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Friday 13 May 2022 11:08 AM Mutinous Russian soldiers are 'stripped, tied up and taken away in trucks by ... trends now
Friday 13 May 2022 11:08 AM Mutinous Russian soldiers are 'stripped, tied up and taken away in trucks by ... trends now

Friday 13 May 2022 11:08 AM Mutinous Russian soldiers are 'stripped, tied up and taken away in trucks by ... trends now

Mutinous Russian soldiers were stripped, tied up and taken away in trucks under the orders of a feared Russian general who has been sent in to restore discipline in Ukraine, according to a recording released by Kyiv's intelligence services.

Meanwhile, another audio clip was released in which a Russian soldier was overheard Vladimir Putin an 'old nutjob' and criticising his war in Ukraine.

The intercepted audio recordings are the latest evidence that morale is deteriorating among Moscow's forces as its faltering invasion of Ukraine entered its 12th week.

Both recordings were shared by Ukrainian Defence Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate on social media on Thursday, according to the Daily Beast.

In the first intercepted phone call, a Russian soldier is heard telling a friend that the Kremlin has sent in a general, named only in the discussion as 'Muradov'. 

While the general's full name is not revealed in the discussion, it is likely the soldier is referring to lieutenant general Rustam Muradov - the deputy commander of Russia's Southern Military District, known for overseeing brutal fighting in the Syrian civil war.

'Well, Muradov arrived and arranged a demonstrative tribunal,' the soldier said, adding that he disciplined his unit because 'no one wanted to keep going ahead'.

'The commanders didn't want to lead their boys to death, the soldier said. 'The guys themselves just weren't ready. 

'So yesterday [Muradov] busted the f**k out of the commanders to make an example, he undressed them, made them pull everything out of their pockets, tied their hands. Then they loaded them into [buses] and took them away,' he added.

It was not reported by the Ukrainian authorities where the Russian soldier was when he made the phone call with his friend, but it's yet another example of Putin's troops showing signs of low morale amid reports of dwindling equipment and supplies.

Muradov is one of a number of Russian military figures sanctioned by the EU. He was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation in 2017, with the award being presented to him personally by Putin himself.

Pictured: Russian lieutenant general Rustam Muradov, who a Russian soldier - heard in an intercepted phone call - said has been brought in to deal with discipline in his unit

Pictured: Russian lieutenant general Rustam Muradov, who a Russian soldier - heard in an intercepted phone call - said has been brought in to deal with discipline in his unit

Mutinous Russian soldiers were stripped, tied up and taken away in trucks under the orders of a feared Russian general who has been sent in to restore discipline in Ukraine, according to a recording released by Kyiv's intelligence services. Pictured: A Russian soldier is seen in Mariupol in March, as local residents queue for humanitarian aid

Mutinous Russian soldiers were stripped, tied up and taken away in trucks under the orders of a feared Russian general who has been sent in to restore discipline in Ukraine, according to a recording released by Kyiv's intelligence services. Pictured: A Russian soldier is seen in Mariupol in March, as local residents queue for humanitarian aid

In a second recording, another man - also identified only as a Russian soldier - can be heard airing his frustrations over the situation in Ukraine to a female friend.

His main grievance appears to be Putin's Victory Day speech on May 9, which saw the Russian tyrant speak at a huge annual military parade to mark the end of Russia's involvement in the Second World War 77 years ago.

The female friend tells the soldier that she thought Putin's speech was 'gross', adding that she had been 'shaking all day' after listening to it.

The Russian soldier replies: 'Well what do you want, he's an old nutjob,' before mocking Putin. 'Yes let's get the USSR, f**k, Lithuania, Latvia, f**king Estonia, everything that's not part of Russia let's win back.'

While discussing what hypothetical territories Putin would try to invade after Ukraine, they mentioned Belarus. 

The female friend said she believed Belarus would soon send its own troops into Ukraine, to which the soldier shot back: 'let them f**king join already then, what the f**k are we taking the rap all alone here for.'

The friend then suggested Putin might not want to share his 'victory' over Ukraine with another country. The soldier said: 'right, 'victory,' as if we didn't f**k up enough around here already.'

A tank of the DPR army moves on the road during several dozen Ukrainian civilians, who had been living in the bomb shelters of the Azovstal plant for more than a month, being evacuated in Mariupol, Ukraine on May 06, 2022

A tank of the DPR army moves on the road during several dozen Ukrainian civilians, who had been living in the bomb shelters of the Azovstal plant for more than a month, being evacuated in Mariupol, Ukraine on May 06, 2022

The Russian President used his speech to claim that Russian troops in eastern Ukraine were 'defending the motherland'. He also said that the 'special military operation' in Ukraine was necessary and was provoked by the West.

Putin has long bristled at NATO's creep eastward into former Soviet republics. Ukraine and its Western allies have denied the country posed any threat, saying that Putin's invasion was unprovoked. 

The Russian strongman has also claimed his forces are there to 'de-nazify' Ukraine - despite Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky being Jewish and the far-right enjoying little support in the country. 

Analysts believe Russian troops were expecting to be welcomed with open arms as they entered the country, but have instead been met with heavy resistance.

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