Russian Army in Ukraine: Revenge on Commanders: Russian soldiers in Ukraine's Donbas burn down their own rocket launcher

18:04 Jul. 23, 2016

Revenge on Commanders: Russian soldiers in Ukraine's Donbas burn down their own rocket launcher

Russian-backed forces fire Grad rockets on Ukrainian positions on February 13, 2015 in Debaltseve, Ukraine (Getty Images)

Intelligence says soldiers protested harsh treatment and disappearance of their smartphones

Russian soldiers stationed in the occupied city of Horlivka deliberately destroyed their artillery system to protest a theft of their phones and rough treatment from commanders. The incident was reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

Read also Ukraine intelligence reports at least 22 militant Grad systems still on the frontline

In a Facebook posting the representatives of Ukrainian intelligence said Russian soldiers, dispirited by long stay on combat positions, lack of financial support and ill-treatment, intentionally burned down their BM-21 Grad - a truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher.

The Russian servicemen were reportedly indignant when their personal smartphones vanished and commanders explained it as security measures. Those who actively protested were arrested and locked up.

Watch also Russian-backed separatists increase shellings along the frontline

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