Russian officers complain about equipment theft by soldiers

30 October 2022, 02:55 PM
Occupiers (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Occupiers (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian officers are complaining about thefts of military equipment by their own soldiers in Ukraine: they’re steal thermal imagers and send them home, one officer said in an intercepted phone call shared by Ukrainian intelligence on Telegram on Oct. 30.

In another intercepted phone call, a Russian battalion commander in Kherson Oblast advised his counterpart to take a thermal imager to the front line, but warned against sharing it with soldiers. According to him, they often steal military equipment.

“Shady things often happen here at night,” the officer can be heard saying.

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“Movement starts when it gets dark. Never give it (a thermal imager) to a soldier. It's better go into battle yourself. Because these f***ing soldiers grab everything and send that home. So many imagers have been stolen.”

He also says he does not want to get new thermal imagers and thus tells the soldiers to “use their ears.”

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