Forgive us! Putin shamed as Russian soldiers write prayers in Ukraine

Russian soldiers moan about commanders in intercepted audio

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A photo shared on social media shows a statue of the Virgin Mary where Russian soldiers reportedly stood to beg for forgiveness for the atrocities committed during the war. The statue appears to be built outside the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Mother of God, in Gostomel, near Kyiv. On the base of the statue, a message is written in pink paint.

The message translates to “Mommy of God, forgive us your sons”.

The photo was shared on Twitter by Illia Ponomarenko, defence reporter with The Kyiv Independent.

Posting the picture, Illia wrote: “Hostomel.

“This was probably written by Russians (please correct me if I’m wrong), a Mary monument in front of a local church.

“‘Mommy of God, forgive us your sons.’”

And the reporter continued by commenting: “Yes, you kinda have a lot to answer for in his battered town.”

With the war is in its second month, the morale of the Russian army seems to have crashed.

Exhausted soldiers are being pressed into a new Kremlin offensive.

A Russian army officer admitted he has been forced to shoot at his troops to force them to fight.

A recently intercepted telephone conversation between a Russian officer and his wife revealed the desperation of Putin’s frontline commanders as they try to motivate their soldiers.

The officer said: “My soldiers don’t want to fight. I even shoot them – but it’s no use.”

At the same time, an expert has claimed that the Russian army is failing and it “may not survive in Donbas”.

Speaking on The Telegraph’s ‘Ukraine: The Latest’ podcast, journalist Mutaz Ahmed said it is “becoming clear that Russia can’t defend itself from a medium to small-sized country”.

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He said: “That’s very embarrassing, and it adds to this sense that the Russian military is a paper tiger.

“In the first stage of the war, we saw that the Russian army had deep logistical problems.”

While Dr Mike Martin, military expert and war studies visiting fellow at King’s College London, tweeted that the Russians have “fizzled” as the units pulled out of Kyiv were thrown straight back into Battle.

He predicted that “the Russians are gonna run out of troops, and the Ukrainians are going to counter-attack”.

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