Captured Russian prisoner sobs as he speaks to his mother

Captured Russian prisoner sobs as he speaks to his mother

Captured Russian prisoner sobs as he tells his mother Putin’s forces have destroyed kindergartens and hospital wards – and begs her to spread the truth back home

  • Harrowing footage shows the soldier captured in Ukraine desperately begging his mother to spread word of the truth back home 
  • He rocks back and forth in his chair while speaking on a video call to his mother telling her she needs to use social media to tell people the truth of attacks 
  • He says: ‘Life has been peaceful here before our President started all of this.’ And his distraught mother replies: ‘I got you, I love you so much’
  • The latest footage comes just two days after other weeping Russian prisoners of war said they have no idea they were being sent to invade Ukraine and were used like ‘cannon fodder’ by commanders 
  • Click here for MailOnline’s liveblog with the latest updates on the Ukraine crisis 

A captured Russian prisoner sobbed on the phone to his mother while telling her how Vladimir Putin’s forces have destroyed kindergartens and hospital wards. 

Harrowing footage shows the soldier captured in Ukraine desperately begging his mother to spread word of the truth back home.  

He rocks back and forth in his chair while speaking on a video call to his mother telling her she needs to use social media so ‘as many people as possible’ can know the truth about Putin’s attacks. 

He says: ‘Life has been peaceful here before our President started all of this.’ And his distraught mother replies: ‘I got you, I love you so much.’ 

It was reported last Saturday that a kindergarten and orphanage had been attacked in the city of Okhtyrka, a small city in the northeastern Ukrainian Sumy province.  

Photos of the attack were shared by a Ukrainian lawmaker, who wrote: ‘In a town Okhtyrka Russian missiles hit kindergarten and bomb shelter. Among dead and injured are children. What else Russian fascists should do for NATO to wake up and defend Ukraine?!’ 

The latest footage comes just two days after other weeping Russian prisoners of war said they have no idea they were being sent to invade Ukraine and were used like ‘cannon fodder’ by commanders.  


Harrowing footage shows the soldier captured in Ukraine desperately begging his mother to spread word of the truth back home. He rocks back and forth in his chair while speaking on a video call to his mother telling her she needs to use social media so ‘as many people as possible’ can know the truth about Putin’s attacks

He says: ‘Life has been peaceful here before our President started all of this.’ And his distraught mother replies: ‘I got you, I love you so much’

It was reported last Saturday that a kindergarten and orphanage had been attacked in the city of Okhtyrka, a small city in the northeastern Ukrainian Sumy province

Photos of the attack were shared by a Ukrainian lawmaker, who wrote: ‘In a town Okhtyrka Russian missiles hit kindergarten and bomb shelter. Among dead and injured are children. What else Russian fascists should do for NATO to wake up and defend Ukraine?!’

Earlier on Wednesday, a video of a Russian soldier breaking down in tears as he spoke to his mother on the phone after surrendering to Ukrainians went viral.

The footage showed a young fighter from Putin’s forces being comforted by a group of women after throwing down his weapon. One of the women tells him ‘everything his OK’ while patting him on the back.

He is then seen drinking tea and eating a pasty as another woman offers him a phone. The young prisoner of war blows kisses as his mother answers, and bursts into tears as soon as he sees her. One of the other women is heard speaking to her down the phone, saying: ‘Natasha, God be with you. We will call you later. He is alive and healthy.’ 

A male voice off camera is heard saying in Ukrainian: ‘These young men, it’s not their fault. They don’t know why they are here. They are using old maps, they are lost.’ 

‘This is not our war. Mothers and wives, collect your husbands. There is no need to be here,’ an injured soldier sat in front of a Ukrainian flag was filmed saying. Other footage showed handcuffed Russian prisoner crying, while saying: ‘They don’t even pick up the corpses, there are no funerals’.  

Captured Russian soldiers have been filmed describing themselves as ‘cannon fodder’ and warning ‘everyone is going in columns and they all die’


Captured Russian soldiers (left and right), speaking in video posted to the Ukraine security services’ Facebook page, claimed they were ‘deceived’ and did not realise they were going to invade Ukraine

Ukraine on Wednesday invited the worried mothers of Russian troops captured on the battlefield to come and collect their sons, in Kyiv’s latest apparent attempt to embarrass Moscow after opening a telephone hotline for Russian parents to find out if their sons are among the dead or captured.  

Ukraine says Russia has lost 5,840 soldiers in the opening days of the conflict – some of its fastest losses since the Second World War, if the figure proves accurate – with Putin’s men suffering a series of embarrassing defeats as they tried to pull off a quick victory but instead met with stiff resistance from Ukrainian forces.

While both US and Ukrainian intelligence believes morale within the Russian ranks is low, Putin and his commanders have showed no sign they are about to give up the fight – and have instead vowed to press even harder to try and capture key objectives.

Sergey Shoigu, the country’s defence minister, said on Tuesday that they offensive would keep going until all objectives had been completed – which he said was the removal of threats to Russia by the West.

Footage shows captured a handcuffed Russian prisoner crying over the death and destruction wrought by the war, saying: ‘They don’t even pick up the corpses, there are no funerals’

Footage shows a young surrendered soldier from Putin’s forces breaking down in tears as he speaks to his mother on the phone after being comforted and fed by Ukrainian women

Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Russia is trying to erase Ukraine and its people as Vladimir Putin’s invasion entered its seventh day today with renewed attacks on all fronts including an expected assault on the city which houses Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

Zelensky, who has become a symbol of Ukrainian defiance and courage since the war began, told his people today that Russians ‘know nothing about our capital. About our history. But they have an order to erase our history. Erase our country. Erase us all.’     

It comes after Putin yesterday hailed his soldiers as heroes who are fighting to save innocent lives and blamed Ukrainian ‘neo-Nazis’ for holding citizens hostage.  

The Russian leader claimed ‘gangster’ Ukrainian leaders using ‘human shields’ was the real reason so many civilians had been killed by his troops’ onslaught in the country. 

Putin made the claim in his address yesterday, his first since announcing the start of his ‘special operation’ eight days ago, which did little to reassure anyone that the war is close to being over, or that Russia can be brought to the negotiating table without more blood being shed.

Debris are seen after the shelling attack by the Russian army, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Chernihiv, Ukraine, March 3

A view shows a residential building damaged by recent shelling, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Chernihiv

But it also hinted that Putin is rattled as the fighting proves harder than Russian commanders anticipated, and western sanctions go harder and deeper than even European or American observers predicted. All hope of a swift victory has now been dashed, leaving Putin facing a long, bloody and expensive war to achieve his aims. 

Russian troops have seized Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine after a firefight that set part of the complex ablaze with President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Putin of resorting to ‘nuclear terror’ and risking a catastrophe ‘six times worse than Chernobyl’ that would affect the whole continent. 

The world’s leading nuclear authorities saw no immediate cause for alarm about damage to the facility, but the assault triggered a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the U.S. Department of Energy activated its nuclear incident response team as a precaution. 

Russian troops attacked the Zaporizhzhia plant in the early hours of Friday, with CCTV capturing a fierce gun battle between Putin’s men and Ukrainian defenders that sparked a fire in a six-storey training building just outside the main complex. Moscow’s men then stopped firefighters getting to the building for several hours as fighting raged.

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