The Russian army seems to have attacked a battalion of its own proxy forces in Donbas, Ukraine’s SBU security service said in a Telegram post on July 10.
The post includes an audio intercept of an enemy soldier’s phone call, as evidence.
“(Our) boys were somewhere near Berdyansk,” a fighter from Moscow’s Donbas proxies can be heard saying.
“Without pay, without any f***ing anything. I gather they weren’t even being fed. They were then deployed to the front line. After sitting there for a while, they started to move back, only to clash with Russians. The Russians completely wrecked them. Imagine that kind of army.”
Casualty figures from the incident are reportedly being suppressed by the Russian military command.
“Russian invaders attempted to keep this under wraps, even though conscripted people from temporarily occupied areas of Donbas can see they are being spent as cannon fodder,” the SBU said in its message.