In an intercepted message, a Russian soldier made a disturbing admission about how invaders are treating Ukrainians.
Ukraine managed to intercept several haunting phone calls made by Russian soldiers after President Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine.
The message, which appears to be a phone call, was released by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), though the message with dubbed in English and shared to Twitter by Anton Gerashchenko, the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
The Russian soldier can be heard talking about how they clear basements in Ukraine in the audio.
"We do not ask 'who is there?', we just throw grenades, we don't care at all," the soldier laughs, before saying there is a squad called the "Suicide Squad" within the Russian forces.
The soldier says this squad is made up of thugs and then goes on to detail what another squad did to a woman they captured.
"The soldiers from another squad told [me] that they caught a woman, cut off her tongue so that she would not tell," the Russian says, according to the translation.
"They raped her and then killed her.
"I do what I want here, I kill everyone. I don't care at all if it's a civilian or non-civilian."
He then goes on to say he cuts off ears, to which the person on the other end of the line exclaims "Max!".
"Another interception of conversation of Russian soldier experienced in having repeatedly committed war crimes," Mr Gerashchenko said on Twitter.
"Max is ready to cut off ears, rape and kill everybody without distinction."
Another interception of conversation of russian soldier experienced in having repeatedly committed warcrimes. Max is ready to cut off ears, rape and kill everybody without distinction
English subtitles#RussianWarCrimes #UkraineRussiaWar #ArmUkraineNow pic.twitter.com/95yEPhc48h
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) May 26, 2022
'Turning point' three months into war
It's been three months since Russia invaded Ukraine, causing devastation in several cities and forcing thousands to flee.
Russian forces are now focusing on the east, after failing to capture Kyiv, Ukraine's capital.
Russia has poured thousands of troops into its assault in the eastern Donbas region, attacking from three sides in an attempt to encircle Ukrainian forces in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.
The cities' fall would bring nearly the whole of Luhansk province under Russian control, a key Kremlin war aim.
Western military analysts see the battle for Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk as a potential turning point in the war after a shift in momentum towards Russia following the surrender of Ukraine's garrison in Mariupol last week.
"Ukraine will always be an independent state and it won't be broken," Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a late-night address on Thursday.
"The only question is what price our people will have to pay for their freedom, and what price Russia will pay for this senseless war against us.
Ukraine's Ministry of Defence, in an update on May 26, said Russia was still launching missiles and carrying out air strikes in Ukraine.
Mr Zelensky has urged the West to stop playing around with Russia and impose tougher sanctions on Moscow to end its "senseless war".
His criticism of the West has mounted in recent days as the European Union moves slowly towards a possible Russian oil embargo.
On May 25, billionaire George Soros said Russia's invasion of Ukraine may have been the beginning of World War III so the best way to preserve free civilisation was to defeat President Vladimir Putin's forces.
Mr Soros said that Putin, who says the "special operation" in Ukraine is going to plan and will achieve all the Kremlin's aims, now believed the invasion was a mistake and was preparing to negotiate a ceasefire.
"But the ceasefire is unattainable because he cannot be trusted," Soros said.
"The weaker Putin gets the more unpredictable he becomes."
- with Reuters
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