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Russian soldiers who disobey orders 'stripped, tied up and taken away in trucks’

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invasion force in Ukraine has been crippled by crumbling morale, with Russian troops reportedly damaging their own equipment and in some cases deliberately injuring their commanders or even themselves to avoid being sent into the fight.According to sources within the Ukrainian military, Russian commanders have been cracking down hard on soldiers who are refusing to fight.In a phone call from a Russian soldier, intercepted by Ukrainian special forces, it’s revealed that lieutenant general Rustam Muradov – the notorious deputy commander of Russia's Southern Military District – has been sent in to make an example of deserters.In the call, the soldier can be heard explaining that some of his unit had refused to advance.Then, he said, “Muradov arrived and arranged a demonstrative tribunal.“The commanders didn't want to lead their boys to their deaths, so yesterday he 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”.The recording hasn’t been independently verified, and there’s no confirmation of which Russian unit were involved or where the “busted” commanders had been sent.

In another intercepted phone call, a Russian soldier was overheard describing Russian leader Putin as an “old nutjob" and criticising the attack on Ukraine.

On Monday, a senior Pentagon official told Newsweek that there had been numerous reports of officers in Russia's military refusing to follow orders in Ukraine.For more incredible stories from the Daily Star, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters hereThe official said that the reports, which have not been independently confirmed, were mainly.

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