Russian troops boast of war crimes and stealing cognac in leaked calls back home

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The private phone calls of Russian soldiers have been leaked and reveal troops have been allegedly looting homes of fleeing Ukrainians as they brag about downing almost £200 (7kUAH) worth of cognac.

As Ukrainians across the country flee their homes following Russia’s invasion last month, intercepted phone calls allegedly from Russian troops have been shared online.

In these calls, the soldiers are heard bragging to loved ones back home about taking mink coats, a TV worth over a thousand pounds, meat grinder, blender, Yamaha speakers and more.

One Russian soldier said: “Went to looter a f***ing bit”.

Another voice is heard replying: “Don’t looter motherf***ers a bit, go big.”

One of the other calls saw a soldier admit to drinking some expensive cognac as other voices, believed to be family back home, on the series of calls told them “shoot the motherf***ers”.

They also reveal how a group they captured was forced to undress before they were shot in the forest.

It is unknown whether or not these were Ukrainian troops or civilians but they mentioned they were killed to stop the Russian troops location from being discovered.

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Another soldier, who admitted to looting, said: “I am telling you, the fact I am still alive is like we won a lottery ticket. One out of a hundred thousands.”

The calls were posted on Twitter in a video by the official Twitter account of Ukraine.

The tweet said: “These are real intercepted calls: Russian soldiers in Ukraine call their close ones back in Russia to tell how it is going so far. Looting and war crimes included. Please, share! The world must know the truth of what they’re doing to our homes and people."

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Meanwhile, world leaders have condemned the bombing of a children's hospital in Ukraine on Wednesday, where officials said a Russian air strike buried patients under rubble despite a ceasefire agreement to allow people out of the besieged city of Mariupol.

The attack, which authorities said injured women in labour and left children in the wreckage, is the latest grim incident of the 14-day invasion, the biggest assault on a European state since 1945.

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