An intercepted call posted by Ukraine’s Security Services revealed that Russian soldiers were experiencing low morale. A soldier outlined a situation where their unit had a stand-off with a Russian general waving a pistol around and ordering them to fight, with one Russian soldier pulling the pin on a grenade and inviting him to go ahead and shoot.

Before we go any further, we would like to remind our readers that Russian and Ukrainian propaganda are very much prevalent throughout this 4-month-old war, which is why we urge you to take this information with a grain of salt as the Ukrainians are very much able to create their own war propaganda. Independent media sources had not verified the audio from the intercepted phone call.

The intercepted phone call, which was between a Russian soldier and his wife, recounted a situation wherein a Russian unit located somewhere in Donetsk had a stand-off with Russian Colonel-General Valeriy Solodchuk, the commander of the 36th Army.

Apparently, Solodchuk was hellbent on furthering the advance in Donetsk, so he ordered what was left of the 36th Army to fight to the frontlines.