Russian troops are reportedly so disheartened on the frontlines of Ukraine that they are shooting themselves to avoid fighting and in some instances, actually killing themselves.
The disturbing reports have come directly from Putin's troops themselves who have become increasingly disillusioned with the calamitous campaign.
Captured Russian soldier Andrey Ushakov, 20, has said he knows of at least two soldiers who have shot and killed themselves rather than fight.
Meanwhile, numerous others have shot themselves less seriously in a bid to be sent home.
According to Ushakov, soldiers are either classed as Cargo 300 which means wounded or Cargo 200 which means dead.
Speaking to a Ukrainian journalist, he conveyed some of the terror amongst the Russian ranks.
He said: "Everyone was panicking and wanted to leave, but there was no way.
"The only option to go was as 300. Some people couldn't bear it, and shot themselves dead.
"Two guys shot themselves because they couldn't cope, there was no other way out.
"Mentally they couldn't cope with what was going on there. There was no food, no water.
"We were given little food in general. There were days when three of us shared one dry ration."
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When Ushakov was asked who had taken their lives and why they had done so, he answered bluntly: "Just the ordinary guys, privates from the 6th. One just walked away and shot himself."
The brave resistance was commended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who has proclaimed that Putin's forces are being 'pushed away'.
He tweeted: "The occupiers are gradually being pushed away.
"I am grateful to all our defenders who are holding the line and demonstrating truly superhuman strength to drive out the army of invaders."
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