Following the continued attacks and bombardments by the Russian Armed Forces into Ukraine, notably targeting residential areas in Kharkiv and Kyiv’s main television tower, Russian troops are surrendering to Ukrainian forces without a fight and leaving their military vehicles out for Ukrainians to recover.

According to a report done by CNN, a US official has stated that there had been evidence of “averse behavior” from the Russian troops who seem to be willing to ignore their officers and NCOs in just walking away from the battle, “You’ve seen it on the ground, where units are surrendering, sometimes without a fight,” said the US official.

This report comes after Ukraine’s Representative to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya claimed that Russian soldiers were lied to by their own government during the United Nations General Assembly. A series of text messages from an alleged dead young Russian soldier to his mother revealed that Russian soldiers did not know they would be deployed to Ukraine and thought they were in Crimea for military exercises only. The Russian soldier also texted his mother, saying that he was “afraid” and that they were bombing civilians in Ukrainian cities.

“I’m scared; we’re hitting everyone, even civilians,” said the soldier. “We had been told that people would welcome us here, but they jump under our vehicles, not letting us pass. They call us fascists. Mom, it’s so hard.”

This reveals that a significant amount of the troops committed to this fight are green recruits with no combat experience. “And they’ve got, a lot of these soldiers are conscripts, never been in combat before, some of whom we believe weren’t even told they were going to be in combat,” said the US official to CNN.