Ukraine Ambassador: Dead Russian Soldier Said Commander Deceived Military Before Invasion
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 28: Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, speaks during a special session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters on February 28, 2022 in New York City. The U.N. Security Council voted on Sunday to hold a rare emergency special session of the General Assembly to discuss Russia's attack on Ukraine. The meeting gave all 193 members of the global body a chance to present their views on the invasion. Russia voted against the resolution but they did not have veto power under U.N. regulations. On Sunday Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s nuclear deterrent forces to be on high alert, further increasing tensions. The two sides agreed to meet for negotiations on the border with Belarus, as the European Union moved to close its airspace to all Russian planes. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
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A Russian soldier in a text sent moments before his death allegedly expressed doubts about the war in Ukraine and suggested that his commanding officer lied to him about his mission.

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sergiy Kyslytsya, read on Monday what he said was a text exchange between a dead Russian soldier and his mother moments before he died in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Kyslytsya presented what he said was a screenshot of the text during an emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“I would like to read from this screenshot of the smart phone of a killed Russian soldier. It’s an actual screenshot from someone who is dead already,” Kyslytsya said, introducing the exchange.

“Why has it been so long since you responded. Are you really in training exercises?” asks the mother of the killed soldier moments before he was killed.

“Mom, I’m no longer in Crimea. I’m not in training sessions.”

“Where are you then? Papa is asking whether I can send you a parcel.”

“What kind of a parcel, Mama, can you send me?”

“What are you talking about? What happened?”

“Mama, I’m in Ukraine. There is a real war raging here. I’m afraid. We are bombing all of the cities together, even targeting civilians. We were told that they would welcome us and they are falling under our armored vehicles, throwing themselves under the wheels and not allowing us to pass. They call us fascists. Mama, this is so hard.”

“And this was several moments before he was killed,” Kyslytsya added.

The original source of the text exchange is unverified; however, it comes amid rumors that members of the Russian military sent to invade Ukraine were misled at least initially about their mission. A viral video that surfaced over the weekend purports to show several captured Russian soldiers confessing their doubts about the mission and claiming that they were lied to by commanders. As Newsweek reported:

When asked what purpose they came to Ukraine, the soldiers gave varying responses while suggesting they had been lied to and tricked into it.

The first Russian soldier said: “[We came here] for training. We were cheated a little, so that’s how I am here.”

The second Russian soldier replied: “For training. I was sent here by commanders.”

The third soldier said: “We were told we were being sent for training at first, but we were put on the frontline. People were demoralized and didn’t want to go, but they said you will become public enemies. We do not want this war. We just want to go home and we want peace.”

The fourth soldier echoed these sentiments, saying: “They told us that everything would be fine. We knew nothing. We were deceived and abandoned.”

Related: Report: Putin Hired 400 Russian Mercenaries To Assassinate Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky

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