Ground Report | New Delhi: Putin kill defectors; More than a dozen Russian Spetsnaz fighters have been killed in Mariupol as President Putin’s devastating assault on the strategic port continues to meet with fierce Ukrainian resistance. Ukrainian security services say prisoners have told them their forces are followed by “execution squads” with orders to kill any troops who try to flee in a resurgence of Stalin’s tactics
Ukrainian forces claimed that they had “liquidated” three elite fighters after capturing a Tigr armoured vehicle during heavy fighting in the Sea of Azov port city. One of the GRU soldiers who died had adopted the birth name of Joseph Stalin as a pseudonym.
An elite Spetsnaz fighter who used Stalin’s real name as alias was among the three special forces fighters who died in the battle for the Siege of Mariupol. The trio was named Captain Konstantin Druzhkov, 33, Islam Abduragimov, 19, and Shamil Aselderov. His documents were discovered in a captured Tigr armoured vehicle.
Ukrainian security services say prisoners have told them their forces are followed by “execution squads” with orders to kill any troops who try to flee in a resurgence of Stalin’s tactics. There have also been reports of Chechen units being sent to stop Russian defections. Since the start of the war, Kyiv has released videos showing Russian captives, some of whom they say chose to resign rather than continue fighting, daily mail reported.
This is a powerful media strategy, although human rights groups argue that it violates the Geneva Convention. “My infantry fighting vehicle was shot at, so I dropped all weapons and surrendered,” said one soldier, giving his name and service number. Another Russian, identified as a sergeant major, said they “decided to lay down their arms and surrender to the local authorities” after discovering that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claims that Ukraine was run by nationalists were false.
Handwritten letters purportedly from Russian soldiers who have been fighting in Ukraine have also surfaced telling senior officers why they will not return.
The Russian officer arrived in his tank and, after a drone flew overhead to protect him from an ambush, was taken away by Ukrainian special forces. “He didn’t see the point of the war,” said Victor Andrusiv, an adviser to the interior minister, adding that all the other troops in the tank had already fled to Russia.
“I refuse to participate in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine once again due to lack of technical support, lack of coordination of actions, lack of communication with the unit and with the command,” wrote a sergeant in a motorized unit. (Putin kill defectors)
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