Because the violent battle in Ukraine enters its fourth day, Ukrainian officers have been releasing dozens of movies of what they declare are captured Russian troopers for the reason that disaster started.
Who’s Leonid Paktishev? What did occur to him?
A severely injured soldier could be seen in one of many viral movies launched by Ukraine’s inside ministry. He introduces himself as Leonid Paktishev, the pinnacle of a Rostov-based sniper unit. As well as, a number of channels have been releasing movies and pictures of captured Russian troops. Sadly, households of those troopers are unaware of their family members’ function within the invasion of Ukraine.
In response to the sources, the members of the family of Paktishev have been shocked and indignant after watching the video. They didn’t know Ukrainian forces had captured him.
“I used to be despatched the video of my brother captured at 2am final night time. I used to be fully shocked. I had no concept that he was combating in there,” mentioned Yelena Polivtseva, the sister of Paktishev.
Within the video, Paktishev, who hails from the western Siberian village of Mezdhurechenskiy, claims to be the chief of a crew of three snipers.
“I knew Leonid was within the navy, however I had no concept that he was despatched to Ukraine. I don’t suppose he would have been conscious of it both,” Polivtseva, who used her maiden identify, acknowledged.
When requested about her brother’s function in Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, Polivtseva responded she wasn’t “certified” to guage the choice of “commander-in-chief”. Nonetheless, she expressed that the violence would come to a cease.
“Nobody wants this, not Ukraine and never Russia. I imagine we will come to an settlement by peaceable means in order that our sons, brothers and husbands don’t die.” She mentioned that she final spoke to her brother through the New Yr’s vacation. On Thursday, the day the invasion started, and he turned 28, she additionally despatched him a birthday message on social media. “I noticed he was not on-line and acquired a bit frightened then. Now am so so frightened, I haven’t slept all night time, my kids are crying, our mom is in a important state.”
Russian officers haven’t acknowledged in response to the movies which were posted.
They’re retaining the privateness of their troopers combating in Ukraine below wraps.
On Sunday night, the Russian defence ministry acknowledged for the primary time that there have been “useless and wounded troopers amongst our comrade[s].” Nonetheless, it mentioned that “the variety of destroyed [Ukrainian] nationalists by far outweighs” the variety of Russian casualties.
“In one of many movies, revealed early on Sunday morning on the Telegram channel Discover Your Personal, arrange by Ukraine’s inside ministry, a visibly injured soldier identifies himself as Leonid Paktishev, the commander of a sniper unit based mostly within the Rostov area.” https://t.co/UR8VJmJm4U
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