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RUSSIAN troops shot and blew themselves up rather than fight in battle, their captured commander has revealed.
Vladimir Putin’s army appears to have suffered an astonishing collapse, with Ukraine estimating to have reclaimed some 3,000 square kilometres of territory from the invaders.
The onslaught over the last week has seen thousands of Russians flee in disarray in a desperate attempt to avoid the conflict, leaving behind huge quantities of weapons.
But according to Lieutenant Ilya Yun, some soldiers have been driven to take their own lives rather than face the Ukrainians.
The 24-year-old told Channel24 during one battle his severely depleted unit found itself surrounded.
He said: “Of the 12 people, three were captured, and all the others died. Moreover, some shot themselves and blew themselves up.”
The officer told his interviewer he will tell go to the relatives “and tell them how their sons and husbands died”.