A Russian soldier’s heartbreaking final text to his mother before his death has gone viral.
The message, from an unidentified man, was released by the Security Service of Ukraine.
Sergiy Kyslytsya, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations, read out the conversation at a press conference, revealing the soldier felt ‘afraid’.
Watch the press conference where the text message was revealed below…
It began with the mother writing: “Why has it been so long since you responded? Are you really in training exercises?”
The man responded: “Mum, I’m no longer in Crimea. I’m not in training sessions.”
After being asked where he was, he then said: “Mum, I am in Ukraine, there is a real war raging here.
“I’m afraid. We are bombing all of the cities… even targeting civilians. We were told that they would welcome us. And they are falling under our armoured vehicles.”
The exchange was shared on Twitter, and many expressed their heartache at what was happening.
“Some Russian families will never know if their children are coming home from war, if they are missing or dead, what happened to them, where their bodies are,” one penned. “They might not even know that they went to war. The Russian military doesn’t much care for their soldiers.”
A second said: “They just leave them dead. I think of their mothers, wives, kids. Breaks my heart.”
“This is why it’s so important that we reach the Russian population to inform them of what’s really going on here, bypassing state-run media,” a third wrote. “Their families deserve to know the truth. Help give them that opportunity.”
A fourth mused: “My heart is aching for everyone in this conflict who is not an Oligarch.”
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