Ukraine: Intercepted conversation reveals Russian soldiers sabotaging own tanks: Report

Russian troops in Ukraine are sabotaging own military vehicles and tanks in order to avoid fighting in war as per wiretaps intercepted by Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), said a report in The Daily Beast. The news outlet said that in one regiment, Russian soldiers were pouring sand in the fuel systems of the tanks to clog them.

The report in The Daily Beast is based on a Facebook video posted by a Ukraine Government handle. This is an audio clip in which two men can be heard conversing in Russian. 

“I don’t follow stupid orders, I simply refuse,” one fighter can be heard telling a comrade. “The motherf****r sent me to tanks, motherf*cking piece of shit. I f***ed it up and that’s it.” The Daily Beast has quoted these soldiers.

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