WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT. A clip recorded in-front of a blitzed Russian military vehicle shows household items plundered by Russian troops after they scurried through civilian homes in Ukraine
Russia: Footage appears to show items looted by troops
The corpses of 10 slaughtered Russian soldiers were abandoned by their comrades and piled up beside their tank, it is claimed.
A clip recorded next to the blitzed Russian military vehicle appears to show household items strewn on the ground after they were allegedly plundered when Vladimir Putin’s troops scurried through civilian homes in Ukraine.
Among the looted items on the video are cooking pans, electric drills, and even children’s toys.
In further signs that the Kremlin’s chaotic invasion has descended into pandemonium, the troops were allegedly ambushed, in the northeastern town of Sumy, close to the Russian border.
The footage was shared by German journalist, Julian Ropcke, who writes for Bild.de.
He tweeted: “These Russians stole pans, toys, drills. But for this group, the raid in Sumy ended in death.”
A grim photo shows the corpses stacked on top of each other beside the armoured personnel carrier they went raiding in.
Just days ago, Ukrainian sources claimed as many as 17,000 Russian troops have been slain during the five-week war.
Estimates from NATO suggest the number is significantly lower, at between 7,000 and 15,000 soldiers.
It comes after Moscow redrew its attack lines, ordering troops withdraw from areas of northern Ukraine to refocus efforts on the Donbass region.
Over the past few days Ukraine has retaken over 30 towns and villages in the Kyiv region.
As the Russian soldiers abandon the cities and towns, they’ve been leaving behind mines and booby traps, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
And as journalists enter the “liberated” areas, evidence has emerged of alleged atrocities – including the rape of women and children, post-mortem mutilations of torture victims, and the extrajudicial slaughter of innocent civilians.
The revelations of recent days come after Russia announced it was going to scale down military operations around Kyiv and refocus its efforts in the pro-Russia east.
Some have speculated this was in an attempt to limit the country’s losses and reinforce its forces who are already stretched thin.
In a video address released last week, President Zelensky said: “In the north of our country, the invaders are leaving.
“It is slow but noticeable. In some places they are being kicked out with fighting. Elsewhere they’re abandoning the positions themselves.
“They are mining all this territory. Houses are mined, equipment is mined, even the bodies of dead people.”
But at the time, Zelensky was unaware of the full picture.
In the days that followed, evidence of war crimes emerged from formerly occupied towns, like Bucha to the northwest of the capital.
Zelensky today told the UN Security Council soldiers had slit the throats of non-combatants, raped and killed mothers in front of their children, and cut out tongues “because they didn’t hear what they wanted to.”
The Ukrainian leader went on to say the atrocities were “just for their pleasure” and that soldiers “cut off limbs” and “slashed their [civillian’s] throats”.
After comparing the Russian soldiers to ISIS, he went on to add there is “not a single crime that they (the Russian forces) would not commit”.