The Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine’s defense ministry intercepted а phone call of a russian military.
In this conversation, russian soldier Oleg Karaev mentioned that putin ordered to “destroy everything” if russian attack in the east of Ukraine does not have any success until May 10, the intelligence statement says.
He told that russian army is trying to capture Rubizhne (Luhansk region), but they are ‘just levelling with earth’ Lysychansk and Severodonetsk (Luhansk region), as it is impossible to break through the Ukrainian defense line.
The invader noted that they cannot move forward even using tanks and artillery because the Ukrainian forces have very strong positions.
This conversation confirms that russia has chosen the tactic of destroying Ukrainian cities and commiting war crimes against civilians as directed by the country’s top military and political leadership, includin putin, the intelligence statement says.
As reported earlier, more than 10,000 civilians have been killed in Mariupol since the start of the russian siege.