They are Russian prisoners of war and not a day goes by that they don’t think about going home. They hope to be exchanged for Ukrainian prisoners. In jail, they have time to reflect on how and why they got there.
Nicolai recounts that “on television, the propaganda told them that the Ukrainian government had been taken over by the Nazis. With their flags and everything.” But he discovered “that it was not so.”
Another officer, who did not want to give his name, has also reflected on the matter: “I am a Russian officer. And I have always served in the army. It was my goal since I was a child. That’s why I can’t regret anything.”
On the ground, the war continues. Russia claims Thursday’s missile attack disrupted NATO’s “transportation of arms and ammunition.” Ukraine claims to have shot down dozens of missiles, but confesses to being defenseless against Kinzhal hypersonic missiles (Russia launched two) and calls for Patriots from the allies.
Ten dead on Friday
Russian airstrikes killed at least 10 Ukrainian civilians and injured 20 others in one day, the Ukrainian president’s office said on Friday.
The new fatalities include at least two civilians in the southern city of Kherson, recaptured by Ukrainian troops in November, and two more in the eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk province.
The missiles and self-propelled drones that Russian forces fired on Thursday struck deeper into Ukrainian territory, killing at least 11 people.
Far from there, in Stockholm, the Swedish Minister of Justice and the European Commissioner for Justice say that “we are facing the highest number of documented war crimes of all time”: 65,000 incidents of alleged crimes committed in Ukraine.
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