Pavel Filatyev, the Russian soldier against Putin’s regime: “I see no justice in this war”

Pavel Filatyev, the Russian soldier against Putin’s regime: “I see no justice in this war”

by Lorenzo Cremonesi

The former paratrooper wrote 142 pages denouncing the barbarity suffered by the Kremlin units sent in disarray to Ukraine. After days in hiding, he managed to leave the country, but his life was in danger

From our correspondent
KRAMATORSK (Donbass) – I don’t see justice in this war. I can’t find any truth. The condemnation of former paratrooper Pavel Filatyev against Putin’s regime and his generals, who sent him to Ukraine for an unfair and meaningless fight, comes in the form of a lengthy memorial on his country’s social media and in an interview published in the British newspaper Guardian was published.

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We were under artillery fire in Mykolaiv. At this point I was wondering what the hell are we doing in this shit. What is this war for? And then I thought, if I had survived, I would have done everything to stop it all, he states in the 142 pages of the denunciation that I am a real bomb against Putin and his plan to conquer Ukraine with weapons . Writing in the form of a diary and can be read in one breath. It tells about the confused orders, about the Russian units unprepared for the assigned tasks, reveals above all the lack of sleep, food, ammunition and all this together with the descriptions of their looting in the conquered Ukrainian cities.

The document proves once again how difficult it is for a dictatorial regime in the age of new mass communication to censor the counter-truths that challenge its official versions. Putin legitimizes the attack with the myth of Ukraine’s denazification, but the soldier panel exposes the barbarity of the Russian units, who are in disarray as they steal blankets and food from the newly occupied apartments. Like savages, we ate everything on our way: bread, porridge, jam, honey, coffee. We didn’t care, we had already been thrown over the edge, he writes.

In Russia, he is risking a great deal by posting Zov, a reference to the Z used by Russian soldiers on the special mission in Ukraine to identify vehicles and uniforms, on his page that Vkontakte launches on August 1. He hides for a few days, lives in the bush, sleeps in a different place every night, until two weeks ago he was unable to leave the country. Even now he has to be very careful: Russian agents could be chasing him.

August 18, 2022 (change August 18, 2022 | 16:23)