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Adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister shares footage of Russian draftees taken captive in Luhansk region

Anton Herashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, and Ukrainian journalist Andriy Tsaplienko posted in their Telegram channels a video which claims to show captured Russian draftees.

According to Herashchenko, the soldiers surrendered to the 92nd brigade near Svatove, Luhansk region. The official claims that many of the captives are from Moscow and the Moscow region.

The men in the video introduce themselves as servicemen of the 9th regiment. The video shows 21 people, their hands and heads are tied with yellow scotch tape. The men speak almost simultaneously and say that they were sent to the frontlines one month after the draft.

According to them, the men were thrown into wet tranches, they did not eat or drink for three days, and could not contact their families and friends. One of the draftees adds that “the commanders fled first” after shelling began. “We were left to get slaughtered,” the video shows them saying.

“It’s friendly fire,” says one of the men. “We saw it with our own eyes, and they are just lying to us there.”

“Don’t go to this war, it’s not your war or a war at all,” one other man adds.

Earlier, Mediazona reported that draftee troops were sent to the frontlines near Svatove without command or the necessary equipment.

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