A Russian soldier fighting in the Donbas region of Ukraine was recorded shooting himself in a prank that literally backfired on him.
One of Vladimir Putin’s troops decided to let off some steam from the pressures of Russia's war with their neighbours by shooting himself in the stomach, which should have been well protected given it was encased by a bullet-proof vest.
As he was just about to pull the trigger, he shouted: “Look, this is the f*ing Donbas.”
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But the sound of the gun firing was followed immediately by the soldier collapsing in a heap on the ground.
He seemed to be badly winded, struggling to breathe and looked in pain, although his colleague managed to see the funny side.
His fellow troop who captured the stunt on camera, could be heard laughing and said: “Looks like he is injured.”
Russia are engaged in a fierce battle with Ukraine to conquer Donbas in the east of the country and there are said to have been 35,000 Russian deaths since the invasion on February 24.
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Moscow has been drafting in conscripts from the territories it controls in Ukraine, with reports suggesting that those who refuse to serve have been threatened with the death penalty.
Commenting on Russia’s attempts to conscript men in the Luhansk region, Ukraine’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Liudmyla Denisova, said: “The Russian occupiers are searching the area for men who have moved deep into the occupied territories and to safer locations places to flee shelling.
“They raid apartments, households, and suburban areas. Conscripts are taken away at gun-point, and in case of any resistance, the men are threatened with execution.”
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