that he will satisfy a equivalent fate if he is recaptured by Russian forces.

‘There is not going to be an trade for sure. It will be the conclusion, 100 per cent,’ he reported. ‘It will just be much more painful.’

Caesar, Silent and Vinnie are amid hundreds of soldiers who are fighting from Russian forces in the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

This still taken from a video published on Telegram shows Yevgeny Nuzhin moments before his brutal extrajudicial murder by pro-Putin Wagner private military company

This however taken from a online video printed on Telegram exhibits Yevgeny Nuzhin moments ahead of his brutal extrajudicial murder by professional-Putin Wagner personal army enterprise

Caesar, who is a Christian, said Putin’s war is ‘offensive’ to him and once Ukraine is ‘free’, he will combat to free Russia from ‘tyranny’. 

He added: ‘I consider that these people have broken the law of male and the regulation of God. I have no pity for them. I consider them prisoner if I can. But most generally, I just have to destroy them.’

It is not acknowledged how quite a few Russian troopers have defected to fight for Ukraine. But in a sign that the range could go into the hundreds, Ukraine explained in Oct that 2,000 people had referred to as a Ukrainian hotline to surrender and defect.

Calls have come from soldiers in Ukraine, people still in Russia who have been conscripted, and some who have not even been given draft orders nonetheless who desired to look at the course of action, Andriy Yusov, a spokesman for Ukraine’s military services intelligence, claimed at the time.

And two months on, the ‘I Want To Live’ hotline is nonetheless getting about 100 enquiries a day from Russian troopers.

It will come just after Putin ordered 300,000 conscripted guys to be despatched to the frontlines  Ukraine in get to prop up his failing invasion.

In the meantime, in Bakhmut, where by ‘Caesar’, ‘Silent’ and ‘Vinnie’ are combating together with Ukrainian soldiers, Ukraine’s army mentioned today its forces experienced repelled Russian attacks there. 

Ukrainian military's Grad multiple rocket launcher fires rockets at Russian positions in the frontline near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Monday

Ukrainian military’s Grad multiple rocket launcher fires rockets at Russian positions in the frontline close to Bakhmut, Donetsk area, Ukraine, on Monday

Russian soldiers were trying to cut roadways to Bakhmut from the west and northwest, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych claimed on YouTube.

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko instructed Ukrainian tv late on Monday that there were only about 12,000 people remaining in Bakhmut, from 80,000 ahead of the war, and there was no electricity or fuel.

In Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia location, at the very least two folks had been killed and several homes wrecked by Russian missile strikes on Monday, an official in the presidential business said.

Reuters movie confirmed two bodies next to a damaged car or truck in the village of Novosofiivka, about 16 miles east of Zaporizhzhia metropolis.

An elderly woman pulls a trolley bag past a destroyed building in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on December 4

An elderly lady pulls a trolley bag earlier a wrecked setting up in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on December 4

‘Both of my neighbours were being killed,’ Olha Troshyna 62, said. ‘They ended up standing by the vehicle… viewing off their son and daughter-in-regulation.’

Ukraine’s air force explained it downed above 60 of more than 70 missiles fired by Russia on Monday.

In modern weeks, Russia has been pounding Ukrainian infrastructure – together with electricity crops – with army strikes and maintaining an offensive likely in the east, notably in and all over the town of Bakhmut.

Russian forces have also been digging in close to the southern town of Kherson, which was recaptured by Ukrainian forces last month right after an 8-month occupation.

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