Russian troops start shooting civilians after receiving news of Ukrainian strikes at their warehouses and barracks, Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Hayday told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Jan. 3.
“They see that warehouses with ammunition explode, they see that barracks explode with hundreds of soldiers dying there; this makes them lose their minds,” said Hayday.
He added that after taking casualties on the battlefield, Russian troops tend to further terrorize civilians in occupied Ukrainian territories.
“We have information, which is being verified, about drunk troops shooting at civilians,” Hayday said.
“They can shoot a civilian, if it occurs to them they could be an ‘accomplice’ of Ukrainian troops.”
According to the governor, the invaders also kidnap about 10-15 civilians from some settlements in order to intimidate local residents.
“This suggests that they are approaching the point of a mental breakdown,” he added.
On Jan. 1, a Ukrainian rocket artillery strike devastated a Russian staging area in occupied Makiivka, Donetsk Oblast. The facility served as both troop barracks and ammunition depot, with estimated casualty figures exceeding 400 people. Russian Defense Ministry later acknowledged at least 65 soldiers were killed in the strike.