Demoralized Russians ‘plot marriages of convenience’ to avoid war in Ukraine

Intelligence officers intercepted a phone call between a Russian soldier and his friend (Image: Getty Images)

Intelligence officers intercepted a phone call between a Russian soldier and his friend (Image: Getty Images)

Russian troops desperately plan “sham marriages” to escape war in Ukraine.

A bugged call has uncovered an alleged conversation between a soldier and his friend in Russia.

Ukraine’s intelligence service released details of the call today, the Telegraph revealed.

The soldier says officers had “no options at all” and were looking for ways to be fired and sent home.

“Either you get wounded, you get killed, or there’s an official order to retreat,” he tells his friend.

The soldier then explains that he tried to plan a marriage of convenience to escape the front lines.

According to the Telegraph, the soldier said: “I’ve already said to one of my friends: ‘Apply to the marriage office. I will tell you about it here.”

She said, ‘No way, that’s not an option’.

A Russian soldier guards an area in the Alley of Glory Heroic Deeds - Natives of the Kherson region who took part in the liberation of the region from the Nazi invaders in Kherson, Kherson region, southern Ukraine, Friday May 20, 2022 , with a replica of the Victory Banner on the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in the background. The Kherson region has been under the control of Russian forces since the early days of Russian military action in Ukraine. This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian Defense Ministry. (AP photo)

A Russian soldier guards an area in the Kherson region of Ukraine (Image: AP)

“Everyone here is trying in every way they can [to get out] … but there is no way.’

In a separate appeal, a soldier spoke of being “morally depressed” after his force’s water supply was cut off.

Experts say Putin’s troops remain overstretched, prompting a wave of low morale.

The war in Ukraine is now entering its 105th day.

Last month, captured Russian soldier Andrey Ushakov claimed morale had dropped so low that soldiers took their own lives.

Some have also intentionally injured themselves in hopes of being classified as “Cargo 300”, meaning they will be sent back to Russia.

Ushakov, 20, said he knew of two soldiers who shot and killed each other at the front.

He said: “Everyone panicked and wanted to leave but there was no way.

“The only way to leave was as 300. Some people couldn’t take it and they shot themselves.

“Two guys shot themselves because they couldn’t [cope]there was no other way out .

“Mentally they couldn’t cope with what was going on there.”

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