VLADIMIR Putin was hit by another mutiny when a total of 60 paratroopers reportedly refused to continue the fight in Ukraine.
Russia’s elite paratroopers reportedly staged a mutiny after seeing their comrades wiped out in combat.
The soldiers came from the Air Force Headquarters in Pskov in northern Russia.
The Refusenik troops had been transferred to Belarus as part of the invasion force, but after their mutiny, disgraced, they were sent back to their base in Pskov.
Some have been fired and branded “cowards,” while others face the Russian equivalent of a court-martial with likely jail terms.
Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu is said to have sent one of his deputies to Pskov to take action against insubordination.
Ukraine has claimed that the 60 or so soldiers are elite paratroopers, but this has not yet been confirmed, although they are from Pskov, a key headquarters of Russia’s most elite airborne troops.
The Russian opposition newspaper Pskovskaya Guberniya reported: “According to our sources, about 60 soldiers from Pskov refused to go to war on Ukrainian territory.
“After the first days of the war, they were first taken to the Republic of Belarus, and then returned to their base in Pskov.
“Most are currently being fired, but some are at risk of criminal prosecution.”
It is the latest of several cases in which Russian troops have refused to obey Vladimir Putin’s orders to invade Ukraine and “denazify” the country.
A previously captured Russian soldier from Pskov, Vladimir Safronov, 23, told his Ukrainian interrogators about problems with rations and how his officers looted civilians.
“Things are bad with groceries, we save them all the time,” he said.
“We very often have the situation that a ration for one person is divided between two people.
“We mainly eat what we find inside [civilian] Houses [in occupied Ukraine].
He said: “There’s a lot of looting going on, I’ve seen it personally.
“I don’t support it, it was mainly Oberfeldwebel and the commander who did it…
“I saw civilians hiding, people unable to evacuate, living in constant fear.
“I felt terribly sorry for them, it was scary to find them.”
It comes as…
According to earlier reports, the elite troops of the OMON special forces from Khakassia had refused to fight.
In another case, troops from the unofficial microstate of South Ossetia are said to have returned to their homes on foot after refusing to take part in hostilities in Ukraine.
The clip also shows common goods, such as frying pans and children’s toys, which are said to have been looted by the soldiers.
Putin’s army was repeatedly wiped out by Ukrainian militants who have put up strong resistance, prompting the Russian tyrant to resort to merciless bombing of civilians.
Dramatic drone footage showed one Ukrainian tank takes on an entire Russian columndestroyed several vehicles.
Russian armed forces have lost thousands of vehicles in the war in Ukraine, including hundreds of tanks and over 1800 other armored vehicles.
A British spy chief previously claimed Russian forces were balanced sabotage of their own weapons and refused to carry out orders amid a surge in battlefield casualties.
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