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The New York Times on Wednesday published an article with alleged intercepted conversations of Russian soldiers in the Ukrainian war, with contents such as “We were ordered to kill everyone we see.”
The New York Times published a series of phrases allegedly uttered by soldiers in conversations with their relatives in Russia and which, in general, reflect a feeling of frustration and pessimism about the progress of the war.
“Putin is a madman. He wants to take Kiev, but we can’t do it”, “Our offensive has stopped. We are losing this war”, “We have lost half a regiment” or “When I return home I will leave the damned army” are other phrases published by the newspaper and allegedly uttered by Russians.
The Kremlin said Wednesday that the military campaign in Ukraine will continue also after the incorporation of four Ukrainian regions, where in recent days they held referendums on annexation, condemned by the international community.
“As you know, not all the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic has been liberated. We are talking about the territory on its borders of 2014. That is why, at the very least, the entire Donetsk people’s republic must be liberated,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at his daily press briefing.
Peskov stressed that as for the neighboring Lugansk People’s Republic, Russian troops have control over the entirety of that region on its constitutional borders.
“The territory of the Lugansk people’s republic has been completely liberated,” he said.